Mark Stoddart

ASAO Chairman

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.

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.

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.

James Cox

ASAO Membership Secretary

James Cox is Show Organiser of the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show.

He started his life in the Show industry at a young age as a volunteer at his local Show, the Dorset County Show and has since progressed to Marketing & Sponsorship Officer followed by Trade Stand Manager at the Royal Bath & West of England Society before joining the team at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show in June 2019.

James is from a Dorset farming family and an active member of Young Farmers.