This month sees Shaun Anderson join Rain Bird Europe as Golf Sales Specialist for the UK, Ireland, and Iceland. Hailing from ‘The Home of Golf’, St Andrews, Shaun steps into his new role following Alastair Higgs’ recent promotion to Europe Service Manager.

Before joining Rain Bird Shaun’s previous roles at Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort in Angus, more recently as Golf and Leisure Manager and previously as Head Greenkeeper and Deputy across the group’s three courses covered a broad scope of operational and managerial responsibilities and support for the greenkeeping team in tackling agronomic challenges.

Educated at Elmwood College Shaun gained his Sports Turf SVQ Level 3, studying Soil Science and Agronomy as part of his Greenkeeping National Certificate. Winning a scholarship at The Duke’s Course in St Andrews in the early 2000’s sparked his keen interest in environmental management which has developed into a lifelong passion for sustainable practices.

Throughout his career, Shaun has been closely involved in many golf course construction projects involving tees, bunkers, greens, fairways and water features including a major £250,000 redevelopment of the Osprey Golf Course at Piperdam.

“I’m very excited about joining the Rain Bird Europe team” Shaun says. “I can’t wait to get out into the field and support users to get the very best performance from their Rain Bird systems”.

A keen runner, in his spare time, Shaun enjoys relaxing with his family, playing golf, and being outdoors.

“We’re delighted to welcome Shaun to our team” says Jimmy Sandison, Regional Golf Sales Manager, Rain Bird Europe. “With managerial, operational and greenkeeping experience to offer, he easily relates to the challenges that courses face as they seek to improve courses through irrigation efficiency and more sustainable water management practices.”