The new President of the Newport and District Agricultural Society has been named as Harper Adams University IT specialist Duncan Gunn-Russell.
Duncan, who is Service Delivery AV Co-ordinator at the University, is set to take up the role of President at the Society for the coming year – with his eyes already firmly fixed on making the 2024 Newport Show the best yet.
Born and bred in Shropshire, both Duncan’s father and brother were agricultural contractors, with his father also running an agricultural hardware premises in Shifnal.
With farming in his blood, he joined the Newport Young Farmers Club in the early 1980s, representing them in national debating competition up and down the country, before moving to London, where he trained as an Audio Visual specialist.
When he married in 1998 – with his wife, Amelia, a dairy farmer’s daughter – the couple moved back to the area, where they now live on the Shropshire – Staffordshire border with daughter, Megan and son, Angus.
Duncan now puts his AV skills to use at Harper Adams University, and with his home surrounded by fields, woodland, livestock and poultry, he soon found himself tempted back towards helping out at the Newport Show.
He said: “In the early 2000s, I was persuaded by former Show President, Scott Dobson, to help at the show in the parking and gates section – and since then, I’ve never really managed to escape the clutches of the Newport and District Agricultural Society!