Director, Birkdale International Limited
James is a Director of Birkdale International Limited (Hong Kong), Director of Landscape and Nursery Division for Shanghai Shendi Garden Investment and Construction Company Limited, Senior Consultant for Shanghai Gardens Group Company Limited and Managing Director, McGeoch’s Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd (Australia).
He brings over 42 years horticultural and 22 years exporting experience to the company as Managing Director of Birkdale Nursery from 1982-2006. Birkdale Nursery was well known for its high quality horticultural products and export services throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific Islands and was a leader in the Australian horticultural industry.
James is highly respected in the Australian and international horticultural industry and has held leadership positions on several Australian national boards. From 1997-2001, he was Chairman of the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation of Australia and from 1999-2001, he was Chairman of the Joint Rural Research and Development Corporations. He is also a Past Member of the Rural Innovation Advisory Council (a Federal Government ministerial appointment). His contribution to outstanding service to the Australian nursery industry was recognised by him being named ‘Nurseryman of the Year’ in 1999.
James has a deep understanding of the complexities of the international market and provides a wealth of knowledge in this arena. He has been based in Asia for the past 12 years, living and working in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China and Macau.
Director, Birkdale International Limited
Darren is a Director of Birkdale International Limited (Hong Kong and Macau), Managing Director, Asian Sportsturf Limited (Hong Kong) and Zhuhai Dai Yi Golf and Landscape Company (China).
Qualified in Horticulture and Turf Management, Darren’s career spans 20 years in the turf and golf course construction industry with 16 years experience in South East Asia. Asian Sportsturf Limited is regarded as one of the world’s premier golf course construction companies with clients including Hong Kong Golf Club, Hong Kong Jockey Club. In 2005, following his work with Disneyland Hong Kong, he commenced business in the landscape sector.
Darren is experienced in the project management of all aspects of turf grass, landscape construction and maintenance.
He was an international finalist for the Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Claude Crockford Environmental Award when he was Golf Course Superintendent at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course.
Director, McGeoch’s Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd & General Manager, Emaho Trees
Barbara is a Director of McGeoch’s Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd (Australia), Zhuhai Birkdale Nursery Limited (China) and General Manager of Emaho Trees (Australia).
Over the last 19 years, she has helped to build Birkdale’s international presence including an impressive global network of quality suppliers to ensure Birkdale meets the diverse and demanding requirements of clients in markets throughout Asia and the Middle East.
In 2002, she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales at their International Congress in St. Petersburg. In 1999, she received the prestigious Westpac/Australian Institute of Export ‘Heroes Award’ for outstanding service to Australia’s export efforts.
Currently, she is a Director of the Australian Institute of Export which focuses on education and raising the awareness of the importance of export to Australia’s economy.
Project Manager, Birkdale International (Macau) Limited
Chris is responsible for negotiations with the project owners and head contractors, liaison with project managers for the client, monitoring the progress of projects against timelines, assistance with and understanding of contract documents and drawings, generation of method statements, risk assessment, inspection and testing documentation and design of irrigation and drainage systems. He also manages the company’s project team and ensures materials arrive on site on time.
For 18 years he operated his own plumbing company (housing to large commercial works).Since 1995, he has in worked in the construction industry in Asia, particularly in the areas of golf course design, construction and maintenance.
He brings to the team strong skills from the golf course construction industry, including management of construction teams, soft and hard landscaping, drainage, irrigation and maintenance plus the ability to motivate teams to perform their best and bring projects in on time.
Installation Manager, Birkdale International (Macau) Limited
Brett is responsible for the delivery of trees to site and their installation (particularly the lifting and handling). He liaises with other contractors and site project managers to ensure that operations are coordinated.
He has over 15 years experience in the construction industry specializing in rigging and lifting on large construction sites. Brett joined the team during the Hong Kong Disneyland project where he was responsible for the lifting and planting of large trees weighing up to 15 tonnes. He is also experienced in the loading and packing of trees and palms into shipping containers for export.