The SocietyPresidents & Chairmen

In 1991 a change to the Constitution saw the creation of the office of Chairman to replace the President at business meetings. The post of President thus became one of an ‘honorary’ position.

There was a major change to the Devon Birds Constitution in 1973 when a Council was established for administration purposes. Prior to this, all business was conducted at General Meetings of the Society. These meetings were chaired by the President of the day. The first Council meeting was held on 22 September 1973 and the President continued to take the chair until 1991. This was the year a further change to the Constitution saw the creation of the office of Chairman to replace the President at business meetings. The post of President thus became one of an ‘honorary’ position.

Past and Present Presidents

 

Past and Present Chairmen

1929–1945 Dr Ernest Ward   1991 – 1993 Roger Swinfen
1946–1953 S D Gibbard   1994 – 1995 Cedric Marsh
1954–1963 H G Hurrell MBE   1996 – 1998 Peter Goodfellow
1964–1968 E H Ware   1999 – 2001 Eileen Marsh
1969–1970 Tony Soper   2002 – 2003 Gordon Vaughan
1971–1972 Ivor Hamilton   2004 – 2006 Jon Avon
1973–1980 S G Madge MBE   2006 – 2009 Roger Doble
1981–1986 Humphrey Sitters   2009 – 2012 Michael Tyler
1987–1990 Peter Ellicott   2012 – 2016 George Harris
1991–1994 Robin Khan MBE   2016 – 2017 Kevin Cox
1995–2003 Dr Janet Kear OBE   2017 – Jerry Tallowin
2004 No President elected      
2005–2015 John Waldon