confirmed as KC Chairman
Irving - chairman after eight years on the General Committee
- General Committee chairman for almost six years
- vice chairman, working trials background
General Committee elects the front runner to the chair
its first meeting since the 129th Annual General Meeting of
members last month the Kennel Clubs General Committee
has elected Ronnie Irving, its Vice Chairman of one year, to
become chairman of the club. His number two will be Mr Bill
Mr Irving is a third generation Border Terrier man whose grandfather
Wattie Irving - a railwayman from Newcastleton in the borders
- first showed the breed in 1923. His family and that of Kate,
his wife, have between them bred over 50 champions over the
Last year he became the head of the newly formed company Kennel
Club Services Ltd. which looks after the business interests
of the club.
Before his election to the post of vice chairman he judged the
Terrier group and best in show at championship show level and
gave CCs in over 21 breed across four groups. He first awarded
CCs in his own breed at the age of 22 in 1967. He was also chairman
of the Border Terrier Club for 12 years, chief steward of the
Border Union AS championship show for 12 years and is now its
He has been a member the KC Finance & General Purposes Committee
for six years and also chairs the KCs Judges Working
Party - the ad hoc committee set up three years to review the
problem of judges education and selection. He is also
a trustee of the KC Charitable Trust and was recently elected
a trustee of the Kennel Club after Mike Stockman retired because
of the age rule.
Elected to the General Committee in 1994, Mr Irving was made
vice chairman last year in an unusual re-shuffle which saw the
then encumbant Mr Peter Mann step sideways to the Crufts Committee
and who was then elected its chairman.
At the time its was said that because he and Peter James were
of a similar age and that it was prudent to reorganise to ensure
proper succession and continuity. Last week Mr James also stepped
down as a trustee of the club and also announced that he would
not be seeking re-election to the chair.
Now within the space of twelve months the Kennel Club has had
a new Chief Executive, new chairman, new Crufts chairman, new
vice chairman and now three new trustees.
In a statement issued last Tuesday the KC said:-
As Peter James had previously indicated his
intention not to stand for re-election to the position of Chairman
of the Kennel Club, at its meeting on 11 June 2002 the General
Committee elected Mr Ronnie Irving as Chairman and Mr Bill Hardaway
as Vice Chairman.
The Committee also formally recorded its thanks to Peter
James for the sterling service he had given the Kennel Club
over many years and as Chairman for the last five and a half
years. The Committee intends to thank Peter James more formally
at a later date but in the meantime asks for its sincere appreciation
to be recorded. .
Mr Bill Hardaway, the new vice chairman has a strong background
in working trials and obedience and served on the KC Working
Trials, Obedience and Agility Sub Committee for over 12 years
and was also its chairman.
He has been a member of the KC Finance & General Purposes
Committee since 1995 and he is also on the Crufts Show Committee.
He has judged all Working Trials Stakes (except PD) and at the
KC Working Trials Championships Tracking Dog Stakes.
He was the Crufts Obedience Steward from 1991 to 1998 and for
many years has had special responsibility for the KC Good Citizen
Dog Scheme. He joined the Kennel Club in 1986.