The organisation behind the Devon County Show has a new person at the helm.

Chris Skelton will join as association secretary/chief executive at the end of the month.

The outgoing chief executive Richard Maunder retires from the role after 10 years in post.

The association has thanked him for his "diligent and professional service" throughout his tenure and say that the organisation is in "good health despite Covid and well set for prosperous years ahead".

Mary Quicke MBE DL, chairman of the council said: "We were fortunate to have an excellent field of candidates, but Chris’s commercial and business experience, as well as his Devon farming connections, made him the standout candidate."

Chris has spent the last 13 years working in the manufacturing sector, where his commercial and operational success has seen him quickly promoted through the ranks.

He is proud of his farming family connections in south Devon and says that he has fond memories of working on his father’s machinery dealership stand at the County Show.

He said: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity and look forward to using my experience and skills to support the association to grow and invest to meet its charitable objectives through holding successful county shows and maximising the facilities year round at Westpoint."