Message from the Show President 2018

John Lee OBE

John Lee OBE

John Lee OBE has lived and farmed at Shobrooke, near Crediton all his life and is involved in a number of  Agricultural and Rural organisations at a local and national level, including; Chairman Mole Avon Trading Ltd, President Devon Communities Together, Patron Devon and Cornwall Police Cadets, Patron Local Heroes, Vice Chairman South West Lakes Trust, Board Chairman Devon County Agricultural Association,  Board member of the Farmers Club, Chairman Westpoint Devon Ltd, Chairman Rural Youth Trust and a  trustee of NFYFC and of number of other charities as well as being a Parish Councillor.

He is a former chairman of the Young Farmers Clubs at club, Devon and National level and the only English President of the 1 million members of the European Organisation. He previously chaired the DEFRA Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy and currently hears DEFRA and RPA appeals on behalf of the  Minister. He was the founder chairman of FACE and Farmwise education charities and was High Sheriff of  Devon in 2013/14.

John has been involved with Mid Devon Show for many years as Hon Health and Safety officer and said “I  am still shocked and surprised, but deeply honoured to have been asked to be Show President for 2018.

I recall attending the first show 25 years ago with my father and believe have attended every one since”. “In  rapidly changing times it is vital that our agricultural and rural communities have the opportunity to come together, to share experiences and to demonstrate to a wider audience the justifiable pride they have in their  daily work, the food they produce and the countryside they manage”. “None of this would be possible without a dedicated team of volunteers that simply – Make this show happen – and it is my honour to be a small part of that team”.