At our AGM last week we said a fond farewell to three trustees who were retiring from their duties and welcomed three new members to the board.
Our retiring trustees
William became a trustee in 2006 and went on to chair the Grants Committee in 2012. A farmer in Oxfordshire, William was a regular and welcome visitor to R.A.B.I’s head office, popping in to sign cheques and say hello. His love of land and farming gave him an instant rapport with farmers. Joshua Hosier paid tribute to William as ‘a kind and trustworthy man who it was a privilege to sit around the table with‘.
Jo Turnbull thanked Nicki Quayle, who is retiring from the board after four years of service. She explained that it was difficult to quantify Nicki’s contribution as the list of everything she has done for R.A.B.I is so long. Her great connections, the ability to speak to the right people and her welcome input on the welfare committee were praised.
Nicki said she would be sad to leave such a fantastic charity but that she would still be involved in her local committee, ‘if they will have me’.
James Orme led the thanks to Chris Riddle who he described as, ‘a young man who has still managed to pack a large amount into his life.’ Outside of R.A.B.I, amongst other activities, Chris is responsible for running the hugely successful Royal Cornwall Show and is a school governor.
He was a founding member of the Cornwall committee and became a trustee in 2006. He was deputy chairman in 2012 and became chairman in 2013. Chris was in post during the Somerset floods and again last winter, when floods hit the north of England. He was also heavily involved in the redevelopment of Manson House. Chris was described as a terrific chairman of trustees, making sure people’s views have been hard whilst maintaining a sense of reality and proportion. He has devoted a huge amount of time and effort to R.A.B.I in his 10 years, particularly in his three years as chairman.
Our new trustees
As a Chartered Surveyor with Savills and beef and arable farmer, Richard is an ideal addition to the board of trustees. He was introduced to R.A.B.I by William Cumber and now chairs the Oxfordshire committee. At 38, Richard was also congratulated on bringing down the average age of the board. Richard commented that it had been humbling to hear stories of how R.A.B.I can help farming families and that he was delighted to join and will do everything he can to help the cause.
John manages Maiden Castle Farms, on the Duchy Estate at Dorchester and is a previous recipient of awards for beef farmer of the year and Farmers Guardian farmer of the year. His professional connections to farming are long and successful, holding many prestigious positions within the sector including Dorset County Show treasurer, YFC chair, NFU county chairman and eight years on the board at ABLEX, now AHDB.
John farms 1,200 acres in Leicestershire and is no stranger to R.A.B.I, having hosted many fundraising events along with his wife, Pat. He has a passion for long horn cattle and runs a prize-winning herd. A previous chairman at The Arthur Rank Centres, John joins the board with vast experience and knowledge of agricultural industry.