In our Behind The Drop Q&A series, we bring you brief interviews with some of the minds driving innovation at Aquatrols. We speak to a wide variety of folks who work here at Aquatrols, exploring topics from research, to conservation, to business.
Today we are featuring an interview with Emma Beggs, who recently joined the Aquatrols team as a Portfolio Manager in the European part of our business. From her extensive experience as a turfgrass agronomist, Emma discusses her transition to the Aquatrols team.
What was your first position within the golf industry?
I was very lucky to be employed as a Turfgrass Research Officer at STRI and moved to Bingley to take up this role. I was able to work with some great people on various turfgrass research projects and as a result learnt a huge amount about the sports turf industry.
How has your prior experience helped you in your current position?
Working as a turfgrass agronomist for 25 years means that I have a good understanding of the issues facing turfgrass managers and of the impact changes in climate and pesticide legislation are having on turf management. I am able to use this within my new role to help ensure existing and future products are geared towards helping address these very real concerns.
What excited you most about joining the Aquatrols team?
The opportunity to work within a commercial environment yet remain within an industry that I love.
What interests you most about the turf industry?
That the challenges turf managers are now facing means that as an industry we must develop innovative solutions to replace the chemical products employed in the past.
Why do you believe it is important to keep the golfing community aware of the conservation efforts golf courses are making?
There is a misconception outside of the turfgrass industry that golf courses have a negative impact on the environment. In my experience people working within our industry are very knowledgeable and have a great passion for good environmental stewardship – great work is already being done. This work needs to be publicised to change perceptions and reflect more accurately the positive impact that golf courses can and already do have on the wider environment. Golf courses are valuable habitats and need to be seen as such by the golfing community and the wider public.
Lastly, what can you be found doing when you’re not working?