Me & My Job - Dougie Archibald, area manager, Charterhouse

Dougie on his journey from apprentice groundsman at the Scottish Rugby Union to his role with the leading dealer.

Dougie Archibald - Image: HW
Dougie Archibald - Image: HW

How did you get started in the industry? I began at 17 as a YTS apprentice groundsman at the Scottish Rugby Union (Murrayfield Stadium) and eventually progressed to deputy head groundsman before I left. From there, I became a machinery sales demonstrator for Scottish Grass Machinery in Inverkeithing in Fife, demonstrating grounds care machinery throughout Scotland. For the past seven years, before joining Charterhouse, I was an area sales manager for Sherriff Groundcare in East Lothian, south-east Scotland.

What does your typical day involve? I’m not sure there ever is one. I could be doing a demo, in a meeting, doing an installation of a new machine or visiting an end user with dealer staff. It’s this variety that I enjoy.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Be passionate about what you do and enjoy what I think is a great industry that is growing all the time.

What is the best part of your job? Being out and about doing demonstrations with a fantastic product range and getting to enjoy the great British weather.

And the worst? The great British weather.

What has been your greatest achievement at work? Being awarded the Institute of Groundsmanship student of the year award at Oatridge Agricultural College during the time I was an apprentice groundsman.

How do you wind down after a hard day? Spending time with my family and Murphy, my Irish setter.

What does the future hold? Continuing in my role with Charterhouse in doing a job I really enjoy and keeping us at the very top of the grounds care industry.


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