Yorkshire Agricultural Society Welcomes New Society Manager

 In 2024, YAS Press Releases

The boss of one of the most successful one-day agricultural shows is to become the new Society Manager of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the four-day Great Yorkshire Show, arguably England’s premier agricultural show.

The CEO of the Driffield Agricultural Society, David Tite will take over from current Yorkshire Agricultural Society Manager, Mark Stoddart who is moving on to become the Secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

After this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, David will join CEO Allister Nixon and new Show Director Rachel Coates to ensure the Great Yorkshire Show remains exciting and relevant to visitors and a mainstay in the national events calendar. David will also work closely with Allister on new opportunities and initiatives to drive the Yorkshire Agricultural Society forward.

David has worked at the Driffield Showground for over 30 years after starting off clearing the site as a 13-year-old.

He said: “This is a fantastic next step for me and whilst I’m saddened to leave Driffield this was an opportunity not to be missed and I’m looking forward to joining a great team and working on the Great Yorkshire Show amongst the other events held on the Showground.”

Allister Nixon said: “Mark and David are hugely passionate about the agricultural show industry having both been past National Chairs of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO). We thank Mark for his passion and commitment to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Great Yorkshire Show over the last 20 years and we are delighted to welcome David with his wealth of show experience from another highly respected agricultural society.

“It is a testament to both Mark and David that they are deeply committed to delivering the Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday July 9 – Friday July 12) and the Driffield Show (Monday July 17) before moving into their new roles.”

Rachel Coates said: “I very much look forward to working with David when I step into my new role at the end of this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.”

David Tite



  • Registered charity, Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs.
  • YAS is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
  • Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.


Jo Francisco
PR Manager
Direct Line: 01423 546215 | Mobile: 07954 007414
Email: jof@yas.co.uk

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