Region: Yorkshire, Northern region
BASC membership: 4+ years
Proposed by: S Bruty
Seconded by: L Moore
I’m an electrical engineer from South Yorkshire and I’ve been into most forms of country sports since my teenage years. Now, in my 40s, country sports and the great outdoors are my life. I regularly enjoy deer stalking and pigeon shooting on the family farm in Lincolnshire. I have an active role in the syndicate pheasant shoot I’m a member of in the heart of the local shooting scene. I also regularly go beating on other local shoots. For me, the social side of shooting makes me go back every time; the people, the characters and the good times make the day more enjoyable than just the shooting. Clay pigeon shooting on a Sunday morning often turns into more of a chat with some clays thrown in. I’m a people person – I enjoy chatting with people and trying to help whenever I can.
As a Council member, I hope to be an approachable, grassroots member to represent the membership. I want to highlight members’ issues, introduce them into the national agenda and provide useful feedback. I’ve been a BASC volunteer for the last five years, regularly attending local game fairs and shooting shows with the northern regional team to try and help to answer members’ enquiries. This will continue when national restrictions allow. Volunteering has given me an insight into members’ problems and it has also allowed me to meet many people and some great characters. There are some huge challenges facing our sport, some of which we have never faced before. A fresh face and a great deal of enthusiasm will be needed on Council and I’m willing to offer this and help the association fight our corner.
I’m often called a straight talker, but I’m also a hard-working person who loves a challenge – and I love my sport. Being on Council would enable my passions to turn into action for members.