Mark Stoddart

ASAO Council Member

Mark Stoddart is the Financial Controller of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, which stages the Great Yorkshire Show. He is also Secretary and Treasurer of the Yorkshire Federation of Show Societies.

Mags Clarke

ASAO Council Member

Mags Clarke joined the Border Union Agricultural Society in 2018 as their Executive Director having worked for the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland for 12½ years.

Denis Dooley

ASAO Council Member

Denis Dooley is the Show Secretary of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, which is held in July at their showground at New Park, Brockenhurst.

Denis has been instrumental in the creation of the Next Generation project which aims to keep the Show in safe hands for many years to come. Outside of work Denis is married, has one child, enjoys cycling, visiting family and working his Labrador Woody.

Rhonda Geary

ASAO Council Member

Rhonda Geary is the Operations Director of the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society and as part of her role, organises the Balmoral Show and The Royal Ulster Winter Fair.

Christine Knipe

ASAO Council Member

Christine Knipe was appointed Chief Executive of Westmorland County Agricultural Society in 2005, and her role includes the organisation of the Westmorland County Show. She is also Administration Secretary of the North West Federation of Show Secretaries and has been the Honorary Secretary of the industrial section of Cartmel Show since 1992. A farmer’s wife, who grew up exhibiting sheep with her father, she has a life-long passion for agriculture. She is keen to learn, share, listen and help out when needed.

Sam Mackenzie-Green

ASAO Council Member

Sam Mackenzie-Green is the Show Manager for the Devon County Show.  She was previously Show Secretary at Dorset County Show for 13 years before spearheading the project to re-start the Yeovil Show in Somerset in 2016, being Event Director for the event.  She has a keen interest in marketing and brand promotion especially through engaging social media campaigns.

Sam lives in Dorset with her husband, Henry, and two sons George (10) and Tom (7).

Christopher Riddle

ASAO Council Member

Chris Riddle has been Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association since 1989 and is only the ninth person to hold this position since the organisation was founded in 1793.  He is married to Thelma and has two children – Emma and Harry and Emma has recently been appointed as the RCAA’s Pavilion Centre Manager.

Chris is a former Chairman of the ASAO and a former Trustee and National Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.  He is also a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth and Deputy Chairman, Trustee and Honorary Life Member of the Royal Smithfield Club as well as being an office holder with various other organisations.

Doreen Smillie-Gray

ASAO Council Member

Doreen Smillie-Gray is Shows Manager for the Three Counties Agricultural Society, and is responsible for the organisation of national events like the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, the Royal Three Counties Show and the Malvern Autumn Show. She is a Past President of The Ryeland Flock Book Society and currently Chairman of the Ryeland Judges Committee. She is also Chairman of the Worcester and Malvern Canine Society and a well-known figure on the dog show circuit, having judged at Crufts. She is married, and lives on a smallholding with a menagerie of sheep, dogs and birds.

Kate Stephen

ASAO Council Member

Kate Stephen has been Livestock and Competitions Manager at The Royal Highland Show since 2002.  She comes from a dairy farming background – and she has been showing cattle, light horses and Clydesdale horses for almost as long as she can remember.  She is the main organiser of the Scottish Shows Forum.

David Tite

ASAO Council Member

David Tite is Society Director of the Driffield Show Society and first joined the organisation in 1990 to work during his school holidays. He was made Director in 2006 and since then has increased the Showground’s rental activity and established the annual Driffield Show as one of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the country. He also oversees the running of the monthly Driffield Farmers’ Market and sits on many local committees aimed at supporting the rural community. David is a time-served furniture designer and craftsman and lectured in the subject for over seven years.

Paul Hooper OBE

ASAO Secretary

Paul Hooper OBE is Society Secretary for the Royal Bath & West of England Society and a well-known figure in the shows industry. He began his career in 1977 and is experienced in most aspects of agricultural and country show organisation at national level. In 2015, he was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours. Paul enjoys listening to military music in his spare time.

Katie Bradley-Hudson

ASAO Assistant Secretary

Katie Bradley-Hudson has been Show Secretary of the Sherborne Castle Country Fair in Dorset since 2006, after serving as Show Secretary for the North Somerset Agricultural Show.

Sharon Gilbert

ASAO PR Consultant

Sharon Gilbert is Managing Director of glasshouse communications and was previously Communications Manager at Worcestershire’s Three Counties Showground, heading up PR & Marketing for events like the Royal Three Counties Show and the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

She began her career at the Worcester News, going on to manage the press office at KAYS Home Shopping (Great Universal Stores) for almost a decade, and has delivered public relations for the University of Worcester, Berkeley Castle, Spetchley Park Gardens and best-selling horror writer Helen McCabe.

A specialist in media relations, Sharon operates out of her office at the foot of the beautiful Malvern Hills, offering PR and marketing expertise to both start-up and established businesses.