Funeral details for Ken Richardson

Funeral details for Ken Richardson

BIGGA was saddened to announce the passing of former deputy chief executive Ken Richardson.

Ken passed away on Saturday 13 January 2018 aged 73 after a period of illness.

He joined BIGGA in 1994 as education officer, after previously acting as senior training manager in the Royal Air Force, where he achieved the rank of squadron leader.

Over the years Ken produced the education programme for 13 BTME’s and he also introduced the Continued Professional Development programme to the association.

Ken spent 14 years at BIGGA, where he acted as a mentor for a number of staff, including current Head of Member Development Sami Strutt.

Upon his retirement in September 2007, Ken penned the following note:

“The depth and range of education and training for greenkeepers has grown massively. I have produced 13 conference, workshop and seminar programmes for BTME. We have progressed from less than 12 Master Greenkeepers to 40. I have interviewed more than 400 students and help to select 14 Toro Students of the Year. I’ve seen a massive change in the attitude, confidence and professionalism of greenkeepers, I have travelled around Europe and to the USA, attended more meetings than I care to remember. But best of all, I have met a lot of very genuine, helpful, friendly greenkeepers, course managers, superintendents, officials, dealers, trade members, club secretaries, golf officials and even golfers.

“Technology has brought many changes, computers are everywhere and overhead projectors are historical items like steam trains. Many course managers have become involved in staff training with more than 1,000 holding an assessor qualification.

“I can remember being asked in my interview what I knew about greenkeeping. My answer was not a lot, but I did know a fair bit about education and training and that BIGGA had more than 3,000 subject matter experts. I now know a bit more about greenkeeping, a bit more about education and training, and BIGGA now has more than 6,000 subject matter experts.

“I have enjoyed my time with BIGGA, working alongside, with, and for, some very dedicated professional people. I will miss you all, but I look forward to keeping in touch through GI, the internet and at Harrogate Week.”

Ken is survived by his wife Sandra, sons Nigel and Dean, their wives Alison and Lisa, and grandchildren Juliet, Melissa, Charlotte and Lucy.

Update: Monday 29 January 2017

There will be a service at 11.30 on Friday 2 February at St James’ Church, Boroughbridge followed by a cremation at Harrogate Crematorium at 1pm.

We will be remembering Ken’s life afterwards in The Bluebell Inn, Kirby Hill from 2pm.

Immediate family flowers only please. Donations if desired to St Michael’s Hospice or Brain Tumour Research & Support across Yorkshire.