BASC has revealed the identity of its new chief executive, announcing that Richard Ali, former chief executive of the English Beef and Lamb Executive, will take over from John Swift early next year.

Chairman Martyn Howat said that Mr Ali?s experience of airgun, shotgun and rifle shooting, coupled with management experience from a career centred on food, farming and the countryside ? covering UK, European and international issues ? made him the outstanding candidate.

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

Mr Ali, who grew up on a farm in the West Pennine Moors, said: ?Sporting shooting is an important part of life and the countryside, and BASC is central to the future well-being of the sport. I am committed to promoting and protecting sporting shooting.

?Police officers dealing with wildlife crime are having to wrestle with legal arrangements that are almost Pythonesque in their absurdity,? she said.

The rest of this article appears in the 31st October issue of Shooting Times.

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