Three new board members elected at KC AGM
THREE new members were elected to the Board – Paul Eardley, Hector Heathcote and Liz Stannard.
Re-elected were chairman and vice-chairman Simon Luxmoore and Steve Croxford, Mark Cocozza, Paul Harding and Pat Sutton.
Fifteen people were standing for eight places; four were retiring under the age rule – Anne Bliss, Anne Macdonald – who, Mr King announced, will be judging best in show at Crufts 2020 – Meg Purnell-Carpenter and Keith Young.
The voting figures were: Mr Luxmoore 421, Miss Sutton 359, Mr Cocozza 355, Mr Eardley 333, Mr Harding 316, Mrs Stannard 280, Mr Heathcote 272, Mr Croxford 266, Sue Garner (obedience) 248, Ian Seath 209, Ernie Paterson 202, Yvonne Billows 169, Leonarda Pogodzinski 148, Sheila Thomson 109 and Bill Browne-Cole 96.
Former chairman Steve Dean and former vice-chairman Mike Townsend were made honorary life members in recognition of their ‘dedication and service’ to the club over the years.
Steve Dean has been a member of the KC since 1992, serving on a number of committees including the General Committee of which he was chairman, Crufts where he was also head vet for a number of years, Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee, Disciplinary Sub-Committee and the Dog Health Group of which he was also chairman.
Prof Dean played a key role in the planning and development of the club’s new Clarges Street premises, members were told at the meeting, and is closely involved in the development of the Emblehope project.
Board member Pat Sutton said his commitment to the health and welfare of dogs was 'undoubtedly what drives him’.
"His contribution in this key area of the club’s work and the relationships he has fostered on behalf of the club with veterinary and scientific bodies cannot be underestimated,” she said. "His unstinting work as chairman of the KC Charitable Trust and on the KC/Animal Health Trust Genetics and Cancer Centre management group has made a significant difference to the health and welfare of dogs."
Prof Dean is a breeder, exhibitor and judge of Border Terriers and has been involved in the breed for more than 30 years. He now also has a Labrador whom he trains and works in field trials.
Mr Townsend has been a member since ’88 and has served as vice-chairman of the General Committee, on the Finance and General Purposes Committee and chairman of the Judges Sub-Committee. He was chairman of the Charitable Trust from 2002 until his retirement last year.
“His commitment to the health and welfare of dogs and unstinting work in this area both within the Trust and through his involvement on the Genetics and Cancer Centre management group will have benefited many, many dogs,” she said. "Mike also chaired the project management team overseeing the planning and development of the club’s new Clarges Street premises.
“Very importantly he is also an Irish Setter man through and through.”
Garner Anthony, Jean Blandford, Rita Bryden, John Clay and Jesper Eades were elected honorary life members in accordance with the articles of association, and the Earl of Buchan, Lord Fairhaven, Peter James, Lord Kirkham and Sir John Spurling were re-elected vice-presidents.