width=Martin Sheppard
Managing Director – Smart Connection Consultancy

Martin has worked in the sport, recreation and leisure industry for over 37 years, managing a diverse portfolio of facilities including leisure centers, sports facilities, museums, arts centers, theatres, parks, cemeteries and crematorium, ice rink, golf courses and tourism destinations.

Martin has had a strong focus on program development and delivery for specific target audiences, including sports development, health promotion, physical activity and recreation participation programs and elite sports pathways. This allows him to have insights into the challenges that many of his peer’s face in the government, sport and education sectors.

Martin’s specialism in synthetic surface knowledge has been recognised by peak bodies both in Australia and internationally, being asked to speak at international conferences globally and across Australia. In addition, being engaged and providing advice to the majority of National Sports Organisations in Australia that utilize synthetic technology.

He has developed a unique knowledge that is recognised by all of the major suppliers and manufacturers in Asia Pacific. He has been involved on some of the industry’s most innovative Australian projects over the past 8 years.