FORMER housing boss Alan Crowe is to be the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society's new chief executive in time for this year's Balmoral Show.
He spent nearly 14 years as chief executive for Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing and its subsidiary Own-Co, a regional public body under the Department for Communities and Local Government.
A chartered director, he holds multiple awards and Fellowships with several professional bodies and has worked extensively with regional/central and local government.
He and his family currently live in Portstewart, and his wife, a farmer's daughter is co-owner of a farm in Co Tyrone.
Alan himself spent several years working for the National Farmers' Union and Mutual.
Following his appointment he said:
"I'm delighted and excited to be returning to work within the agricultural sector and look forward to working with the team at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society."
He now begins a period of gradual transfer of responsibilities from current chief executive Colin McDonald, and it is expected that Alan will take up his new role to coincide with the 150th Balmoral Show in May.