The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) has appointed a new secretary.

Mark Stoddart, currently society manager at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, will assume the position from Christopher Riddle, whose retirement after 35 years at the helm was announced in the autumn.

Stoddart joins with over 18 years of experience delivering the Great Yorkshire Show, as well as previously holding the position of National Chairman of the Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) and a number of other related roles.

Stoddart will experience the 2024 Royal Cornwall Show by shadowing the current secretary, before joining permanently in August and officially taking over the secretary’s role from Chris Riddle when he retires at the end of September.