Andrew Mitchell

Research Manager & Agronomist

Providing agronomic advice for golf, bowls, horse race tracks and sports fields sectors. Testing of artificial turf surfaces and materials against WR, FIFA, FIH and World Bowls standards. Teaching, marking and writing resources for New Zealand's level 3, 4 and 5 trainees and trainees associated with Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF), Certificate in Greenkeeping Program (CIG). Managing turf research projects for various companies and organizations.

Areas of Expertise

Design and management of turf research trials; performance testing of natural and synthetic turf surfaces including development of testing protocols; management of rootzones; data analysis

Career Accomplishments

Active roll in providing training services to the CIG program with AGIF; successful management and completion of various research trials and projects for a range of clients including turf supply companies, Bowls NZ, etc.; gaining FIFA/WR certification (temporary) for testing synthetic surfaces; assisted in development of procedures for benchmarking sports fields and golf courses

Languages Spoken

English

Favourite Pastimes

Gardening, fishing, music, member of local Green Corridors Group (involved in re-establishing native flora and fauna, trapping pest species in reserve land near my house)

Favourite Quote

I'd rather be fishing...