Allister Nixon of Castle Howard appointed new CEO of Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Allister Nixon, chief operating officer of Castle Howard Estate Limited, has been appointed as the new managing director to replace Nigel Pulling.

Mr. Pulling is retiring after more than 20 years of service at the end of March 2022.

Allister Nixon is a highly experienced, successful and well-regarded chartered accountant and business leader.

As Chief Operating Officer at Castle Howard Estate Ltd For the past six years he has worked with the Howard family to move the historic estate forward, helping to manage its portfolio of businesses including a holiday park, retail businesses, restaurants, agriculture and forestry.

Allister also has significant and varied experience with large multinational PLCs, and his previous roles include Global COO and CFO at Kantar Media Audiences, where he helped set up new businesses and services in several countries. He left London six years ago and now lives with his family in North Yorkshire.

Allister said, “I am delighted to join this outstanding organization that does so much invaluable work for the agriculture industry.

“There is a lot of good work to continue and there are many opportunities for the Company to grow further.

“I really look forward to working with directors, staff and other industry stakeholders to ensure that, by supporting, promoting and celebrating the industry as effectively as possible, the outstanding reputation of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society continues to grow.”


Nigel Pulling said: “I really enjoyed my time at YAS, it’s a fantastic organization but after successfully negotiating the pandemic it’s now time for someone else to take over. There is a great team of staff and volunteers in place, and I’m sure Allister will lead YAS to further success.

Rob Copley, Chairman of the Trustees, said: “We would like to thank Nigel for his hard work, determination and expertise and we look forward to welcoming Allister and beginning the next phase of development under his guidance and direction.”

  • The Yorkshire Agricultural Society supports and promotes the agricultural industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
  • The company is supported by its family of companies including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and Harrogate Caravan Park, and organizes the Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
  • Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7million to the economy.

Lana T. Arthur