Suffolk Agricultural Association’s first woman chief executive in its 184-year history has left after less than six months in the job.
Nicola Bateman, from Tostock, joined the organisers of the Suffolk Show in January saying: “Having worked extensively abroad for the past decade, this role allows me to give something back locally for a change and, with a young family at home, it seems the dream job and a perfect fit.”
But on Monday, the association revealed she had left.
Mrs Bateman said: “I have enjoyed my time at the SAA enormously, especially working on the most successful Suffolk Show in recent years.
“However, with the support and understanding of the SAA Trustees, I have decided to return to the mainstream events industry, which is where I have worked for many years. I wish the fantastic team of staff and stewards the very best”
Robert Rous, SAA Chairman, is now interim chief executive and will ‘undertake a review of the leadership needs of the association’.
Mr Rous said: “We have very much enjoyed working with Nicola and I would like to thank her for her contribution to the SAA.”