Rachel Coates, a dairy farmer from Shipley, West Yorkshire, is set to become the first woman to take on the role of Show Director at the Great Yorkshire Show. She will succeed Charles Mills, who has held the position since 2016, immediately following this year’s 165th Great Yorkshire Show from July 9 to July 12.
Rachel expressed her honor at taking over the position and aims to attract younger generations to the show in order to ensure its continued success. Charles Mills spoke highly of Rachel, expressing confidence in her ability to lead the show to even greater heights.
Rachel is an active member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Council and manages a mix of tenanted and owned land on the outskirts of Baildon Moor and the urban fringe. With experience in various industries including advertising, retail, education, and agriculture, Rachel brings a diverse skill set to her new role.
As a passionate advocate for British food, Rachel is also involved in the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Women In Farming Network and volunteers at the Society’s Countryside Days for schoolchildren at the Great Yorkshire Showground.
Allister Nixon, CEO of Yorkshire Agricultural Society, expressed his delight at Rachel’s appointment and looks forward to working with her to deliver future Great Yorkshire Shows.
The Great Yorkshire Show, organized by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, is England’s premier agricultural event and supports and promotes the farming industry through various initiatives.