Election of members of council 2021

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The Society is owned by its members who elect a Council who in turn elect a board of Trustees who act as directors of the Society. There may also be co-opted members of Council who are appointed for their skills and experience to complement the elected Members. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society aspires to implement the highest standards of corporate governance in line with Company and Charity laws and guidelines.

Council Responsibilities

The Society’s Council is principally consultative and forms an important line of communication between members and the Trustees enabling a wide representation to be involved in the running of the Society. Council normally meets four times a year but in 2020 met three times two of which were via video call.

The Council elects up to seven Trustees who must be members of Council.

The Council considers and comments on the longer-term strategy of the Society.

Council comments on Society activities during the year, including a detailed review of the Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live.


  • To be a strong advocate for the work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and for agriculture in Yorkshire.
  • To act as conduit for Members views on the YAS
  • Be committed to the vision, purpose, and values of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
  • To ensure that the objectives of Yorkshire Agricultural Society are carried out.
  • To ensure that the Society complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.


  • Act in the Society’s best interests, taking everything relevant into account
  • Respect the Society’s constitution and decisions taken under it
  • Be diligent, careful and well informed about the Society’s affairs
  • Understand the importance and purpose of the meetings and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly
  • Analyse information and where appropriately challenge constructively
  • Be able to respect boundaries between executive and governance functions
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality on sensitive and confidential information
  • Be able to make collective decisions and stand by them


The Council meets formally four times per year.

There is a further expectation that Council members will contribute in other ways such as at the Great Yorkshire Show and other Society committees.

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