At the latest BIGGA Board of Management meeting Chairman Andrew Mellon informed the Board of his need to relinquish his role. The circumstance being his appointment as General Manager for a company in Qatar.
It was agreed that he will step down from his role of BIGGA chairman during next month's Open Championship at which time the current Vice Chairman, Tony Smith of Teesside Golf Club, will take over for the remainder of the year, before beginning his intended full year of office at the AGM in January.
On tendering his resignation Andrew said, "BIGGA has always been a great support to me, from the very first day I became a Greenkeeper, and right through to my current role. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve on the Board. I wish Tony Smith all the best during his term as Chairman."
Andrew is leaving his position as Golf Operations Manager at Elmwood College having been there for nearly 12 years. Starting as a student Greenkeeper he steadily rose through the ranks to Greenkeeper Instructor and then to his present position. He will take up his new post on September 1st with Hydroturf International, the Middle East's leading golf course and landscaping supply company.
In the two and a half years Andrew has been involved on the Board of Management he has served the membership with great drive, passion and commitment. The entire board and staff of the Association wish to recognise his huge contribution and wish him all the very best with his new challenge.
Andrew again, "The professionalism, the passion, and the friendship I've witnessed during my time at BIGGA from the members, the staff, and the Board have helped me understand why BIGGA is so important within this industry. I'm confident it will go from strength to strength under the current leadership and continue to further develop its support to the membership. I've made many good friends, and I hope to keep in contact. I am sad to be leaving, but excited at the new opportunity I have. I'd like to thank everyone for their support to me, and wish everyone the very best going forward."