Former head of Field Army takes up rural posting

FORMER head of the UK Field Army, Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner, has been appointed executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance and director of the Countryside Alliance Foundation, taking on overall responsibility for the organisation.

Based in the Alliance’s London headquarters, he will take up his new post on February 9. Kate Hoey MP will remain chairman of the board of the Countryside Alliance.

A writer and countryman with first-hand knowledge of farming and wide countryside interests, he is a regular contributor to country magazines and a former president of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles.

Knighted in 2011, he commanded British forces in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq and then took over as the Army Commander in 2009. He left the Army in December 2011.

Readers' comments (2)

  • What a great stroke of luck that a man of this class became free to be on our side.

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  • I agree with Gerald, don't underestimate how difficult the repeal of the hunting act is going to be. We all collectively must probe the opposition and find its weakness, what gets the public on board and the CA must lead the way.

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