A stalwart of the Royal Launceston Show for many years has been its CEO, Brian Bennett. Brian resigned as CEO after 27 years at about the same time as the Show’s Board decided to cancel this year’s Show.

Brian had the distinction of being the longest serving CEO of any Australian royal show, and it all began in 1966 when he exhibited his Black Rosacomb bantams at the Wynyard Agricultural Show. Brian continues to show poultry to this day.

Brian has served for 25 years as Secretary and 38 years as Treasurer of the Poultry Club of Tasmania, 15 years as President of the Wyandotte Club of Tasmania, 11 years as President of the Wyandotte Club of Australia, past President and Secretary of the Tasmanian Poultry Fanciers Association (State body) and past Secretary of our national exhibition poultry body. He is currently the Tasmanian representative on Exhibition Stud Poultry Australia (National body) and the Australian Poultry Breeds Standards Committee. Brian is also a Life member of the Poultry Club of Tasmania and Wyandotte Club of Tasmania as well as a member of the Tasmanian Poultry Fanciers Association Hall of Fame and a past President and Life member of the Longford Show Society.

Brian became CEO of the National Agricultural & Pastoral Society of Tasmania in 1997 – the body which hosts the Launceston Show. He has also held other important offices in the Australian show movement.  These include the former Australian Council of Agricultural Shows from 1997 until its closure, a delegate to the Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania (ASCoT) since 1997 and I am currently Secretary/Treasurer of ASCoT. He has previously represented ASCoT as a Delegate to the Federal Council of Agricultural Societies prior to its closure. He also served a the Tasmanian Regional Show delegate for Agricultural Shows Australia.

Brian has also been a long-time friend and mentor for the Royal Hobart Show, and RAST now sees a role for Brian acting as an ambassador for the Royal Hobart Show across northern Tasmania, to encourage farmers to enter the various competitive sections of the Hobart Show. We shall keep readers informed as events unfold in the weeks ahead.