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Meat Businesswoman Award – Independent Retailing

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Karen Stewart

Craft Butcher / Shop Manager
Bridget B’s Butchery

According to proposers, Karen has done it all: from starting as a nanny, to working in an office, to then transitioning into the butchery world, Karen has excelled at value added products and learned from last year’s category winner Bridget Borlase, as well as Irish international award-winning butcher Keith Walsh. She now runs one of Bridget B’s stores and is known for incredible customer service and dedication. She helps customers with all aspects including cooking and organising home delivery. Described as a joy to work with, Karen is regarded a natural, who puts so much effort and love into her work.

Anna Howes

Anna Howes

Butchers apprentice
Vale and Hills Family Butchers

Anna has been nominated as a fantastic apprentice. Her butchery skills are described as brilliant, which she has achieved after such a short time in the industry. Her trainer believes she will have a long and great career in the field. Anna attended a leading butchery residential course, where she was reported as being a fabulous spirit, keeping the vibes up and ensuring all the apprentices were working effectively together. She brings the same attitude to her work, which contributes to making the butchery at the Vale and Hills a great butchery business.

Michelle Holsey

Michelle Holsey

 Butcher / Co-proprietor
Butcher’s Block Bromsgrove

Michelle has worked in the industry for around 25 years. She is described as a super hard working person and as being fantastic with customers and at what she does. Nothing is too much trouble and she caters for everybody’s needs. In one of several nominations received, a proposer commented: “Michelle creates a warm and friendly environment in her lovely shop as well as making sure her customers are always looked after with the best quality meat.”

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Kirstie Stein

Owner
David Stein Butcher’s

As a very young teenager, Kirstie started work on a Saturday in the shop. She then took over from her father to work full-time, doing so for 35 years. Her proposer said: “She is such a joy and so good at promoting local meat and getting people back into the butchers, providing amazing tips on meals to make cooking easier and tasty. She does so much for the community by helping out local committees and her shop is also very much a safe place where her regulars can be found popping in for a coffee and a chat.

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Kathryn Meadows

Owner and Manager
Nicholson’s Butchers

Kathryn has taken the helm at the fourth generation butchers which has a long established reputation for quality. She is described as extremely well qualified and experienced, and has made a tangible impact in a relatively short time. She is an advocate for ‘farm to plate’ transparency, also delivering and expanding on sustainability in the supply chain to support other local business. As a result, Nicholson’s has expanded its offering and is recognised as a shining example of a small independent retailer at the heart of the community.

Megan Land

Megan Land

Butcher
Denstone Hall Farm Shop

Megan comes from a farming family where women play an important part in the day-to-day work. She has used this work ethic to progress in butchery and is passionate about her work. Megan has worked for Denstone Hall farm shop for around three years. She started as a counter assistant where she made a huge impression on her colleagues. After a few months she was placed on a Level 2 apprenticeship, which she completed in under 18 months and passed with excellence. One proposer said: “Megan absolutely smashed it through the pandemic and showed us how to pull together in hard times and to meet the needs of customers through Covid – really supporting those who felt vulnerable.”

Lisa Wall

Lisa Wall

Kitchen Production Manager
Alderson Butchers

Lisa started with the business in 2002 at 18 years old as a pot washer. Since then, she has developed the team from two part-timers to a team of six, and expanded into the next door premises to accommodate the growing business needs. Lisa has been responsible for a huge business growth in the cooked ready meals and pies department, recently winning two British pie awards earlier in 2022. Lisa has also worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic and even delivered a Christmas dinner to an elderly regular on Christmas Day.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Multiple Retailing

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Ellie Wotherspoon

Agricultural Manager – Pigs
Tesco

Ellie’s drive for her role and her focus on supplier engagement has remained constant despite the exceptionally challenging times experienced by the industry. She adopts a data and research led approach to decision making and brings a practical skillset to promoting collaborative responses to key issues, including animal welfare and sustainable farming practices. Ellie is always seeking to expand her knowledge base and, coupled with a ‘can do’ attitude, has proven herself a real asset to the industry.

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Suzanne Coombes

Senior Manager – Quality and Technical
Asda

Suzanne’s proposer said: “We at Asda are so proud of Suzanne who leads the meat team with drive and determination. Ensuring the supply of safe, wholesome and high-quality meat to our 18 million weekly customers, she works tirelessly with her team in a challenging but friendly manner. Suzanne’s attention to detail is enviable and during the last 12 months she has driven major changes in our business and has never failed to deliver. For us Suzanne really is one in a million.”

Olivia Morris

Olivia Morris

Category Controller – Commercial
ABP UK

ABP say that Olivia is fantastic at what she does. Her passion and knowledge for the sector and trends within it are insightful. She’s a natural presenter and tailors her presentations based on the audience’s understanding. She is a supportive colleague who invests time and energy in helping others; if she doesn’t know, she’ll find out. Her patience and encouragement are second to none and make her a great teammate. She is a positive energy within the team, and everyone thoroughly enjoys working with her.

