Louise, taking the lead on finance and strategy on the GMA Young Board of Directors, provides an insight into the multitude of different avenues available to young people in grounds.
Anthony, current vice-chairman of the GMA Young Board of Directors, has worked his way from the ground up with his career. Starting in a volunteer position at the age of just 15, Anthony has gone on to fill numerous roles in the grounds industry.
Brad has been on the board for the past four years helping to inspire young people to take up a career in grounds. After getting a taste of the industry at just age 14 assisting the club groundsman of a local semi-professional football club.
Joe had an interest in all things green from a young age and has since gone to represent the environmental side of groundskeeping. In his role as events orgniser on the GMA Young Board of Directors, he hopes raise awareness of
Jessica Mayho is the GMA Young Board's Facilitator, helping to making the events run by the board a reality and getting more young people interested in grounds.
Business and events manager at Leeds University
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GMA Young Board
DRIVING CHANGE AND GETTING GIRLS INTO GROUNDS
Jessica Mayho is the GMA Young Board's Facilitator, helping to making the events run by the board a reality and getting more young people interested in grounds. Alongside her work for the Young Board, Jessica not only the business and events manager for the Sports Park at Leeds University but also a hammer thrower training for the 2024 Olympics. Through the Young Board she hopes to be a driving force of change and highlight the grounds sector as a career opportunity for girls too.
I’ve been flying the flag for women in sports since I started hammer throwing and now I’m adding to that by focusing that passion into recruiting more women in the groundscare sector.
Why did you decide to get involved with the GMA Young Board of Directors?
My relationship with the GMA started when it commissioned me to undertake a research project into how it could progress its engagement with women and extend diversity within the grounds management community. I’d heard about other work the GMA was doing including with the Young Board of Directors so when the role of facilitator came up I jumped at it.
What’s your role on the board?
My role is to refresh and expand the Board and plan events. Events are where the heart of the Board lies and where we see we can make the most difference. So I am here to help facilitate the Board’s plans in that area; I deal with the organisation, logistics, and all the behind-the-scenes things needed to help make everything go smoothly.
What do you enjoy most about being involved?
The highlight so far is the Schools into Stadia event we arranged at Lincoln Football Ground, This was our biggest event yet and saw us give dozens of year 10 school children a taste of what it’s like to be a grounds person at a professional sporting club, as well as some of the careers you can pursue in grounds management. It’s an event we’re all really proud of.
What do you most hope to achieve?
We’re looking to have another event this year and then three events in 2024. That would be such an achievement.
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