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CARAS elects new National Chair from Northern Ireland

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.

John Hemming OBE - CARAS National Chair 2021 - 2023
John Hemming OBE - CARAS National Chair 2021 - 2023

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.”

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