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  • Viscount and Viscountess Falmouth

    Presidents of The Royal Bath & West of England Society

    Lord Falmouth has run the family estates in Cornwall and Kent for forty years as well as the in-hand farming operations including apples and dairy herds. He has a great interest in new technologies and efficiencies to help his estates thrive and to support his tenants to help deliver UK food security.

    He is passionate about forestry and owns extensive ancient chestnut coppice in Kent and precious areas of temperate rainforest in Cornwall. He has extended wildlife corridors across numerous valleys in West Cornwall to create a link which almost stretches from the north to the south coast and has established the first tea estate in England, which now has more than 25 miles of tea plants supplying his UK and international tea sales business.

    Lady Falmouth was brought up in Suffolk before marrying and moving to Tregothnan in Cornwall. She is a keen supporter of the natural environment and its impact on mental health. She has a small drove of Tamworth pigs which she regularly shows at the Royal Cornwall show and employs a beekeeper to help manage her 80 hives across the estate, producing a range of honey including the only UK Manuka honey. Together with Lord Falmouth she has helped establish the first Tea Estate in the UK and she oversees the sale of the tea in this country and abroad.


  • Mrs Catherine Look


    Catherine joined the Board in 2018 after being involved with the Society for many years. Her original involvement was through the Young Farmers’ Clubs.

    Catherine became Board Chairman in August 2022 and is looking forward to working with the wider stakeholder group as the Society moves forwards after the pandemic.

    Catherine is the Managing Director of her family business, which manages and develops park home estates and holiday parks across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Catherine was a “mature student” when she completed a degree in Business Management and she has a particular interest in customer service.

    Her husband and one of their daughters are farmers on the Somerset Levels. Their older daughter is a trials agronomist.


  • Dr Lance Moir

    Honorary Treasurer

    Lance Moir has nearly 40 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 Nightcap plc and Thatchers Cider Ltd and Chair of the Advisory Board of Craft Gin Club. 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 lives in West Somerset and is a beekeeper and a member of Somerset Opera.


  • Mr David Cotton


    David is a Somerset dairy farmer and a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management and the Royal Agricultural Societies. He has experience as Deputy Chairman of the Rural Payments Agency and on the Dairy Council of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

    David is a member of Council and Chairman of The Dairy Show at the Royal Bath and West of England Society.


  • 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 commentates on Somerset Cricket for the BBC.

    He is a member of Council and Chairman of Orchards and Cider at the Royal Bath and West of England Society.


  • Venetia Leng


    Venetia grew up in Oxfordshire and Somerset.

    She is a partner of C Hoare and Co bankers, looking after private customers many of whom are involved in agriculture and other rural businesses. She read economics at Cambridge and worked elsewhere in the City before joining Hoares in 1991.

    Venetia was a founder trustee of local Somerset charity Key4Life and is currently a trustee of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust.

    Venetia lives on a small farm in Somerset with her husband Hamish Leng and two children.


  • Sue Seager


    Sue spent her formative years in Dorset and went to school near Sherborne, returning to the West Country in 2013. Sue is currently the Estate Manager at The Newt in Somerset.

    Sue is a keen light aircraft pilot, having piloted through parts of Southern Africa. Sue has also been involved in all things equestrian from a young age and is now a keen competitor at dressage.


  • Mr Martin Thatcher DL


    Martin joined the Trustees Board of the Royal Bath and West of England Society in 2015 and is Chairman of the Bath & West Enterprises Board. 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.


  • Mr Patrick Thomson


    Patrick Thomson is Chief Executive Officer for EMEA, J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He is Chair of the Board of the Investment Association, representing UK’s investment management industry, and a Member of the UK Government’s Treasury Task Force.

    After graduating from Edinburgh University, Patrick served as an officer in the British Army for five years before joining JP Morgan in 1995 and has worked in Paris, Singapore and New York.

    He lives on a farm in Somerset and is married to Anna Redwood, an artist, with five children. He has worked as a shepherd and is a novice beekeeper and cider-maker.


  • Mr Rupert Uloth


    Rupert grew up in Hampshire and the Sudan.

    He joined Country Life magazine in 1994, after six years in the Household Cavalry, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe as part of a comedy revue sometime in between.

    Rupert currently lives in West Sussex with his wife, their children and a small menagerie, including a miniature poodle, Juno, several horses, 14 sheep, two saddleback pigs, two geese and five ducks.



  • 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  Farmlink Education Ltd, Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare and St Monica Trust. David also has an interest in Field Sports.

    David is the Chairman of the Charity Committee at the Royal Bath and West Society.