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Tim-FellTim FellETP PresidentTim retired from Tillers Turf in 2016 having spent 35 years growing turf, specilaising in the supply of turf to golf courses both in the UK and throughout Europe.

Filippo-LulliFilippo LulliETP Secretary – Filippo is a PhD from Pisa University and founded his company, Turf Europe, in 2009. He specialises in consulting, courses and R&D work in the filed of turfgrass and urban green areas.

Alexander-RichterAlexander RichterETP Treasurer – Alexander Richter grew up in a sodgrowers family. The family business was founded in 1906 by his great-grandfather Heinrich Richter and in 1999 Alexander Richter became Managing Director of the RICHTER RASEN GMBH and started a sod production on natural sand rootzone in Slovakia. Since then he has supplied numerous renowned football stadiums and golfgreens all over Europe.

Christiaan-ArendsChristiaan ArendsBoard Member – Head of Sales and Marketing at Barenbrug. He is active in the turf industry since 2000. He has worked in both USA and Europe for Barenbrug.

Johnny-TrandemJohnny TrandemBoard Member

pvmPeter van MispelaarBoard Member – Owner and sales Director at Vanmac. As a mechanical engineer graduated from the University of Amersfoort. And first class mechanic in agricultural machinery graduated on the University of Houten. I have skills and knowledge essential in grass management. Born on a dairy farm, with 25 year experience in grass machinery engineering, grass management on dairy farms, turf farms and airports.



plsPierluigi StradaBoard Member – Pierluigi after a law degree, and a master in Agri-food Business, established Plantec, with his sister Ada, in 2000, introducing turf production besides traditional vegetables production in their family farm. Presently Plantec is specialized in supporting  landscapers, beyond sod production (cool season and several warm season varieties in production) also with  Hydroseeding, Stolonizations, and Hydrostolonizations.

Arnaud Dugast – Board Member – A founder and key figure in important French concerns, first Sitoflor, now Cover Garden (Bordeaux), Arnaud can boast a unique mix of experience and innovation spirit in the marketing of green area and turfgrass sod products in France and all over Europe.


Rafael Castro – Board Member – CEO Novogreen Turf – Spain. Graduate in Economics and Business Administration, he started his professional career as auditor. In 1988 he took over the Financial Direction of Valderrama Golf Club. Today, Rafael is the CEO of Novogreen and one of the major shareholders of the Company, founded in 2005, and the leading turfgrass producer in Spain.

kniggeAlbrecht Knigge – Board Member – CEO Rasenland – Germany. Albrecht Knigge grew up on an arable estate near Hanover, Germany. After graduating at Seale Hayne, University of Plymouth in England  he joined his fathers newly started turf enterprise in 1996. Since then Albrecht has developed the business and taken the position of Owner/Director and set up further turf farms under the Brand name of “Rasenland”. He was a founding member and the first President of the German Turfgrass Association. He is married to Caroline, they have three children and  in his free time he enjoys microlighting, shooting and skiing.