Vacancies - GMA Board of Directors

Do you know anyone who would be suitable to join the Grounds Management Association Board of Directors?

The Grounds Management Association Board vacancies (Sectors - Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and Universities)

About the Grounds Management Association

With the GMA having undergone significant change and momentum in the past decade The Grounds Management Association is looking to replace two retiring Directors with people who can build on the solid foundations of previous Board members and help build the profile status and standing of this proud profession.

The Grounds Management Association is at an exciting new phase of its development. With a new Chairman, new Independent recruits to the GMA Board and a growing executive team, we are looking for people who can both sustain and build our forward momentum. The GMA is a membership not for profit organisation comprising of the 4-home country nations in England, Scotland, Wales & N. Ireland and is the leading body representing the voluntary and professional sports turf / groundsmanship sectors.

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) was founded in 1934 by WH Bowles BEM Head Groundsman at Eton College. The first 11 founder members formed the National Association of Groundsmen which became the Grounds Management Association in 1969. The original purpose was defined as being to improve the status of groundstaff and the standard of groundsmanship.

Our vision seeks to:

Promote quality surfaces and quality services and establish the Institute as the leading professional organisation for grounds management, recognised by the national governing bodies of sport and the public, private and voluntary sectors for its industry knowledge and technical expertise.

In short the GMA works to enable your future success.


The Grounds Management Association is committed to compliance with the Sporting Code of Good Governance and is now looking to recruit and appoint 2 new sector directors from the Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and University sectors.  Duties include:

  • To attend board meetings (4-6 per year)
  • To attend GMA SALTEX annually
  • To attend the GMA awards annually
  • To attend other GMA Events
  • To put yourself forward for any strategy / working groups as required
  • To constructively challenge Board and executive decision making from a neutral and independent perspective
  • Help develop proposals on strategy
  • Constantly seek to establish and maintain confidence in the Grounds Management Association
  • Lend your experience and background knowledge of the role and profile of Groundsmanship especially in relation to Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Have an enquiring mind and be independent in judgement
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity
  • Question intelligently, debate constructively and decide dispassionately
  • Advance the promotion, profile and understanding of the profession


Two sector positions are being recruited, the sectors in particular to be represented are Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges and Universities. To provide a breadth of skills across the Board it is anticipated that the candidates will have one of the following areas of experience and knowledge:

  • Previous senior management experience
  • Ability to influence
  • A passion for sports turf and the advancement of the profession
  • Knowledge of education and professional development
  • Experience of working in educational environments as a lecturer or Senior role within the facility

Candidates should possess an interest in sports turf management / Groundsmanship and be enthusiastic about assisting the Institute, to develop the strategy and governance to help develop the performance credentials of the profession. The term is for three years (with a possible 2 x three-year additional terms). The time required will vary but Board members should be able to contribute to the further development of the organisation. Candidate applications from the Local Authority, Schools, Colleges and University sectors are most welcome.


Sector directors may be appointed for a maximum of 3 terms of 3 years and duties require approximately 7-12 days per annum.  This includes attending GMA Board meetings, the annual AGM and Staff Event, GMA SALTEX and GMA Awards, working groups and other events as required.

Board meetings are usually held in the months of February, May, September and November, SALTEX takes place annually with the GMA Awards at the beginning of November. This is a voluntary position which is not remunerated other than for the reimbursement of travel expenses to attend board meetings and events.


The Grounds Management Association recognises that it is essential to provide equal opportunities to all persons without discrimination. It is the policy of The GMA to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, marital status, disability, age, part-time or fixed term contract status, sexual orientation or religion, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. The organisation is committed not only to its legal obligations but also to the positive promotion of equality of opportunity in all aspects of appointments and/or employment.

How to apply

To apply in confidence in the first instance please send a direct message to Geoff Webb CEO of the Grounds Management Association, outlining your background and suitability for the role in no more than 250 Words. Or record a 30 a second video and upload and email

How to apply (note you should either be a full member of the GMA or, willing to join the GMA prior to appointment) supporting signatures for nominees will be sought from four existing GMA member’s.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday the 21st August 2019