Northern Ireland as its National Chairman for 2021-23. He has represented NI on the Council for over ten years and succeeds James Black NSch from Fife who has represented Scotland as Chairman for the past two years.
John spent his professional career in banking and specialised in agribusiness for over 30 years before retiring as Head of Agricultural Relations at Danske Bank in 2016. Since then, he has remained active in the agri-food industry and is currently a Non-Executive Director / Trustee in a number of agricultural organisations including the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, Countryside Services and Lantra. He is a Past Chairman of AgriSearch and Past President of the Ulster Grassland Society. He is currently President of Gleno Valley YFC and a Vice President of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society where he sits on a number of committees. The Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS) has recently appointed John Henning OBE from Northern Ireland as its National Chairman for 2021-23. He has represented NI on the Council for over ten years and succeeds James Black NSch from Fife who has represented Scotland as Chairman for the past two years.
He was awarded an OBE for services to agriculture in the New Year Honours 2019.
He is well known across the UK for his involvement in cattle breeding he runs a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and has an ownership interest in a number of pedigree dairy cattle. A frequent winner at shows across the UK and Ireland, his interest in cattle and communication ensure he is in demand as a livestock judge.
His interest in agricultural shows led to him undertaking a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 1996 and today he is an industry advocate via social media to help bridge the gap between farmer and consumer.
Away from business his interests include Ulster Rugby, collecting agricultural books and several charitable organisations.
Speaking after his appointment John Henning OBE said, “I feel very honoured to be elected National Chairman of CARAS and thank the Council and NI Panel for putting their trust in me. I look forward to meeting Fellows and Associates across the United Kingdom in the coming months as Covid restrictions ease and our events get back to some semblance of normality.”
Advance notice of a question time event taking place at 6.30pm on the 27th February 2024 at One Birdcage Walk, London. This is an event that by CARAS, FCN, IAgrM, TIAH and WCF. More details to follow.
SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF PROFESSIONALISM IN AGRICULTURE – A QUESTION TIME EVENT 27th February 2024
Royal Bath and West Show 30th May to 1st June 2024
Royal Cornwall Show 6th to 8th June 2024
Royal Ulster Show 15th to 18th May 2024
Royal Three Counties Show 14th to 16th June 2024
Royal Cheshire County Show 18th & 19th June 2024
Royal Highland Show 20th to 23rd June 2024
Royal Norfolk Show 26th & 27th June 2024
Royal Welsh Show 22nd to 25th July 2024
Royal Lancashire Show 19th to 21st July 2024