Graham Cox - Former Publisher

Graham Cox died on 27 September 2017, after succumbing to the final stages of Motor Neurone Disease. He was inspirational to the founding and mission of Pernice Press, and his legacy will live on through his published works and help guide us into the future.

After a First in Economics, followed by research at Cambridge, Graham worked at the University of Bath, retiring as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Social and Policy Sciences in 2013. During that time he published extensively on countryside and environmental policy.

From 1978 he contributed numerous articles to a range of sporting and countryside magazines. From 1989, when its first issue appeared, he contributed feature articles to over 300 issues of the Shooting Gazette.

His six trial winning Golden Retrievers included the FTChs Littlemarston Comma of Wydcombe and Holway Martina of Wydcombe, who gained their titles in 1990 and 2011. An A Panel Judge since 1988, he judged extensively at home and abroad and in 2012 judged the IGL Retriever Championship.

Over many years he served in leadership positions for many countryside and gundog organisations: he was a member and Vice-Chairman of the Kennel Club’s Field Trial Sub-Committee; a Vice-President of the Golden Retriever Club; a member of the IGL committee; Chairman and President of the Border Counties and Cotswold area of URC; and the former Chairman and President of the Bristol and West Working Gundog Society. He held a number of positions in the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and led the commentary team at the CLA Game Fair from 1984 until 1998, after which he became Gundog Advisor before retiring in 2009.

Having begun with 'the dismal science', he wrestled subsequently with the scarcely less dismal social sciences and in his later years relished the opportunity to devote all his energy to lifelong passions for the arts and sport.