Mrs Mary Prior CVO MBE JP
President of The Royal Bath & West of England Society
Mrs Prior was Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol from September 2007 until April 2017, having served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Bristol from 1996. During her tenure she waS patron or president of over 30 different charities and organisations.
She was born in Hambrook, Bristol and educated at Kingswood Grammar School. She was the sales and marketing director of Alexandra plc, an international supplier of work wear and uniforms, until retirement in 1997. She is also partner in a family beef farm and director of a small private property company.
Mrs Prior is a patron and a vice-president of the Quartet Community Foundation having previously been a trustee and past chairman of the North Somerset committee. She is a patron of the Bristol Cathedral Trust, and was formerly a trustee, having served as vice-chairman of the Trust and chairman of the Executive. She was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to the Bristol Cathedral Trust and is joint founding patron of the music partnership at Bristol Cathedral.
She was a trustee of St Monica Trust for nine years, serving as chairman of the community support fund committee and chairman of the audit committee.
Mrs Prior was a lay member of the Lord Chancellor’s Bristol Advisory Committee for the appointment of magistrates for nine years and, as Lord-Lieutenant, chaired the Commission for Bristol and North Avon Magistrates.
She served as a member of UWE Bristol Business School Advisory Board, a director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, a member of the BBC Radio Bristol Advisory Board and a member of the British Olympics Appeal Bristol Committee.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of St. John in 2009 and Dame of the Order of St John in 2012. She was awarded the Honorary Degree of Master of Business Administration by UWE in 2009. She was president of the Dolphin Society in 2007 and is a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers.
Mr Robert Drewett DL
Chairman of the Trustees Board since 2013. Robert Drewett is a partner at Bond Dickinson in Bristol, specialising in property law, having joined the firm in 2014 to launch their Private Wealth offering in the South West after many years at Osborne Clarke.
He is Clerk to the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol, and a trustee of a variety of West Country charities, including the National Eye Research Centre, the Langford Trust, Wells Cathedral Preservation Trust and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Until earlier in the year he also chaired Folly Farm, being the trading operation of Avon Wildlife Trust.
His involvement with the Bath and West started at an early age, with a spell working for the Society in 1978, followed by a further spell in 1981. He started stewarding in 1978 and has stewarded in some form each year since that date.
He became a Council member of the Royal Bath and West of England Society in 1984.
Mr John Alvis MBE
John Alvis is the Managing Director and Chairman Alvis Bros Ltd and Lye Cross Farm. The Alvis Bros business also delivers the “Farmlink” programme to bridge the divide between urban and rural communities through curriculum based farm visits for school children.
He currently sits on the Royal Agricultural College Advisory Council, and is a Council member of the Royal Bath & West of England Society. He is a non-executive Director of Cogent Breeding Ltd and Grosvenor Farms Ltd.
As a previous High Sheriff of Somerset he is involved with the national initiative Crimebeat.
Dr Lance Moir
Lance Moir has over 30 years’ senior business experience in financial and strategy roles. He has been CFO of WIN plc and Executive Director of IMImobile, Group Finance Director for First Choice Holidays plc, Director of Corporate Finance for Bass plc and Head of Corporate Finance and Planning for Storehouse plc.
He is currently a non-executive director of Henderson Global Trust plc and Chairman of Thompson Dunn. He has a PhD from Cranfield School of Management where he is now a Visiting Professor and a First Class Honours Degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of Sheffield as well as being a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, where he was a member of the council.
Lance is a novice beekeeper and member of Exmoor Beekeepers.
Mr Richard Ash
Richard Ash and his wife own and manage one of the largest horseshoe manufacturing businesses in the UK supplying the farriery industry with concave steel shoes, nationally and internationally.
As a qualified farrier he has been involved in training and employing a number of apprentice farriers. He is a Council member of the Royal Bath and West of England Society. He is the Chief Steward of Shoeing & Wrought Ironwork for the Royal Bath and West Show. He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, a member of the National Master Farriers and Blacksmiths Association and the British Show Jumping Association.
He is a keen supporter of country sports.
Mr Richard Calver
Richard Calver farms very locally to the showground and manages Westcombe Farms, where he has established a purpose built dairy for unpasteurised cheddar cheese, and he has grown the business to 400 cows across 1000 acres.
Westcombe make a traditional cheddar and this together with Westcombe red cheeses have achieved significant success His famous Westcombe Cheddar is frequently seen in the food halls of various shows at Shepton Mallet, as well as being found as far away as the USA and Italy.
Richard is a member of Council of the Royal Bath and West and is the Chairman of the Dairy Show, the triennial Grassland UK and Bath and West Enterprises Board.
Mr Michael Felton MFH
After several placements in the agricultural supply trade, Mike returned to the family business near Salisbury, operating a drying storage and marketing service for local cereal growers of which he became Chairman.
In recent years, Mike has been involved with farming both livestock and cereal, as well as dealing with letting commercial property.
A keen competitor in horse trials and racing, Mike has been involved with equestrian activities throughout his life and is currently MFH for the Blackmore Sparkford Vale Hunt.
Mr Anthony Gibson OBE
Anthony is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to agriculture and rural economy of the South West.
He was with the NFU for over thirty five years and remains very active in farming and Somerset Levels flooding issues. He is an accomplished broadcaster and journalist and writes for the Western Morning News.
He is a member of Council and Chairman of Orchards and Cider at the Royal Bath and West of England Society.
Miss Eleanor Matheson of Matheson DL
Eleanor was appointed DL for Somerset in August 2003. She is a member of the Executive & Management Committees and a breed inspector for the British White Cattle Society.
She is a member of the Bath committee for Morpeth Society Housing Association and a Council member of the Royal Bath and West of England Society.
Eleanor is currently farming as a partner in Trees Farm Partnership and employed part time by Premier Livestock Auctions in Frome.
Mr Martin Thatcher
Martin joined the Trustees Board of the Royal Bath and West of England Society in 2015. Martin is the Managing Director of top local cider manufacturing company Thatcher’s Cider.
Thatcher’s have 360 acres of its own orchard in Somerset, as well as using apples from other growers in the area. Over 25,000 tonnes of fruit are pressed each year.
Thatcher’s also maintains a special exhibition orchard in which over 548 different varieties of apple tree are grown.
Sir David Wills Bt
Elected on to the Trustee Board in 2015 Sir David’s family have been involved with the Royal Bath and West of England Society for many years. He is a landowner and farmer.
David’s professional interests include Blagford Properties. His community and charitable interests involve the Royal Bath & West of England Society, Bristol Cathedral Trust, Farmlink Education Ltd, Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare and Bristol Care and Repair.
He is the Chairman of the Charity Committee at the Royal Bath and West.
Mrs Angela Yeoman OBE DL
Mrs. Angela Yeoman, OBE, DL is a Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset and a former High Sheriff of the County. She is the Chair of the Somerset Community Foundation and serves on the Boards of several local companies and on the committees of many other charities.
She is active in promoting access to the countryside for walkers, biking and horses, through her association of the MCTT (Mendip Cross Trails Trust), and a trustee for the Somerset Building preservation.
She is the founder of Nunney International Horse Trials held at her home in Somerset and a keen supporter of national hunt horse racing.