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Professor John Moverley OBE leaving Myerscough to take up prominent national role

Posted on Thursday 12 May 2005

Professor John Moverley OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Myerscough College, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE). He will take over his new role on 1 December 2005.

John Moverley has been Principal of Myerscough since 1997 and has overseen its development into the largest college of its kind in the country with a budget now of £21 million, three times its size 8 years ago. The range of activity has been extended and the college is a leading provider of further and higher education and training, commercial services and rural business support. More than that, John has always emphasised the College’s central commitment to providing opportunity for every individual to achieve their potential whatever their background or initial qualifications.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Moverley said:

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Myerscough; indeed it will always be with me. The Myerscough experience and teamwork is so special. It will be a very emotional farewell for me. However, the opportunity to take up the new role at the RASE has arisen and it is a major opportunity to engage with all Society members across the country to provide both a national voice and lead in the maintenance and development of a vibrant living and working countryside. The RASE has a number of exciting projects ongoing of national significance and I am very excited about that. I wish the College every success for the future. It is a very great and special place.

Mr. Tom Bathgate, College Chairman, said

John has made a historic contribution to the growth, development and profile of the college. He will be deeply missed. We wish John and his wife, Liz, every success and happiness in this next step. The college will continue to advance and build on the strong position John’s leadership has placed it in.

Notes :

For over 100 years, Myerscough has been providing education, training and related activities. Today it has over 2000 full-time students and 16000 part-time enrolments at its main campus and its out-centres in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackburn and Burnley. Its activities also include its Rural Business Centre. John Moverley has involvement in a wide range of local, regional and national organisations and activities.


Since 1836, the RASE has played a leading role in the development of British agriculture and a vibrant rural economy through the promotion of good practice, the uptake of good science and providing a national voice on wide-ranging issues concerned with the rural economy. Its work also includes support for business, social welfare in rural communities, education and its national shows, exhibitions and events. Future developments involve plans for a national centre of rural excellence at its home of Stoneleigh Park.

Contacts : Kath Etherington, Executive Assistant, or Jane Brash, Principal’s Secretariat on Tel 01995 642201

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