Announcement of new Yorkshire Agricultural Society CEO – Harrogate Informer

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

Nigel is retiring from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society after more than 20 years of service at the end of March 2022.

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

As Chief Operating Officer of Castle Howard Estate Ltd for the past six years, he has worked with the Howard family to drive the historic estate forward, helping to manage its portfolio of businesses including a holiday park, retail, food service, 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 thrilled to join this outstanding organization that does so much invaluable work for the agriculture industry. There is much good work to continue and there are many opportunities for the Society to grow even 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 Pull said:

I really enjoyed my time at YAS, it’s a fantastic organization, but after successfully negotiating the pandemic, now it’s 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:

On behalf of all Trustees, Board members and all staff, we wI 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 leadership and guidance.

Lana T. Arthur