Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Retirement of DES Chairman

We are sorry to report that our Chairman James Rucker has retired from his role at the AGM held in April. We would all like to thank him for his service to the society over the last ten years.
James has been a Trustee of the DES since 1998, and Chairman of the Trustees and Management Committee since 2002, during which time he has been actively involved, not only with the management and direction of the Society, but also joining in Selection weekends, walks and other activities.
Brought up on a farm, James’s roots are deep in Dorset, and his wife’s family have owned land in the county for over two hundred years. They have three children and four grandchildren. Twenty-six years service in the army involved extensive travel throughout Europe and the Middle East, and after retirement James became Managing Director of the NAAFI, and managed the Froebel Educational Institute. Interests have included tennis, golf, hill walking, gardening and involvement in village activities. He has a passionate interest in the preservation of the countryside, and the encouragement of young people through leadership opportunities and adventurous experience.

James received a leaving gift of a camera and will be succeeded in his role by fellow trustee and good friend Colonel Brian R Anderson.


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