Duke steps into new role withrural champion

The Duke of Northumberland has become the patron of Community Action Northumberland (CAN) after 25 years of service as its president.

Friday, 10th November 2017, 07:31 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 21:12 pm
The Duke of Northumberland with trustees, celebrating 25 years of service to Community Action Northumberland.

The announcement was made at CAN’s annual general meeting last week where it was revealed Lord Curry of Kirkhale CBE, who has had a 55-year career in British agriculture, will take on the president’s role.

Chairman Adrian Hinchcliffe praised the Duke’s long-standing service to the charity which supports rural communities across Northumberland.

He said: “There have been frequent briefings with the chair and chief executive to discuss rural issues and the options and solutions available to CAN to pursue to benefit rural communities.

“You have always asked key questions and posed knowledgeable solutions. Your knowledge of rural issues and the needs and solutions that are needed have genuinely helped CAN and it’s board on finding the right directions. We really have appreciated your input, guidance and wise counsel.”

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Lord Curry is widely recognised as a hugely influential figure in rural issues. He has steadfastly worked his way as a grassroots tenant farmer to a much respected, influential figure within agriculture thanks to a host of key achievements.

He produced the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food report to Government in January 2002, which led to a fundamental review of agricultural policy across the UK.

Andy Dean, chief executive, said: “Fellow farmers, companies, organisations, charities and politicians respect him as a man who has been a tireless advocate of the farming industry and on critical rural issues.

“We are delighted to have such a highly-regarded figure as our new president and look forward to working together for Northumberland’s rural communities.”

CAN’s work includes promoting rural issues, running employment hubs, supporting village halls and numerous fuel-poverty projects.