Herefordshire Chairman for 2019


The 176th Annual General Meeting of The Farmers Club was chaired by Peter Jinman OBE in the Farmers Suite at the Club on Thursday 5th July 2018.  The following is a summary of the Minutes, full copies of which can be obtained by email or post from the Secretary.

Minutes, Club Accounts and Annual Report

The Minutes of the 175th Annual General Meeting of the Club were approved and the Report and Audited Accounts of the Club for the year ended 31st December 2017 were adopted unanimously.  Ian Bell OBE proposed the adoption of the accounts and Karen Mercer seconded.

Club Chairman Peter Jinman noted that it had been a good year for the Club, generating a sensible surplus in the first year since project CREST refurbishments, enabling the Club to continue to invest in its future.

Election of the Club Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Proposing the election of Nick Helme as Chairman for 2019, Karen Mercer said Nick was an entrepreneurial farmer, who contracted out the farming of his 300 acres of cereals and potatoes in Herefordshire to develop a successful business as a waste recycling consultant, having previously launched the Severn-Wye machine co-operative.  He was a Nuffield Scholar and an accomplished Chairman of the Club’s House Committee.

Committee member Campbell Tweed OBE seconded the proposal which was approved unanimously.

Replying, Nick said that being made Vice-Chairman was a surprise and a great honour and it remains so now.  He added that he would endeavour to take the Club forward to the places we all want it to be and for all members.

Proposing the election of Allan Stevenson as Vice-Chairman for 2019, Nick Helme said that Allan epitomised the modern-day farmer, having had a serious business career, as a business and law graduate and chartered accountant, but with roots in farming in Scotland that extended back to the 1700s.  He had been an influential Chairman of AHDB’s Potato Council and was a Director of the James Hutton Institute.

Newly appointed Trustee, Tim Bennett, seconded the proposal which was approved unanimously.

Honorary Treasurer

Committee member John Lee OBE proposed the re-election of Richard Maunder as Honorary Treasurer for 2019.  Of Richard, he said that he had graduated in Business and Economics before two years in London at an accountancy firm continuing his training, before returning to Devon to his family business, a fairly large meat processing business, where he had a very key role in running that establishment. Richard is currently the Chief Executive of The Devon County Agricultural Association.

Allan Stevenson seconded the proposal, which was approved unanimously.


The Chairman and Committee recommended that haysmacintyre continue in office.  They had become an integral part of the team and knew the business well.  The proposal was made by Barclay Forrest OBE and seconded by Allan Stevenson.

Rule Change

Chair of Trustees Julian Sayers proposed that current Rule 16 paragraph 3 be amended so that after a committee member has served for six consecutive years, the one-year gap that has been served before being re-elected again, be extended to three years, giving more opportunity for a wider range of Committee Member nominees.  This was seconded by Karen Mercer and the proposal was agreed unanimously.

Motion before the AGM

A motion suggesting a change to the bedroom booking period (from 12 months to 3 months) had been received before the AGM.  The motion and reasons for it were made clear to the meeting and a view was also expressed by Chairman of the House Committee, Lindsay Hargreaves.  The motion was not seconded, but the Chairman insisted that a vote was called on the motion.  With none in favour, and no abstentions, the motion failed.

There being no further business the Chairman concluded the Annual general Meeting.


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