Yorkshire Agricultural Society Managing Director retires
Yorkshire Agricultural Society chief executive Nigel Pulling is due to retire after more than 20 years at the helm.
Pulling will retire in March 2022 after overseeing several commercial projects in the Great Yorkshire Showground.
This includes the construction of Fodder, the Regional Agricultural Center (the headquarters of the Company) and the multi-million pound reconstruction of Hall 1 at the Yorkshire Event Center.
In 2017, he received an Award of the Associateship of Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) in the House of Lords for his outstanding contribution to agriculture.
Pulling joined the Society in 2001 when the Great Yorkshire Show was canceled due to foot-and-mouth disease. It was the first time that GYS had been canceled outside of the two world wars.
Pulling noted the similarities between planning the Great Yorkshire Show in 2002 under tight biosecurity controls and regulations, and planning this year’s show under strict Covid regulations.
He said: “We have overcome the tough challenges every time to put on a successful Great Yorkshire Shows and I couldn’t have finished my tenure on a better show. We were devastated to 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 fun for the farming community and visitors was second to none.
This year the show has hosted guests including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as well as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice MP, Robbie Moore MP, Defra Minister Victoria Prentis MP and James Newman, Chairman of LEP Hull and East Yorkshire.
Pulling said: “My goal has always been to bring the Great Yorkshire Show to the national level, to attract royalty, industry leaders and politicians as well as national publicity to help rock the farming industry. and I think we have and will continue to do just that.
He added: “I’m leaving my role on the right foot, the Great Yorkshire Show is in a strong position, ready for next year. Events are returning to the Showground after these difficult 18 months, the Charitable Team is stronger than ever in supporting farming families and promoting agriculture to the next generation – and I know it will be fine. better and better.
Rob Copley, Chairman of the Trustees said, “Nigel has been a real asset, he is extremely respected in the industry and his leadership has taken the Company to the next level.
“On behalf of all past and present directors and board members, I would like to thank him for all of his hard work, determination and expertise. “