Plumpton College in East Sussex hosted a ‘meet the chairman’ event, where committee members and supporters of R.A.B.I in the South East region had the chance to meet charity chairman Malcolm Thomas, chief executive Paul Burrows and new trustee Sue Lister.
Established in 1926, Plumpton College offers courses in agriculture to around 3,500 new students per year. Principal Jeremy Kerswell welcomed 50 guests to the event and gave a talk about the college’s future.
Elizabeth Buchanan, former private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, was the guest speaker. She spoke passionately about the farming industry and the challenges it faces in the future. Elizabeth is currently a consultant to a number of organisations and a trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund.
Malcolm Thomas gave an overview of R.A.B.I’s role in the farming community and welfare officer Pat Dobson gave an insight into her work in the South East.
At the end of the day, guests were taken on a tour of the viticulture area and learned how the college’s wine is made.