Venue: The Tiddy Tent.

Anthony Gibson retired from the NFU in 2008 after 36 years with the organization which included an eventful 14 years as South West Regional Director and a final two years as Director of Communications.  He is probably best known for the prominent part he played in the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak.

He now writes agricultural journalism, and is involved in several charity directorships (including Farms for City Children and the Royal Bath and West Show), and commentates on cricket for the BBC. He has published a number of books, including “Of Didcot and the Demon”, an edited collection of his father, Alan Gibson’s, writing on cricket for The Times, which won the MCC and Cricket Society’s award for Book of the Year in 2009; and “With Magic in My Eyes – West Country Literary Landscapes”, which explores the relationship between well-known West Country authors and the landscapes which inspired them.

He was born at Totnes and now at Langport on the Somerset Levels with his wife Claire. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies, holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and was appointed OBE in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours.