Nigel Evans

ASAO Chairman

Nigel Evans is Chairman of the ASAO and has been the Executive Director of the Cheshire Agricultural Society since 2005.  Nigel’s skill set includes Corporate sector fundraising, sponsorship, event management, marketing and business development. Nigel is a firm believer in the power of good networking, mutually beneficial partnerships and the sharing of best practice.

Mark Stoddart

Vice 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.

Paul Hooper OBE

ASAO Secretary

Paul Hooper 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.

Ollie Allen

ASAO Council Member

Ollie Allen is Secretary of the Devon County Show, and has been overseeing operations there since 1996, arriving at the Exeter showground after 15 years with the Royal Bath & West of England Society. She is a Vice President of the Devon Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and a member of the Devon Committee for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. She is married to Trevor and has one son.

Denis Dooley

ASAO Council Member

Denis 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 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.

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.

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.