Photo: Ralph Andrew (left) hands over the chain of office to Duncan Davison.

A new President has taken over to lead the Rotary Club of Northallerton for the coming year. Ralph Andrew handed over to Duncan Davison (right of photo) at a meeting of Club members followed by a social gathering with partners and friends to mark the change.

Duncan completed his schooling in Pickering and then worked on a local farm for 4 years. He went on to study at Askham Bryan Agricultural College, York, graduating with a National Certificate in Agriculture (NCA). He entered the commercial sector as an agronomist, selling agricultural feeds, fertiliser and seeds. With the introduction of chemicals he expanded his advice to farmers through visits and field inspections, becoming widely known in the farming community of Yorkshire. He jokingly calls himself a cereal killer!

Duncan’s natural desire to contribute to community life is reflected in his involvement with the Friends of the Friarage Hospital for 10 years, membership of Round Table for 6 years and of the 41 Club for a further 20 years. He became a Rotarian in the Northallerton Club in 2012 and has held committee chairmanships before becoming President. His wife, Jan, is also a member of the Rotary Club, and as a couple they support many charitable events.Duncan is dedicated to Rotary, embodying the organisation’s motto “Service Above Self”. His enthusiastic vision for the coming year includes ensuring that members enjoy their involvement with the Club and the community, and finding new ventures to stimulate Rotary activities within the community. Outgoing President Ralph Andrew wished him all success in the role.