Taking over from Mark Nicolson, Mr Thick will head the association’s 14-strong board. He has Deer Stalking Certificates 1 and 2, plus BDS Deer Management Course qualifications. He is also a member of two deer management syndicates. He stood on the board for four years before becoming chairman – and in past lives was a liver transplant surgeon and a professor of genomics.
“I am passionate about deer, their ecology and the science of their welfare,” said Mr Thick. “It is a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of Mark Nicolson who has been an exceptional chairman, and I am committed to ensuring that the BDS moves forward in a way which harmonises the needs of our membership, the welfare of deer, and particularly the public interest.”