Northumberland County Show has announced Judy Willis as its new show secretary and event organiser.
Mrs Willis replaces Gaynor Scandle, who announced she was stepping down after nine years in the role, in July this year.
The Hexham-based former police worker has taken up the post managing the show which now attracts more than 25,000 people.
Mrs Willis started her career with the police force as a civilian clerk typist after leaving Haydon Bridge High School.
With an interest in sport, particularly judo, she became the first female civilian on the National Public Order Tactical Training Course - using her skills to train police officers including the dog and mounted sections in riot control.
A trained self defence and first aid instructor, Mrs Willis was responsible for the planning and implementation of large scale training events
With a BA Hons degree in Further Education and Training Mrs Willis’s next career move was commissioner of Learning Development Solutions; finding cost effective solutions to training
requirements with particular emphasis on public order and communications.
After budget cuts within the police force she took voluntary redundancy to spend more time at home with her two youngest children.
A return to work as the venue communications centre deputy manager for the 2012 Olympics saw Mrs Willis involved in the preparation of St James Park for Olympic events.
Her role included coordination of road infrastructure, security, communications and volunteers.
In her new role as event organiser for the County Show Mrs Willis said: “I can use my skills in event management and training to help the show grow and prosper and build on the success of this fantastic event.
“I want to encourage more people to come and see what we have to offer in terms of a great family day out while maintaining the shows strong agricultural heritage. The County Show is a wonderful showcase for our fabulous countryside and the people who are the custodians of it.
“The dedication of the committee of volunteers who put the show together is outstanding and I hope to inspire more people to come forward and be part of the team.”
Chris Chomse, show chairman, added: “Judy’s infectious enthusiasm and great personality, together with her track record of success and skills, will make her a valuable asset to the County Show and we are all looking forward to working with her.”
Next years Northumberland County Show is on May 25 at Bywell, near Stocksfield.