- How did you get started in the industry?
I started working at the local garden machinery dealer in the village where I was brought up after leaving school. I've always been fascinated by mechanics - I was forever repairing engines in my spare time, so it seemed like a good career for me.
- What advice would you give for others starting out?
Work hard and be willing to move anywhere in the country - opportunities are limited if you are tied to a particular area. For example, some of the top golf clubs are in Scotland, so that's where some of the top jobs are too.
- What is the best part of your job?
Getting to watch the sunrise every morning.
- And the worst?
Having to go out in the rain.
- How do you wind down after a hard day's work?
I live on site at Ham Manor, so I like to go on a run around the course or the local estate. Otherwise, dinner and something good on television does it for me.
- What piece of equipment can't you do without at work?
We use our Toro Greensmaster 3250-D mowers for three or four hours every day, so I'd have to say them really. We use them for cutting a lot of different areas on the golf course - they're so versatile and reliable.
- What does the future hold professionally?
I'm off to American in January as part of my Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award prize, for a six-week educational trip. When I return I would like to start working towards getting a course manager position, because that's my next career goal.