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Members' fear for RHASS reputation as Royal Highland Show manager exits

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has confirmed Royal Highland Show manager David Jackson will not be returning to his role.

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Members' fear for RHASS reputation as Royal Highland Show manager exits

There has been some doubt about his position in recent weeks.

 

He has been involved with RHASS for more than four years and has played a key part in the Royal Highland Show over that time.

 

An RHASS statement said: “David leaves with the society’s thanks for all the work he has done during his time here.”

 

Members and exhibitors speaking to Farmers Guardian have expressed their concern about staff shortages in the show office, with some positions standing unfilled for several months.


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David Alcorn, who left his role as RHASS secretary 18 months ago, said: “There does seem to be some issues at the RHASS at present, with them haemorrhaging staff at a truly alarming rate. I am sure the number of staff who have left the business in the past 18-24 months is now into double figures.

 

“With only a small team, one wonders how the existing team can cover these essential and busy roles effectively while still undertaking their own day job.”

 

It came as a letter was circulated widely by show steward and Dumfriesshire Ryeland sheep breeder Janice Milne.

 

In it she calls for the society’s 59 directors to consider the staffing issues, the costs of severance payments and any legal fees attached. She also highlighted the potential damage to the reputation of the association.

It is believed some members have written to their local directors with similar concerns.

 

Board members are due to meet on Wednesday, with an executive meeting on Thursday before a press conference in the afternoon.

 

The meetings will presumably discuss the staffing issues and the plans for the new members’ pavilion which was announced in February. So far no cost has been given for the project.

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