Hydroturf Team 2018-11-29T07:23:03+00:00

HYDROTURF TEAM


Board Of Directors

Colin Baxter MBA, FCMA

Group Managing Director

Colin graduated in Scotland as an accountant in 1972. From 1983 to 1995, he was Finance Manager for Abunayyan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This water well drilling and trading company had over 1,200 employees.

In 1995 he completed an independent study MBA at Syracuse University, one of America’s oldest universities.

On completion of his MBA, Colin helped create the concept and Business Plan for Hydroturf and moved to Dubai in 1995, as MD of the new company.

Ken Lovelady

General Manager, Egypt and Kenya

Ken joined TORO UK in 1986 and developed his business knowledge and skills on the TORO irrigation product range.

In 1990 he was appointed TORO product manager for Saudi Arabia and moved to Riyadh. Ken then moved to Dubai in 1995 to help create Hydroturf as a founding partner.

In 1999, Ken moved to Egypt as GM to improve the performance of Hydroturf Egypt. In this role he was responsible for irrigation, turfcare machinery, Club Car and Battery products.

Shaju Lonappan

General Manager, Pumps

Shaju’s extensive engineering experience started in 1987 as the senior electrical technician for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed’s Engineers Office. He moved to Hydroturf in 1998 to be responsible for our (ITT) Xylem Flowtronex pumping systems.

In 2005, he created a new pumps workshop for Hydroturf and took on Lowara, Vogel and Goulds pumps.

Shaju has developed the legally registered “Hydroturf Packaged Pump Sets” as a high quality product for local landscape contractors and the water business.

Marwan Hurani Bsc Ag,

General Manager, Levant and Northern Gulf

Marwan has worked in Jordan, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Tunisia, Oman, Egypt, USA and Europe. A Jordanian national, he has a BSc in Ag Engineering from the Cranfield Institute of Technology (CIT) in the United Kingdom.

Marwan joined Hydroturf in 1999 and was based initially in the UAE. He moved to Doha in 2002 as GM, to head up our new Doha office and then moved in 2013 to Jordan to help develop our sales in Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait.

Zaid Balqez

General Manager, Jordan

Zaid has a BA from Switzerland and a Graduate degree in Marketing and International Business from McGill University in Canada.

He was a founding partner in New East Company in 1999 which represented Pentair water treatment systems in Jordan.

New East Co. then became the Club Car Distributor for Jordan and in 2009, became a partner in Hydroturf Jordan. Zaid is the GM and is responsible for developing sales of our Hydroturf products in Jordan.

Mohamed Hashique

Battery Division Manager

Hashique has a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and spent his early career years in marketing and sales.

In 2002, he moved to Dubai and worked with Khansaheb Civil Engineering as an Estimator.

In 2003, he joined Hydroturf in the newly created Deep Cycle Battery Division.

Since that time, Hashique has helped build our Battery operation into a Middle Eastern market leader, with products ranging from Deep Cycle, Traction, and Lithium batteries.

Gary Morgan

Group Service Manager

Gary worked for Scottish Grass Machinery from 2000 to 2007 and serviced turf machinery on golf courses throughout Scotland. In 2002 he became Head Mechanic for the West of Scotland. In 2005 he was promoted to Workshop Manager for the 4 golf courses at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel and Golf Resort.

He joined Hydroturf in 2007 and has built the After Sales machinery and golf car team to over 50 trained mechanics and admin personnel.

Philip Ochola

General Manager, East Africa

Philip joined Hydroturf in 2016 to help develop our East African sales and support operation. He is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

From 2002-2008 he was employed by the Kenyan dealer for Peugeot, Tata, KIA, and Honda. He was responsible for the creation of mobile service workshops and improving pre-delivery inspection. From 2008 he was the Dealer Development Manager for Tata in Kenya with responsibility for workshop development.

Simon Lupton

Sales Manager – Vehicles | Club Car & Garia, UAE, KSA, Oman, Bahrain

Simon joined Hydroturf in 2016 and is responsible for the sales and marketing of Club Car and Garia Golf and utility vehicles in the UAE, KSA, Oman and Bahrain.

Simon has a strong golf background and from 2001 to 2004 was a senior greenkeeper at the prestigious Grove golf course near London.

Based in Dubai since 2005 and working with EZGO and Jacobsen, Simon has a strong knowledge of the Gulf region and the golf industry.

Robert Hogarth

Area Sales Manager – Turf Machinery & Equipment, UAE, KSA, Oman, Bahrain

Robert has 33 Years experience within the turf industry. 28 of these were as a Superintendent overseeing Golf Course preparation for events such as the qualifying rounds of the British Open and televised events on the Challenge Tour.

Rob joined Hydroturf in September 2017 as Area Sales Manager for Toro Irrigation & Machinery. He provides a hand on knowledge of both irrigation & turf machinery to our customers.