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Gaynor Stokes

Category Technical Manager
Waitrose & Partners

Gaynor has worked at Waitrose for 18 years and currently is the Category Technical Manager for Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dairy and Eggs. With her long career across multiple categories, she has established strong relationships with suppliers built on trust plus a pragmatic approach, whilst maintaining an expectation of the highest standards aligned to Waitrose values. Always approachable and available, she has been a stable presence during the Waitrose technical restructure, supporting suppliers and colleagues throughout.

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Tricia Sykes

Senior Manager – Head of Technical
Asda (International Procurement and Logistics)

Tricia is the shining light of Asda, responsible for food safety and technical for cooked meat, bacon and gammon. Her laser-like focus on quality has been instrumental in maintaining the high quality Asda customers have become accustomed to. She takes a great interest in the development of her team and leads the female mentoring circles, and is always approachable. Tricia ensures the customer is at the forefront of everything she does, a born leader and the perfect example of how to excel.

Sophie Throup

Sophie Throup

Head of Corporate Services – Agriculture
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Sophie is leading the Morrisons Net Zero Agriculture programme, which is a multifaceted industry leading approach to improving the sustainability of its supply chain. Over the last 12 months this has included the launch of the first school of sustainable farming in the UK in what is described as “a world first partnership” between Morrisons, Harper Adams, McDonalds and the NFU. She has also launched ‘tree advisors’ to help farmers plant trees in the right place, and a support scheme to help farmers achieve net zero by 2030.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Poultry

Katia Feliz

Katia Feliz

Area Manager
Pilgrim’s, Moy Park

Katia’s nomination revealed that she has invested a great deal of her time into guiding the new placement students in the right direction. She goes above and beyond to make sure that students are being treated equally and fairly, and are getting the most out of their year with the company. She pushes them to achieve their potential – even if it means taking time out of her day to do so.

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Jenna Rymer

Category Technologist – Poultry
Asda

Jenna has championed the poultry category at Asda through what has been an unprecedented 12 months for both the industry and the retailer, leading the Asda own label reset across primal poultry and also benchmarking products to understand where the business should make the right quality investments. Jenna then went straight out of that project to manage the issues that trading for Christmas can bring, with the added complexities this year of the worst avian influenza season in history, and the ramifications of post-Brexit trade.

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Laura Fibiga

Factory Manager
Capestone Organic Poultry Limited

Leaving school in Latvia aged 19, Laura moved to the UK in 2016 and began work as a Factory Operative. Commitment led her to becoming one of the Company’s youngest ever supervisors in 2019, where she led a multi-lingual team and mastered all the operational activities, leading on to her further promotion in 2021 as Assistant Factory Manager. Following a company takeover that same year she earned the respect of the new owners who subsequently promoted her to Factory Manager in 2022, and all forecasts are that her journey is not over yet!

Aoife-O'Donnell

Aoife O’Donnell

Buyer
Sysco Ireland

Aoife has shown great patience and innovation in her role as buyer of fresh poultry. She works closely with all suppliers to meet the challenges across the supply chain head on. Engaging with the sales team, she provides up-to-date market insights and solutions for both the sales teams and their customers. Known for her leadership through long hours she offers innovative ideas to help overcome supply chain challenges and to cope with inflation that has affected the poultry sector.

Nicola Herron

Nicola Herron

Category Technical Manager – Poultry
Asda

Nicola joined Asda earlier in the year and already is one to watch – making a difference to her category. The ultimate team player, always willing to get stuck in and support. Nicola really had to hit the ground running given all that the business wanted to achieve this year and her narrative confirms she has absolutely done that. Taking everything in her stride, she has already faced a range of challenges given the times we are operating in. Nicola always puts the customer 1st and challenges everyone to drive the company forward.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Foodservice

Churri Barton

Churri Barton

Farmer / Producer / Marketing
Duntisbourne Beef

This enthusiastic nomination follows Churri’s “brilliant lockdown farming posts.” Also for producing superb beef alongside her husband David Barton, which is marketed and sold from the farm gate at affordable prices for all to enjoy. Her unwavering kindness, enthusiasm, positivity and support within the Gloucestershire community is much valued, be it farming or in her role with the NHS.

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Joanne Cunningham

Category Manager Fresh Meat
Sysco Ireland

Joanne constantly engages with suppliers and the Sysco sales team to ensure that Sysco Ireland has the highest quality product. She is very passionate about supporting Irish produce and constantly tries to help niche or artisan suppliers establish their business. This passion can also be seen in her drive to offer sustainable products within her category. Joanne also acts as a mentor to colleagues and she is very approachable, while also helping everyone develop and grow. A real team player.

