Andrew Ogg and Richard Fry have been elected unopposed to the Countryside Alliance board and will now contribute to its high profile campaigning work as well as its fundraising projects.
The Countryside Alliance board comprises both elected and appointed members and is Chaired by Simon Hart MP. It meets on a regular basis to direct the activities and agree the policies of the organisation.
Andrew Ogg, Nottinghamshire (next to Lincolnshire border)
Andrew is a whipper-in, trail-layer and treasurer of the East Lincs Bassets. He hunts mounted with several Lincolnshire/Midlands packs and is also a member of a local rifle-range, shooting in large- and small-bore competitions. Other interests include military history and astronomy.
Andrew has been a Countryside Alliance Member since 1983 and is a former committee member of North & Mid Lincolnshire and South Lincolnshire Committees. As a volunteer he helped on show stands; talked to the media and commented on accounting and charity law issues.
A self-employed chartered accountant, Andrew works with a wide range of rural clients. He has a zoology degree from Durham University and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 with subsequent experience in business and practice.
Andrew is a former member of village Parish Council and has worked for Vote OK at constituency level from 2005 and as director for Lincolnshire from 2014.
Richard Fry, Dorset
Richard is a subscriber to the Blackmore & Sparkford Vale Hunt and hunts on a regular basis. He previously hunted with the Cattistock Hunt and has hunted continuously for over 30 years along with his wife and four children. As well as hunting Richard stalks in Scotland and ran a pheasant shoot on his Dorset land. He farms 400 acres, mainly beef cattle. Part of the farm is organic and entered into the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme. He is involved in National Hunt racing as a Director of Harry Fry Racing Ltd and owner of racehorses under rules and point-to-point racing. Richard is also the owner of several eventers ridden by daughter Rosie Fry.
Also a member of the CLA and GWCT amongst other organisations, Richard has been Chairman of the Dorset and South West Wilts Committee since 2010 but has been involved with the Alliance for over 20 years. He is a Trustee of The Countryside Alliance Foundation, the Alliance’s charity which runs the Fishing 4 Schools and Casting for Recovery projects. As Chairman of the CA Point to Point at Badbury Rings for several years he raised an average of £20,000 each year. Richard has also helped raise significant funds for the Alliance by chairing the committees for our Present Finder Ball and Minterne Midsummer Blast. In 2014 Richard was awarded the Goodson Wickes Trophy for services to the Countryside Alliance.
Notes to editors:
- The Countryside Alliance’s Annual General Meeting is set to take place at 11am on 18th October in the Gascoigne Suite of the Union Jack Club in London. Andrew and Richard have been elected unopposed following a membership ballot.