The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester is offering scholarships and support packages
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With changes at leading organisations across the shooting industry, GTN has an update on the new names to look out for 

Eoghan Cameron has been elected BASC chairman following the association’s AGM in June. Eoghan has been on the council for two years and will replace Peter Glenser QC, who stepped down after serving the maximum two five-year terms on council. 

Eoghan said: “Peter is a tough act to follow. He certainly met his own challenge of leading BASC in a better place than when he took over as chairman.

“I am exceptionally honoured to be elected to succeed him as chairman by council. There are some fantastic challenges in front of us and I am not underestimating the work that needs to be done on the months and years ahead.”

Claire Sadler was elected as BASC’s first female vice-chairman. She remarked: “I am really looking forward to working with and supporting Eoghan, Ian Bell and the rest of the BASC family to build on the momentum already in place to take shooting sports even further forward for all who shoot.

“I am one of five women on council and that gives me fantastic pride and hope for the future of the organisation and shooting… BASC has done an awful lot of hard work to modernise itself in the last few years and I have pledged to ensure the association continues its direction of travel.”

Ian Grindy was re-elected to council for a second term, while Ian Coghill also was co-opted onto it. Peter Glenser will stay on as vice president along with former BASC vice-chairman, John Thornley OBE, who spent the last year as a co-opted member of council.

Speaking of his departure, Peter commented: “I am sad to be leaving council after 10 years, but there is a real pride in where the organisations stands today.

“Of course, BASC cant’t rest easy. There are still many people who do not understand what we do and do not appreciate the conservation work that underpins it. But I feel BASC is well-placed to deal with the challenges that comes the way of it and shooting.”

As part of the ongoing integration of Purdey and Royal Berkshire Shooting School, Dylan Williams is starting a new role that assists the senior management of James Purdey & Sons at a strategic level as well as continuing to be closely involved with the Shooting School.

As a further part of the integration, Jonathan Irby, currently head of sales as James Purdey & Sons, has been appointed MD of RBSG and started on 1 July.

Scottish Land & Estates have appointed Laura Butcher as their new head of communications. Laura joins SLE from the Law Society of Scotland, the professional body and regulator of Scottish solicitors, where she was also Head of Communications.

Laura Butcher

A chartered PR practitioner, Laura has over 15 years’ experience of working in communications in not-for-profit organisations. She has previously held communications roles at environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) following time spent in positions in Australia and the north of England.

Laura will be responsible for managing SLE’s events, publications, public affairs and media/digital media strategy. Laura will also have a key role in engaging with SLE’s membership and representing the contribution they make to Scotland’s rural economy.

Laura commented: “I can’t wait to get work under way at SLE. It’s a busy time with so much going on that could impact on our members and I want to make a positive contribution to their activities. I am looking forward to getting out and about to meet members and find out more about the sector.”

Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at SLE, said: “We were really impressed by Laura’s enthusiasm and her understanding of the issues faced by land-based businesses and we look forward to her positive contribution in the months and years ahead.”

Amid growing demand for sponsorship opportunities at Europe’s largest annual countryside festival, The Game Fair has bolstered its team by recruiting Ashley Cooper as the new head of partnerships.

Ashley, who has spent more than 20 years in the events industry, has been tasked with introducing new brands to the benefits of being associated with The Game Fair and comes into the role with a fresh, new perspective.

“I’ll be looking at current assets and creating new areas where there are opportunities for official partnering,” she explained.

“There’s already a lot of interest in the core countryside sector, but I’d like to expand it more. I’m looking to open up The Game Fair to new contacts and brands who have yet to fully exploit their connection to the countryside and the high quality audience this attracts. One of the great things about The Game Fair is the experiential nature of the festival. Having that interaction can have a lasting effect for brands by official partnerships.”

The festival took place between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 July at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, which Ashley says presents a unique opportunity to bring town and country together.

She added: “This venue, which we have secured for not only this year but also 2021, can be reached by a 25-minute train journey from London King’s Cross.

Ashley Cooper

“The Game Fair is the ideal marketing platform for brands wanting to reach affluent ABC1s that enjoy time in the capital and countryside. For 2019, we are offering an enormous array of creative partnership opportunities.”

University undergraduates will be in the process of receiving their results in August. While we hope that all students make the grade for their chosen course, some will be processed through clearing once the UCAS deadline closes on 30 June.

Most students will learn if their place has been confirmed by 15 August, when A-level results are published, though BTEC results are available earlier. Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) results are published on 6 August.

The Royal Agricultural University is offering a range of scholarships and support packages including a Core Bursary for students from lower income families and the Widening Access Financial Support Bursary for those living in areas with lower progressions rates to university.

Julie Walkling, director for students at the RAU in Cirencester said: “Take your time and research your options well before deadline day, so you aren’t making any rushed decision. Above all, choose something you’re passionate about and that you can see yourself committing too for three or four years. We’d love to see you here.”

Alex Neason, who studies Agriculture with Applied Farm Management at the RU, won the John Innes Foundation bursary for students from non-farming backgrounds. He commented: “You don’t need to have a family farm to be successful in the industry.

“With rising populations putting increasing stress on the UK food produce industry, we are going to need not just more people, but more highly skilled people, working within agriculture to keep up with such demands.” Find out more about the RAU’s range of courses at

William Evans are recruiting for a retail sales associate at the St James’ St store in London. Applicants should have a proven and strong customer service and sales track record.

The ideal candidate will have experience within luxury retail clothing sales, the ability to communicate and follow-up competently with high net-worth individuals and have some background and appreciation of countryside pursuits. 

Essential skills must include; strong verbal and written communication skills, attention to detail in unique and routine tasks, a self-starter and experienced team player and a proven track record in a high-end retail environment. 


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