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Helen Davies

Managing Director
Woburn Country Foods Ltd

Awesome customer service is the message from one of Helen’s proposers. Helen worked tirelessly through the pandemic, altering all work practices over the first weekend of lockdown, so when her team returned on the Monday everyone had a safe working environment. She altered the whole set up of the business to move from food service to internet and retail sales to keep the business afloat while restaurants were closed. This enabled the company to retain all staff and all suppliers, so the business was ready for the reopening of its core catering trade. Her hard work not only allowed the business to survive the pandemic but to thrive.

Tracy Charlton

Tracy Charlton

Site Director, Ruskington
Pilgrim’s UK

Tracy is driven to develop her knowledge of all aspects of the business. She is a committed hard working individual that never gives up. Tracy embodies the Pilgrim’s values and the company says she excels in ownership and determination, but at the same time has great discipline in everything she turns her hand to. She is never slow to give something new a go, and is not afraid of the unknown. She is described as a role model for those that report to her and someone who commands respect.

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Michelle Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer
Farmison & Co

Joining Farmison & Co as one of only four employees, she is now Chief Operating Officer with 90 employees. She mentors the team to drive passion for the business at all levels, creating a positive culture and implements improvements by upskilling, using her vast experience. Working seven days a week during the pandemic, she ensured the huge increase in orders for home delivery were fulfilled in lockdown. She implemented a bespoke internal system for traceability and fulfilment and also introduced a compliant Food Safety Management system.

Ella Doherty

Ella Doherty

Co-owner
E&G Butchery and Farm Shop

Ella has set up a locally sourced butchery with her husband. They also have a farm shop and have taken over a herd of fallow deer. She is described by her proposer as someone who works extremely hard, and is an individual who always has a smile on her face.

Tara Ellwood

Tara Ellwood

Shift Manager
Pilgrim’s Pride Kings Lynn

Tara has excelled and delivered on a number of improvement projects. She is willing to go the extra mile both professionally and personally and has achieved a Level 3 Supervisor in her own time. Tara’s energy is considered second to none and her team has developed and thrived in this environment. She is always fully committed to safety and quality, and ensures the actions and plans she has committed to are delivered on time, and in full. Tara will challenge constructively, but is always thinking about ways to improve her shift and her personal performance.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing

Kealy Burbidge

Kealey Burbidge

People and Culture Manager
Hilton Foods & Hilton Seafood

Kealey plays a key role in the culture of Hilton Foods, with a strong focus on strategy and supporting team members. She has worked across a number of complex projects and is respected and highly valued by all her colleagues. The nomination recommended Kealey as someone who is both a role model for others in the industry and as an incredibly talented businesswoman. The narrative commented: “Having worked with her in the past I believe her hard work, dedication and focus should be recognised and celebrated.”

Kathy Burns-Sweeny

Cathy Burns-Sweeney

Planning Manager
Danish Crown UK

With 25 years’ experience in the meat industry, Cathy started as an operator and has since developed a successful career as a planning manager (and an affectionate nickname – ‘The Meat Girl’). Cathy’s roles have involved working across numerous projects, business facets and categories, always upholding high customer standards, building relationships, and mentoring colleagues along the way. Cathy is highly valued as an asset to Danish Crown and the industry, with an unrivalled resilience and passion for her work.

Malgorzata Fudge

Malgorzata Fudge

Livestock buyer
Alec Jarrett Ltd

Alec Jarrett is a family owned business between Bristol and Bath. The main activity is meat processing, supplying a wide range of quality meat products to all sectors of the retailing, catering and manufacturing industry. Malgorzata (Gosia) is nominated as an outstanding buyer who always goes the extra mile to meet the needs of the business and its livestock producers. She is always looking to educate young people and always ready to help her colleagues and associates.

Zoe Bruce

Zoe Bruce

Customer Director – Co-op
Pilgrim’s UK

Zoe is nominated as an excellent leader and as a credit to the Pilgrim’s business. She is very well respected within the Coop at all levels of its business. Not only does she lead the Co-op team, but has also been a key figure in many group wide projects. Zoe is driven to do the best for both Pilgrim’s and the Co-op, and will always find a way to deliver what is required.

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Carrie Hall

Retail Factory Manager
ABP UK

Carrie is passionate about quality and works tirelessly to ensure high quality for the two million packs of beef supplied to Asda every week. Described as a natural leader, colleagues confirm she instils confidence in her team to deliver. Her ‘can do’ attitude is refreshing in this demanding industry, says her proposer, and she is not afraid of hard work. Carrie can often be found on the shop floor where she takes great satisfaction in the development of her team.

