The National Council for Aviculture's (NCA) new president says he is looking forward to working with the association's four key affiliates during his year-long reign of office.
Yorkshire canary fancier Barry Mills is to be awarded the presidential chain of office at the association's AGM on March 31. He said: "The NCA has come a long way over the years, and has been greatly improved in the past five years with two significant developments.
"First the NCA developed a better structure, and brought in four major elements – the British Bird Council, Budgerigar Society, Canary Council and Foreign Bird Federation."
He added: "I was there at the beginning of the formation of COM-UK, which was the second big step forward for the NCA. It was also great news that the International Ornithological Association (IOA) and NCA amalgamated nicely in that body. I've got many plans for the NCA – but I will wait to see the thoughts of the committee members."
Mr Mills had previously served at the NCA as a Canary Council delegate for nearly eight years, and is currently chairman, show secretary and show manager of the Yorkshire Canary Club.
After a two-year gap from birdkeeping he is keen to get back into the hobby. He said: "My break was planned and I have made good use of it. I'd been doing a lot of committee work for the NCA, so I thought it would be nice to give other people a chance at these roles. And I'm looking forward to having my own stud of Yorkies again soon."
Mr Mills will replace fellow Yorkshire canary fancier Denis Glasby. He said: "Denis is well respected – a grand statesman of the fancy, especially in the Yorkshire canary circles."
The NCA AGM will be held at 10.30am on March 31st at the Charnwood Arms, Coalville, Leics LE67 1TB.