The boss of one of a popular one-day agricultural show is to become the new manager of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show.

David Tite, CEO of Driffield Agricultural Society, will take over from current Yorkshire Agricultural Society manager, Mark Stoddart, who is moving on to become the secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

After this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, David will join CEO Allister Nixon and new show director Rachel Coates in organising the four-day Great Yorkshire Show. He will also work closely with Allister on new opportunities and initiatives to drive the Yorkshire Agricultural Society forward.

David, who has worked at the Driffield Showground for over 30 years after starting off clearing the site as a 13-year-old, said: “This is a fantastic next step for me and whilst I’m saddened to leave Driffield this was an opportunity not to be missed and I’m looking forward to joining a great team and working on the Great Yorkshire Show amongst the other events held on the showground.”

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Allister said: “Mark and David are hugely passionate about the agricultural show industry having both been past National Chairs of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO). We thank Mark for his passion and commitment to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Great Yorkshire Show over the last 20 years and we are delighted to welcome David with his wealth of show experience from another highly respected agricultural society.

“It is a testament to both Mark and David that they are deeply committed to delivering the Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday. July 9 to Friday, July 12) and the Driffield Show (Monday, July 17) before moving into their new roles.”

Rachel added: “I very much look forward to working with David when I step into my new role at the end of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”