BASC is pleased to announce Lord Geoffrey Dear has been elected as the association’s new president.

A BASC member for more than 33 years, Lord Dear lists “country sports” as a recreation and is a keen shot who has previously supported the charitable work of the Wildlife Habitat Trust.

BASC chairman Peter Glenser said: “The association is privileged and honoured to have Lord Dear as its new president. He is a BASC man to the core with a life-long passion for country sports.

“Lord Dear has never hesitated to support BASC’s activities down the years, so we are thoroughly delighted to welcome him to his new role within the association.”

Lord Dear said: “As a BASC member for the past 33 years, I am honoured. I shall do all possible to further the work of this fine organisation, at a time when all that it seeks to do is very much in the public eye.

“BASC has done much to advance the case for shooting, while also drawing attention to the desire of its membership to conserve the countryside and its wildlife. It will continue to do that and I hope that, in some small way, I shall be able to take an active part in those endeavours.”

Lord Dear held some of the most senior positions in the British police, at different times being responsible for counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence and combating organised crime. He rose to become Chief Constable of West Midlands Police and was appointed HM Inspector of Constabulary in 1990.

He was described by the broadcaster and writer, Sir Robin Day, as the “best known and most respected police officer of his generation”. He holds the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.

On leaving the police, he conducted a number of high profile reviews for government, then served on a number of boards of public limited companies as non-executive chairman or director.

He was knighted in 1997, and granted a peerage in 2006 when he entered the House of Lords, where he sits as an independent cross-bencher. He is also an active Peer, serving as deputy chairman of committees.


Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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