SEARCH BEGINS FOR SHOW DIRECTOR

The search has begun for the new leader of the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Applications are now being sought for the role of Show Director which includes heading up England’s premier agricultural event.

The news follows the announcement in October that Bill Cowling would step down after this year’s Great Yorkshire. The Show runs from Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July and is a major event on the rural calendar, attracting around 130,000 visitors each year and the country’s top livestock to its extensive range of competitive classes.

Bill took on the role in 2005 after around four decades of involvement with the events’ organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The 2015 Great Yorkshire Show will be Bill’s tenth at the helm.

Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society said: “Clearly an empathy with and knowledge of farming and the countryside are key factors as well as the drive to lead our flagship events into the future. Under Bill’s leadership our Shows have increased in prestige both nationally and closer to home so it follows that we are looking for someone to not only be the public face of our events, but to lead their further development.”

Further information is available at www.yas.co.uk

5 January 2015

Media contact: Judy Thompson, PR Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society on 01423 546215 or judyt@yas.co.uk

YORKSHIRE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: 

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July, and Countryside Live 2015 takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October. 

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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