Yorkshire Agricultural Society boss Nigel Pulling resigns after 20 years at the helm
Mr Pulling will retire from his post with the company, which hosts the Great Yorkshire Show, in March 2022.
During his tenure, Mr. Pulling oversaw a number of successful commercial projects in the Great Yorkshire Showground, including the construction of Fodder, the Regional Agricultural Center (the headquarters of the Company) and the multi-million pound reconstruction of the Hall 1 of 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.
Mr. Pulling joined the Company in 2001 when the Great Yorkshire Show was canceled due to foot-and-mouth disease. It was the first time that GYS was canceled other than for both
He then noted the similarities between planning the Great Yorkshire Show in 2002 against a backdrop of strict 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 hosted a number of high profile guests including HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as well as the 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 Hull and East Yorkshire LEP.
He added: ‘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 strike the
drum for the agricultural industry and I think we have and will continue to do so.
Mr. Pulling said now is the time to retire and hand over the reins to the next CEO who can take the Company into its next chapter.
“I’m leaving my role on the right foot, the Great Yorkshire Show is in a strong position, ready for next year. Events return to the Showground after these difficult 18 months, the charity
The activities team is stronger than ever in supporting farming families and promoting agriculture to the next generation – and I know they will get better and better.
Rob Copley, Chairman of the Board, 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. ”