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Lord Curry of Kirkharle appointed new Chairman of The Royal Veterinary College

3 July 2012

Lord Curry of Kirkharle has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to begin his tenure from the 1st August 2012.

Made a life peer in 2011 in recognition of his contribution to the development of agriculture and farming in the UK, the cross-bencher Lord Curry is both an experienced farmer and businessman.

Lord Curry of KirkharleAfter founding North Country Primestock in 1990 as a farmer owned co-operative marketing prime cattle and sheep, Lord Curry has gone on to establish a number of successful businesses and has held governance roles in both commercial companies and public sector bodies.

Chairing the policy commission on the 'Future of Farming and Food' between 2001 and 2001, Lord Curry (pictured right) then took responsibility for overseeing the government's strategy for sustainable farming and food until 2009. In addition, the former chair of NFU Mutual (2003-2011), acted as a Crown Estate Commissioner between 2006-2007, and in 2009 became chair of the Leckford Estate Management Committee (the Waitrose farm).

Lord Curry still farms 450 acres of arable and lowland grass in Northumberland.

Professor Stuart Reid, Principal at the RVC, said: "We are delighted to welcome Lord Curry on board as our new Chairman. His drive to boost and improve farming in the UK is something which we, as a College, are also passionate about and I know that his experience of working in both the public and commercial sectors will bring great value to the College as a whole."

Lord Curry added: "I am delighted to be appointed as Chairman of the RVC. It is a great honour to be involved with such a highly respected and influential institution which has a critical role within the veterinary profession. I am very much looking forward to taking up the role."

As Chairman of the RVC council Lord Curry succeeds Baroness Shephard of Northwold, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Secretary of State of Education.

The Chairman takes responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Council and has particular responsibility for ensuring that the Council and its Committees observe the principles of public life. The Council itself is concerned primarily with matters of strategy and policy, monitoring and evaluation, and control, risk and accountability.

Notes for editors

  • The Royal Veterinary College is the UK's first and largest veterinary school and a constituent College of the University of London. It also provides support for veterinary and related professions through its three referral hospitals, diagnostic services and continuing professional development courses. www.rvc.ac.uk

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