The Ouessant Sheep Society of Great Britain was formed in February 2005 by a group of enthusiastic breeders and owners of the Ouessant sheep. The founding members came from all over the UK; as far as the North of Aberdeenshire, Isle of Man and Southern and South West England, with approximately twenty others to exchange ideas and views to form the society.  The Society now has over 200 members.  The Society maintains the UK flock book - the national register of pedigree Ouessants - and represents the interests of Ouessant sheep and their owners at home and abroad.  We are affiliated with the French and Dutch Ouessant societies and maintain contact with the societies in Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.  We liaise with other UK breed societies over sheep welfare and represent the views of our members to Defra.  We are establishing a regional structure, to promote the breed at shows and exhibitions and to provide advice and support to our members across the country.

The Committee

Antonia Clements

Chair

Antonia lives in Wiltshire and was elected Society Chair in 2017  

Adrian Lloyd

Registrar

A member since 2011, Adrian breeds Ouessants in Cumbria and joined the committee in 2019.  He became registar in 2020.  

Christine Bamford

Secretary

Chris has kept Ouessants in Devon since 2015.  She joined the committee July 2020 and was elected Secretary at the 2020 AGM.

John Kelly

Treasurer

John is co-owner of the Cairnhill flock in Scotland.  He has been a member since 2014 and was elected Treasurer in 2020.

Sandra Bell

Regional Member for the Southwest

Sandra has kept Ouessants in West Cornwall since 2015 and was elected to the Committee in 2020.

Val Grainger

Independent Member 

Val bought her first Ouessants in 2006 and has recently rebuilt her flock in Cornwall.  She rejoined the committee in 2020.

Jo March

Regional Member for Central and Southern England

Jo keeps and shows Ouessants on the Isle of Wight.  She joined the Society in 2016 and was elected to the Committee in 2020.

Claire Occardi

Regional Member for the North of England

A member since 2017, Claire keeps Ouessants in North Yorkshire and joined the committee in 2020

Michelle Mcillmurray

Newsletter Editor 

Michelle keeps Ouessants in west Devon and joined the committee in 2020

Nicola O'Brien

Communications Officer

Nicola has been a member since 2019 and keeps Ouessants in Powys, mid-Wales.  She was elected to the new role of Communications Officer in 2020.

The Regions

Society Representatives Across the Country

Details of the Society's new regional structure will be published here when finalized.

To learn where to see Ouessant sheep, at shows, fairs and events click here