Cumbrian Agriculturalist Takes on Additional Role

A staunch supporter of agriculture in the North of England and Cumbria in particular has taken on an additional role in the industry. Alan Bowe wears many rural “hats” including senior roles within the H&H Group, and he has now been appointed Vice Chairman of the Askham Bryan College Corporation.

The college is one of the largest and fastest growing in the country and in 2011 it acquired the running of Penrith-based Newton Rigg College where Alan was Chair of the then Newton Rigg Committee. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Askham Bryan College Corporation, which is its governing body, and his work raising the profile of agriculture in the North and encouraging the next generation of young agriculturalists has continued.

Alan Bowe, the new Vice Chairman of Askham Bryan College Corporation

Alan Bowe, the new Vice Chairman of Askham Bryan College Corporation

Alan said:
“I owe a great deal to Newton Rigg and I am more than happy to assist the Askham Bryan Corporation continue to develop student education.”

Commenting on the appointment, Anthony Alton, Chairman of the Corporation said:
“Cumbria and Newton Rigg College are a big part of Askham Bryan College and I am very pleased that someone of Alan's pedigree has been elected as Vice Chairman. I look forward to working with him.”

Alan's links with the college stretch back almost all his life. From a Cumbrian farming family, his links with Newton Rigg began when he studied there as an agricultural student. His focus on agriculture continued as he went on to become a Chartered Land Agent and managed landed estates across the North of England advising farmers and estate owners.

Following his appointment to the Lord Chancellors Panel of Agricultural Arbitrators in 1980 he set up a successful practice working across the North of England and particularly in Cumbria. In 1988 the business was acquired by the Carlisle-based H&H Group with Alan immediately becoming a Main Board Director. He became the Board Chairman in 2006, a position he maintained until retiring in 2013. He continues to act as a Consultant to the Group.

Away from work he has had an extensive involvement in supporting a number of rural organisations and especially young agriculturalists, including through the Young Farmers Movement. He is also a member of The Cumbria Society and a former President of the Cumbria Agricultural Society and a recipient, in 2015 of the Blamire Medal for services to agriculture in the former county area of Cumberland. Alan's home is in Keswick.

Alan succeeds Jane Downes who has served on the Corporation since 2009 and whose hard work and commitment has made a significant difference to Askham Bryan College.

Askham Bryan College

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