Matt Cresswell (B.Agr Production and Management)
Senior Manager


Matt joins SSDM having over 20 years experience within the sports turf industry. He has worked at a regional government level as the Auckland Council Sports Turf Advisor (for 10 years) and more recently as a Consultant for P.R.I Consultants. Matt's broad wealth of experience within the sports turf sector has provided him with an invaluable insight and understanding of the value of community recreation, local government's responsibilities and the technical challenges involved in delivering appropriate sports turf and recreation facilities.

A major focus of Matt's role within SSDM is to identify and foster further relationships between SSDM and the wider turf-related industry and in so doing benefit both the Consultancy and the New Zealand sports turf industry.

Will Bowden (Higher National Diploma. Dip. Environmental Management)
Manager Agronomy & Research - Principle contact for Golf Course, Ecological Services & Turf Clinic


Will has over 14 years of academic and practical experience of greenkeeping in NZ, the US and UK. More recently he was employed as a programme manager and lecturer in sports turf in the UK.

Will specialises in providing golf course consultancy and advice, having recently established the SSDM Turf Clinic for turf pest and disease analysis. His  experience in applied habitat management, golf course biodiversity and habitat restoration of golf courses means he can advise on any related environmental issues regarding natural landscape management.Will is a member of the New Zealand Ecological Society and on the Executive board of STANZ.

Blair Cornthwaite (GradDipRurStud)
Senior Designer - Principle contact for Sports Fields and Council


Blair has 22 years of practical experience in the golf and turf industries and brings a significant amount of experience in warm season turfgrass management to the consultancy.  He has spent the bulk of his professional career working with couchgrass, seashore paspalum and zoysia grasses on golf courses in Asia.

Blair also focuses on sports surface condition assessment, monitoring and testing of natural and artificial turf surfaces.

Mike Robins
Sports Turf Consultant


Mike has 18 years experience across turf, landscaping and project management. The majority of Mike’s experience has been the construction and management of sportsfields and he has a particular passion for the sport of cricket.   Mike is currently assisting the SSDM team on the design and delivery of sportsfield upgrades for the Christchurch City Council and has undertaken a number of Cricket Field assessments for New Zealand Cricket.