Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Nigel Pulling, is due to retire after over 20 years at the helm.
Nigel will retire from his role in March 2022 after overseeing a number of hugely successful commercial projects across the Great Yorkshire Showground.
This includes the building of Fodder, the Regional Agricultural Centre (the Society’s HQ) and the multi-million-pound rebuild of Hall 1 in the Yorkshire Event Centre.
In 2017, he was awarded an Award of the Associateship of Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) at the House of Lords for outstanding contribution to agriculture.
Nigel joined the Society in 2001 when the Great Yorkshire Show was cancelled due to Foot and Mouthdisease. This was the first time GYS had been cancelled other than for the two World Wars.
Nigel noted the similarities between planning for the Great Yorkshire Show in 2002 against a backdrop of strict bio-security controls and regulations and planning for this year’s Show under strict Covid regulations.
He said: “We overcame the tough challenges on both occasions to deliver successful Great Yorkshire Shows and I couldn’t have ended my tenure on a better show. We were devastatedto cancel last year and despite the challenges and restrictions placed on this year’s event, it was an incredible achievement for the team. The atmosphere of celebration and enjoyment from both the farming community and visitors was second to none.”