Meet the Team

The TP Team | Cricketers | Who’s Who

The total-play team brings together individuals with unique skills in the sports turf industry

From expertise ‘on the ground’ managing and developing surfaces, to assistance with funding and planning, there’s someone on hand to offer advice and support with your project. The team members you are most likely to speak to are listed below. An experienced in-house installation team and a friendly, knowledgeable administration team support the sales team.

David Bates
Managing Director

Before moving into pitch consultancy services, MD David Bates was, during his residency at Northamptonshire CCC, the youngest Head Groundsman on the County circuit, gaining a reputation for preparing some of the finest pitches in the country. Having been awarded two commendations from the ECB during his time as a groundsman, David was later appointed Chairman of the First Class Groundsman Committee, promoting research and development into cricket surfaces. He was also a trainer and pitch advisor for the ECB and GMA.

David’s role in total-play is as a specialist in all aspects of the design and management of natural and synthetic turf sports facilities.

He is a trusted technical resource for the National Governing Bodies with strong links to the ECB and Sport England.

Telephone: 01604 864575

Anthony Burton
Business Development Manager (North)

Part of the team since 2014, Anthony’s background makes him a key member of the total-play team – a former cricketer who represented both Yorkshire CCC and the Yorkshire Cricket Board, he then spent 17 years with the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for administrating fitness and sports.

Anthony’s role as Business Development Manager sees him focus on developing total-play non-turf cricket projects in the North of the country. Anthony is the client’s initial point of contact from consultation through project delivery to aftercare and eventual lifecycle maintenance. Anthony leads and develops total-play in-house computer-aided design and social media content. He has extensive experience procuring for and managing ‘The Cricket Ground Shop’ and developing its range of products.

Telephone: 01604 864575 | Mobile 07720 593500


Steve Ball
Business Development Manager (South)

The latest addition to the team, Steve joins us from the geotechnical industry where he was responsible for both on-site material testing and company operations. Prior to this he spent a number of years at the University of Bedfordshire, managing the representative sports teams, including everything from facilities and equipment to governance and compliance.

A keen cricketer, Steve has had several roles in the game including player, coach, umpire and currently captains a team local to total-play’s HQ. Through coaching he has gained a passion for encouraging young players to enjoy and improve their cricket and he loves now being part of that process in bringing new facilities to light. As a member of his club’s committee, he has a good understanding of the ways club cricket operates, which is invaluable when it comes to discussing new and existing projects.
Steve’s role as Business Development Manager sees him focus on developing total-play non-turf cricket projects in the South of the country. Steve is the client’s initial point of contact from consultation through project delivery to aftercare and eventual lifecycle maintenance.
Telephone: 01604 864575 | Mobile: 07803 414940

Jack Lambden
Sales Co-Ordinator

Joining in 2022, Jack comes from a private sector background where he was responsible for the internal communications and engagement of the relevant contract. However, it is away from work where Jack has invested his time and passion into cricket. Wearing many hats at his local cricket club, Jack is Secretary and looks after all social media / external communications, spending his weekends and nights after work donning his whites on the field. His extensive experience at the club level allows him to understand and appreciate the time and commitment required to improve local infrastructure. In addition, he is passionate about helping to leave a legacy for future generations.

Jack’s role sees him responsible for providing integral support to the sales team whilst maintaining and developing relationships with all internal and external clients. In addition, Jack assists with design work, social media activity and external marketing.

Telephone: 01604 864575 | Mobile: 07513 724008

Terri Mason
Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Director

Terri joined the company over 20 years ago, working alongside the director David Bates from the very beginning. She has a variety of roles within the business including organising and assisting with Davids workload.

Responsible for general admin and day-to-day running of the office, overseeing accounts, managing H&S, maintaining quality standards and HR duties, Terri is often the first point of contact.

With years of experience working within the business, Terri has a good grasp of client expectations and has forged many long standing relationships with both customers and suppliers

Telephone: 01604 864575 | Mobile: 07973 885775


Jo Nunn
Project Co-Ordinator

Since joining the company in 2014, Jo has been involved in the planning and co-ordination of our specialist projects. Working and liaising with clients, suppliers and our in-house installation teams, Jo ensures projects are delivered timely and as efficiently as possible

Jo supports our on site installation teams, controlling the work schedules, generating and planning the various material and equipment deliveries and stock management

Telephone: 01604 864575 | Mobile: 07850 389388


Installation Team

Comprising of a combined 25 years of both general and specialist sport ground works, our team contribute hugely towards the success of the business and are very highly valued.

With a range of specialist skill sets and practical knowledge, they are an integral part of providing projects, of varying complexity and value, that meet specification and the exact needs of the client.

All of our in-house team have the necessary qualifications to deliver the various aspects involved in creating a great sports facility.