Estates Director awarded Associate Fellowship of Royal Agricultural Societies

Estates Director awarded Associate Fellowship of Royal Agricultural Societies

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Estates Director awarded Associate Fellowship of Royal Agricultural Societies

John Varley, Estates Director for Clinton Devon Estates, has been awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in recognition of his 'distinguished achievement in agriculture and land based industries'.

Mr Varley, who has been with the Estates since 2000 was presented with the award at a ceremony in the House of Lords by Lord Plumb of Coleshill, a Senior Agriculturalist who is a former President of the European Parliament and former  NFU President.

The selection was made by the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies, which annually recognises outstanding efforts in all aspects of practical farming, including research, economics, commercial and administration.

Secretary for the English Panel of the Council for Awards, Malcolm Stansfield MBE said; "John Varley's Associate Fellowship has been awarded in recognition of his distinguished achievement in agriculture and land based industries, particularly his outreach.  He has also contributed significantly as a member of the Royal Agricultural Society Practice with Science Group."

The Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies is assisted by national panels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Associateship of the council (ARAgS) may be awarded to applicants who can demonstrate to two assessors appointed by the council, a significant contribution through innovation, excellence in technical performance, leadership in agricultural organisations or other services to the community.

John Varley is also a Non Executive Board Member at Environment Agency  and is on the National Trust Land Use Panel.

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550