NICK UTTING: CHAIRMAN
I retired from the National Farmers’ Union in Cumbria having
been Group Secretary for over 30 years, working
closely with many land agents and
livestock auctioneers during that period. My work with Dick Harrison
led me to respect his views on all matters affecting farmers
and the rural way of life and it was that great respect that
and others to form this Charitable Trust.
As Chairman, I consider that the skills of traditional land agents
and livestock auctioneers remain as important now as they did three
decades ago and it is essential that every encouragement possible
is given to young persons enthusiastic for a career in this sector.
I was married to Dick for over 30 years. During
that time his generosity and enthusiasm meant I could share in
his passions for wildlife,
livestock and his job. He loved all aspect of his work and
was keen to support young people in their development, so they
could find fulfilment.
When Dick died I was asked about suitable
objectives for a Trust Fund to commemorate his life. Considering
his values I felt proud to suggest that it should provide financial
support for those who would link to train in the area of auctioneering
or land agency.
I am delighted that so many students have applied and
I am sorry that we have not been able to provide assistance to
them all. However it has been lovely to watch the progress of
those we have supported.
As a young farmer, I appreciated the encouragement and advice offered
by Dick Harrison. I admired his enthusiastic style and his professional
and honest business manner.
I was honoured to be asked to be a
Trustee of the fund. The standard of applicants receiving grants
would have given him much satisfaction.
I have been a Trustee since 1998 and really
enjoy the opportunity to meet applicants; although they range in
age, stage of their career, personal interests and background they
all share a passion for the rural landscape.
Being Dick Harrison’s
younger daughter, I am well aware of his love of the countryside
and the value he placed on education and personal development.
I do see it as most fitting that this Trust has been set up in
respect for his work within agriculture and his passion for livestock
I'm Dick Harrison's grandson and have heard from so many people what
he meant to them and how enthused he was about the countryside, his
job and getting young people involved in the business. It's a great
honour to be involved with the trust and a privilege to be able to
help fantastic candidates just starting their careers.