Nicola Bateman to be chief executive of Suffolk Agricultural Association

Nicola Bateman, the new chief executive of Suffolk Agricultural Association, at Trinity Park.

Nicola Bateman, the new chief executive of Suffolk Agricultural Association, at Trinity Park. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A high-flying events expert who has worked on projects around the world is set to lead the organisation behind Suffolk’s flagship annual showcase.

Nicola Bateman, 42, is the first woman chief executive in the 184-year history of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, which organises the Suffolk Show.

She brings 18 years of experience in the international events industry to the role, which became vacant after executive director Christopher Bushby decided to step down last year after 20 years at the helm.

The former pupil of St Benedict’s Upper School in Bury St Edmunds, who grew up in Woodford Green in Essex then Great Barton, near Bury, now lives at Tostock with her partner, two stepchildren and her seven-year-old son.

She revealed that on the day she was chosen for the role, she was also offered a high-flying post events managing in Sydney, Australia.


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“When I was told about the vacancy at the agricultural association, I knew it was the next challenge for me,” she said.

SAA chairman Robert Rous said it was an “exciting phase” for the association.

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For more on Nicola and the ground-breaking new appointment, see Saturday’s East Anglian Daily Times.

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