Rain Bird regional golf sales manager for UK, Ireland, Iceland and Scandinavia Jimmy Sandison said Gilks has "valuable, practical experience in the golf sector and considerable expertise in irrigation and water management."
A former greenkeeper at The Belfry, Gilks joined Rain Bird from Farol where he specialised in sales to golf sector customers. He also worked for MJ Abbott in engineering.
He said: "Irrigation is my specialism and having been involved with every aspect of golf course systems, from construction to water management, I understand the challenges golf clubs face. I’m delighted to join the Rain Bird team."