Meet our Vice President
After reading English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, Kate studied Fine Art to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Gaining over seven years experience on the rostrum as auctioneer and valuer at Brightwells Fine Art Saleroom in Herefordshire, Kate went on to found her own valuation business and became a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, specialising in silver and jewellery.
As a regular antiques expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It! for over ten years, Kate has also appeared as presenter on both BBC’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and The Antiques Road Trip and ITV’s Secret Dealers. Her most recent programmes include the new quiz show for BBC1, For What It’s Worth with Fern Britton. Kate’s projects are diverse ranging from presenting short corporate marketing films to public speaking, hosting charity auctions and lecturing. Kate is also a consultant for Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire and patron of two charities founded in Herefordshire, St Michael’s Hospice and the Little Princess Trust.
Kate lives with her family in Herefordshire with four chickens and a black labrador.
Meet our Chairman
Having served an apprenticeship with G Herbert Banks in Kidderminster as a trainee agricultural auctioneer and valuer he joined Russell Baldwin and Bright in 1962 concentrating on cattle market work in general and Hereford Cattle in particular but qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1964. As Chairman of Russell Baldwin and Markets he saw the formation of Brightwells which took the company into property sales and to offer the range of services for which they are renowned for today. On retirement he was asked, in 2007, to be Chairman of the Country Fair which he readily accepted. Knowing most of the committee helped to ease him into the job, but he has nothing but praise for the hours of unpaid work put in by men and women who usually have day jobs but find and make time to ensure the event is successful. He is not able to boast television appearances as Kate Bliss, but does have a role in an edition of Mud Sweat and Tractors: Beef, which some of you may have seen, it having been repeated a number of times.
As a Herefordian he was bound to be well versed in country matters and has been a follower of country sports, although it was not until retirement that he took up fishing. He now has a young black Labrador bitch Grace, which is being trained for the shooting season having worked lightly last year. He’s not sure whether she will be entering any of the dog classes on 6th August.
His position on the Fair Committee was not entirely unfamiliar as his wife Jill was the first paid secretary under Ian Peill and Charles Hunter nigh on 30 years ago and needless to say, his help was enlisted on setting up and the day of the Fair.