The show team comprises of the Steering Committee, five Sub-Committees (Finance, Marketing, Bookings, Facilities and Competitions), numerous Section Secretaries, plus a number of Honorary positions. The Executive Council (or Steering Committee) comprises of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Head, Marketing Head, Bookings Head, Facilities Head and Competitions Head.
KEY | Fa = Facilities, Fi = Finance, B = Bookings, M = Marketing, C = Competitions
Executive Council Members
Joseph Kelly (M)
Sylvia Ford (C)
James Wrigglesworth (Fi)
Head of Facilities
Stuart Naisbett (Fa)
Head of Bookings
Head of Finance
Jean Sengelow (Fi)
Head of Marketing
Joseph Kelly (M)
Head of Competitions
Sarah Jones (C)
Health & Safety Advisor
Brian Hughes (Fa)
Martin Ibberson (2022)
Honorary Veterinary Officer
Honorary Medical Services
First + Medical Solutions
Classes & Competition Secretaries
Flower & Vegetable Section
Domestic & Children Section
Children’s Games & Races
Becoming a Member
Mirfield Show would not have grown over the years without its team of volunteer committee members – and over the last seventy years there have been many new members join and it these people that bring the fresh ideas into the show. So we are always looking for new blood with new ideas and younger people with loads of energy to drive the show forward for many more years to come. We can assure you that we are not a boring and stuffy committee – we are a team that brings people together from different backgrounds and with different interests. It is a great place to meet a wide variety of new people and be part of a key event in the Mirfield calendar.
Nobody is ever thrown in at the deep end (unless they wish), and there are roles to fit most people’s abilities and interests. There are roles for everyone, from event organisers to publicity generators, well-organised administrators, to stewarding many of the exhibits, to actual physical manpower – and much more. Mirfield and district has a great community spirit, full of enterprising people who have fresh ideas and loads of energy – and it is essential that this continues to keep the show growing for the next seventy years.
There are only six full committee meetings each year – plus a small number of sub-committee meetings which varies depending on which you would like to join.
If you are interested in joining the team and being part of Mirfield Show, just get in contact with the Mirfield Show Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact Us Page who will invite you to the next appropriate meeting.
Why I Joined the Team
I joined the Mirfield show team in 2012 because I wanted to get involved with a fantastic community event. I am so glad I did as I really enjoy being part of such an amazing team
I wanted to get involved with something new as my dad had just died and my mum was increasingly affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. I’ve always loved agricultural shows (my dad used to take us when we were kids) so I went along to the 2015 AGM to volunteer as a show day helper and found myself on the committee. I dragged my husband along to that first meeting to keep me company and he ended up signing up as well! We’re both on the Facilities Sub Committee and I love our little team. I job share with Maggie Hirstle looking after show day volunteers and this has been a fantastic introduction – when one of us is busy or distracted by life, the other simply does a bit more to fill the gap.
I have only been involved since 2009 and joined to run the Rabbit show as my predecessor Donald Becket passed away. I took over the Huddersfield & District Fanciers Society which Donald ran and was asked to run the rabbits, which I gladly did with the help of the Huddersfield Rabbit club. The Rabbit Club under my leadership still run the Rabbits but about 4 years ago Karen asked me if I would like to be fully responsible for the whole of the small livestock which I gladly accepted. For me personally I love the atmosphere and the rewards of putting on a successful show for the Mirfield people. The buzz on the day is difficult to describe but all I can say is everyone enjoys themselves and that what I find VERY REWARDING. I enjoy being part of “The Team Mirfield” it’s like having a massive extended family and believe me if you need anything there is someone in the “family” who will either be able to help of know someone who can. All you need to do is ask.
I joined because I wondered who did all that work to put on a show like that, and what would happen if they had to stop? I wanted to get involved to make sure that such a good event in our Town continued.
I first joined the committee in December 2013, one of the main reasons I joined was to do with my Duke of Edinburgh Award I was completing at the time. However, I then got to know the committee and how much of a close knit but welcoming almost family like group it is. I enjoy being part of a team which is purely focused on the community and putting on a great show every year. Being part of the marketing team I have met many supporters but had the opportunity to mix with other subcommittees; that is something I love, the fact you are constantly working with each other to support each other within the committee. Of course things can get hectic from time to time but I wouldn’t change it, that’s why we do it!