Lord Curry of Kirkharle has been appointed as the new chairman of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), to begin his tenure from August 1, 2012. Lord Curry succeeds Baroness Shephard of Northwald.

Lord Curry of Kirkharle has been appointed as the new chairman of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), to begin his tenure from August 1, 2012. Lord Curry succeeds Baroness Shephard of Northwald.

Lord Curry of KirkhaleThe chairman takes responsibility for the strategic leadership of the RVC council and has particular responsibility for ensuring that the council and its committees observe the principles of public life. The council itself is concerned primarily with matters of strategy and policy, monitoring and evaluation, and control, risk and accountability.

Lord Curry said: “I am delighted to be appointed as chairman of the RVC. It is a great honour to be involved with such a highly respected and influential institution which has a critical role within the veterinary profession. I am very much looking forward to taking up the role.”

RVC principal Prof Stuart Reid said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Curry on board as our new chairman. His drive to boost and improve farming in the UK is something which we, as a college, are also passionate about and I know that his experience of working in both the public and commercial sectors will bring great value to the college as a whole.”

Made a life peer in 2011 in recognition of his contribution to the development of agriculture and farming in the UK, the cross-bencher Lord Curry is both an experienced farmer and businessman.

After founding North Country Primestock in 1990 as a farmer owned co-operative marketing prime cattle and sheep, Lord Curry has gone on to establish a number of successful businesses and has held governance roles in both commercial companies and public sector bodies.

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