Me & My Job - Darren Hatcher, technical manager, Headland Amenity

Darren Hatcher, technical manager, Headland Amenity - image: HW
Darren Hatcher, technical manager, Headland Amenity - image: HW

- How did you get started in the industry? I took a year out from working as a golf course manager in 2002 to travel through India, South East Asia, China, Australia and the USA with my wife. I had kept in touch with Iain Richardson here at Headland who told me that one of the company's distributors was looking for a representative to cover a new area in Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex. Little did I know then that six years later I would be working for Headland.

- What advice would you give to others starting out? Make sure you get all the facts before you make any comment.

- What does your typical day involve? No day is the same in my job. One day I might be looking at a football pitch in the middle of a built-up area, the next I'm on a golf course way out in the countryside. My customer base is as varied as the questions I get asked regarding sports turf.

- What is the best aspect of your job? Working closely with customers so that you know exactly what they are trying to achieve and helping them to do it.

And the worst? Paperwork - on paper and electronically.

- What has been your greatest achievement at work? I think that's for other people to decide.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work? Listening to music and reading books seems do it for me.

What does the future hold? If I really knew I wouldn't be talking to you - I'd be buying a lottery ticket. I think our industry has developed considerably over the past 10 years and our understanding of how to look after fine turf 365 days a year is much better than it's ever been. What I see happening in the future is less reliance on pesticide use and more use of alternative non-pesticide products to reduce plant stress, therefore increasing plant health.

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