Former Rutland Agricultural Society chairman awarded MBE in Queen’s birthday honours list

Jeremy Skipper
Jeremy Skipper

The former chairman of trustees at Rutland Agricultural Society has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Jeremy Skipper received the honour for services to agriculture in the East Midlands.

The 77-year-old moved to Rutland in 1987 and was elected to the committee of Rutland Agricultural Society 1991.

He was chairman from 2003 until 2014 and during his office was pivotal in the development and establishment of the new Rutland Showground and sports facility, thus securing the future of the society.

Jeremy has a background in the development of livestock production systems and during his career won several awards for his successful methods in pig production.

Jeremy said of his MBE: “I am humbled that I should be considered for such an award.

“Teamwork has been key in all of my endeavours and I could not have delivered without the support and hard work of all the trustees and the whole the team over many years.”

David Wood, current chairman of the Rutland Agricultural Society, congratulated Jeremy on his honour.

He said: “We are delighted that Jeremy has been recognised for his leadership and hard work.”

Educated at Edge Grove Preparatory School, in Aldenham and Tonbridge School, Kent, Jeremy later studied management accountancy in the heavy engineering industry in Sheffield.

He married wife Liz in 1960 and the couple have one daughter, Susan.

After working as a farm manager in the 1960s, and writing for a farm journal, he started his own company in 1979 selling specialised ventilation and feed conveying systems for intensive livestock production.

His expertise in large scale pig production has seen him carry out advisory work and lecturing in all over the world – including the USA, 
Caribbean islands, eastern Europe, Malaysia and the Philippines.