Kate Bliss

Meet our 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.


John Baly

Meet our Chairman

John Baly was born and raised in Herefordshire.  He joined the Fair committee in 2006, and was entrusted with the co-ordination of the Main Ring.  John has had the privilege of working with some fascinating Acts, that have captivated the imagination of the visitors, while educating and informing them to all aspects of Herefordshire Country life.

John studied Land Management, and in the early 1990’s ran a major Forest Tree Nursery Company for 20 years suppling Native Trees nationwide and co-ordinating major tree planting schemes.  From 2010 John has run a  diverse Agricultural and Forestry portfolio with a strong emphasis on the Biomass and Wood Fuel industry, along with Christmas tree production.