Alastair Cox has over 35 years’ experience in the sports surface industry.  During that time he has worked either as a sports surface test engineer or as consultant advising on the design, construction, performance and maintenance of sports facilities.  This has allowed him to become one of the world’s leading authorities and he now regularly assists international and national sports governing bodies to set the performance and construction standards required for the facilities on which their sports are played.  Sports governing bodies he has worked with include:


Australian Football League

England Netball

England and Wales Cricket Board


FIH Gaelic

Athletics Board


IRB – World Rugby

Rugby Football League



British & European Standards


Alastair Cox has been a member of the British Standards Institute’s technical committee responsible for setting standards for sports surfaces since it was established in 1986; making him the longest serving member, and he has chaired the committee since 2010.  He has also represented the United Kingdom on the European Standards Committee responsible for developing harmonised European Standards for sports surfaces since 1990 and now chairs the working groups with responsibilities for test methods, synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf surfaces. He also represents the United Kingdom on the European Standards Committee responsible for playing field and gymnasium equipment.



Achievements & recognition


UEFA Artificial Turf Experts Panel


Chair British Standards Committee – Sports Surfaces


Convenor European Standards Committee – Specification for Synthetic Sports Surfaces


Convenor European Standards Committee – Test methods for Sports Surfaces


Distinguished Service Award – American Sports Builders Association, 2004


Outstanding Service Award – Sport and Play Construction Association, 2007


Inaugural Life Time Achievement Award - European Synthetic Turf Organisation, 2011



Alastair Cox Associates Ltd

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