About us - the Council

The Objects and Powers of the Council are:-

  • "To promote and encourage interest in wool and in the art and skill of blade (hand) and machine shearing and wool handling."
  • To promote and encourage contests, competitions, championships and displays.



Ian Laurie Keats MNZM

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Winning a shearing competition in 1948 was the start of a life long interest in shearing competitions for Laurie. In the 1950's he played a part in the formation of the Golden Shears, and in 1977 became President.

In 1980, he was elected Chairman of the World Council of Golden Shears, and spent the next decade shearing and promoting the World Council around the world.

At present, he is a Life Member and Patron of Golden Shears, and Patron of the World Council of Golden Shears.

Laurie was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to shearing in 2009.


Greg Herrick

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Greg has a long association with the shearing and farming industry of New Zealand.

He started shearing at age 16 years in the small Carterton district of New Zealand. Two years later Greg shore for a large contract run which serviced the Wairarapa province of New Zealand.

In 1980 he formed his own shearing contract business which he still operates today along with two small sheep farming operations.

Greg joined the Golden Shears Committee, Masterton in 1989 after retiring from a successful competition career which saw him in many provincial finals and the open final at Golden Shears Masterton in 1983. Greg was elected a Life Member of Golden Shears 2009.

He was elected Golden Shears President in 2000 and led the Golden Shears team for five years. In 2005 became Vice-Chairman of World Council and at the 2012 World Championships in Masterton was elected Chairman of World Council. He has attended the World Champions in Toowoomba, Norway, Wales and most recently in Masterton.


Alan Derryman

Alan farms in Sidbury, Devon running 900 Romney ewes and 70 beef cattle. Alan first got involved with shearing in 1976 working for a local shearing contractor in Devon, England and went on to compete for the first time at the Royal Bath & West Show in 1978. He represented England in 1986 in Perth, Australia and competed in 6 World Championships for the England team with his best result in Masterton, New Zealand in 1988. Alan has been a senior shearing instructor since 1989 and has been a judge for over 20 years. He has been on the shearing committees of Devon and the Royal Bath & West Show for 25 years. Alan has been a key member of the England Shearing Committee since its formation including the role of chairman. In addition, he has also acted as Chief Referee at the World Championships in Norway as well as Chief Wool Handling Steward at Gorey. Alan has been involved with World Council since 1996 as an England Representative. 

Alan is proud to be taking on the role of Secretary of the Golden Shears World Council and hopes he can live up to the high standards set by predecessors.

Vice President

George Graham

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George, a third generation shearer, first began shearing with his father aged just 8 years. Over the years he has achieved success in many areas, including two All Ireland Wool Handling Titles and a record, set in 1997 for shearing 483 ewes in 9 hours which still stands. He now travels the globe shearing and also finds time for commentating and judging at competitions, as well as running advanced courses for young shearers. He will compete as part of the Irish Wool Handling Team at Golden Shears 2014.

World teams on stage

The final curtain - World teams on stage