Mr Swift will continue to provide support, as well as continuing his work in the international field and on lead ammunition.

At a reception at The Naval and Military Club in St James’s Square, London on 6 June, BASC president Lord Home paid tribute to Mr Swift’s long service to the organisation and tireless work in the service of shooting in the UK.

New chief executive Richard Ali joined the BASC team in February to allow for a handover period.

He officially took over from Mr Swift in March.

In a statement earlier this year, BASC chairman Martyn Howat said: “John Swift has made a unique and outstanding contribution to shooting during his 40-year career at BASC. Under his leadership the organisation has become the UK’s largest shooting organisation and a representative body for shooting sports.”

He added: “We are delighted that our search to fill the biggest job in shooting has been successful. Richard Ali is an outstanding individual who brings a huge amount of experience of business and politics to the role of chief executive.”

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John Swift retires as chief executive of BASC