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Michelle Low

Senior Technical Manager
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Ensuring the safety, legality, quality and welfare at this abattoir where Michelle works is a challenge with a throughput of 1,875 cattle and 2,500 pigs per week. The passion Michelle puts into the role is described as fantastic. Walking around the site with Michelle, she greets everyone with their name and energy, the small things matter. The day job is delivering export, supply of customers and achieving the highest hygiene, food safety and audits. Rolling out strong covid controls, she has also thrown herself into supporting operations due a senior manager gap.

Amy Witham

Amy Witham

Site Director
Karro Food Group / Sofina Foods

Amy is a leader who has a hands on approach. Proposed as someone who has an amazing knowledge of the manufacturing industry she has over 15 years of experience at a senior level. Amy also has passion and enthusiasm to strive for the best. Her approach to the workplace and her team is described as inspiring. She is always supporting, guiding and coaching colleagues in aiming to deliver the best product and to strive to be industry leaders. Colleagues and team members all have great respect for Amy, known as a ‘one of a kind’ role model within the industry.

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Helen Webb

Technical Manager, Agriculture
Pilgrim’s UK

Helen never fails to support the wider team and share her industry expertise and knowledge. Helen is passionate about the industry and throughout challenging times has never failed to remain resilient and supportive. Helen lives by the business values of Pilgrim’s UK, she is always approachable and available, takes ownership and is sincere. She also has very strong technical knowledge and in particular on raw materials. Given the challenging market of today, her guidance has been and remains highly valuable.

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Elaine Willis

Retail Operations Director
Linden Foods

Elaine is an example of a dynamic, entrepreneurial individual who has demonstrated inspiring leadership combined with a mindset for business growth. Arguably one of the younger female directors of such a large business in Northern Ireland, Elaine’s progression is testament to her commitment for innovation, excellence and a genuine care for a large team of people. Elaine’s business success is evident from the results she produces. Whilst undisputedly commercially focused, Elaine still operates and leads effectively.

Georgiana Madaras

Georgiana Madaras

Technical Manager
Porky Whites Ltd

Georgiana started with the company as a quality assurance assistant with little food manufacturing experience, or UK-based qualifications, but within 3 years has been promoted to technical manager having also gained Food Safety and HACCP qualifications starting at level 2 and recently being awarded level 4. In 12 months she has gone from playing a support role in her first BRCGS audit to carrying out a full audit whilst maintaining the same standard grade. Porky Whites say she is a shining star!

Meat Businesswoman Award – Craft Butchery

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Shania Smith

Market Street Butcher
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Shania, like all her cohort, went through her apprenticeship during the pandemic, and whilst she managed an overall pass, Shania actually got a pass with excellence on her Vocational Confidence discussion, the very element that she was least confident on, as she disliked speaking in this type of situation. A real credit to her. Shania is now working on a presentation for a Webinar for Remit, this is about her apprenticeship where she intends to talk about her desire that butchery becomes a genderless industry.

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Julia Spencer

Director / Co-Owner
Alderson Butchers

Julia has injected an innovative and creative element to a traditional butcher’s shop. She has increased sales by infusing oriental cuisine with more traditional butchers style cuts and is growing the businesses by developing a value added section, whilst at the same time training up two apprentices in this area who are now becoming butchers through the MEAT Ipswich training school. Julia is described as a person who goes above and beyond, sourcing the best ingredients and this success has been reflected in positive customer feedback. Julia manages all this as well as looking after a small toddler, a true example of hard work and effective planning.

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Sarah-Jane Trueman

Co-owner
Johnsons of Thirsk

Sarah-Jane’s narrative confirms she is wonderful to her customers and is always coming up with creative ways to sell her meat products. She looks at meat from the customer’s perspective catering for individuals’ needs as well as families. She always has a range of tasty pre-prepared dishes for those who want the convenience of oven-ready meals that are pure, wholesome and additive-free.

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Harriet Gibbs

Apprentice Butcher
Grooms Farm Shop

Harriet joined Grooms during the pandemic where she was thrown into the deep end to help with the increase in custom. She very quickly became a critical part of the team where she has picked up the butchery part of the job also very quickly. In addition, Harriet has been involved with the farm shop expansion and is reported as being very good at creating a display. Her love, for not only butchery but also cooking, shines through when every week there is another new and exciting product in the window for people to try.

Ewa Lendzion

Ewa Lendzion

Skilled Butcher
Dunbia Highland Meats

Ewa Lendzion and her dedication to butchery is considered an enormous asset to Highland Meats. Ewa was the first female to apply when the Butchery Academy was established, completing the course to become a skilled butcher and achieving an SVQ 2 in Meat Skills. With a full time Butchery career and as a full-time single mum, Ewa has continued to be committed to her learning and development and goes above and beyond to learn all aspects of her trade.

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Mia Tamburrini

Butcher
Morgans Butchery

Mia is regarded as a hardworking and dedicated butcher who has worked her way up to the top. She has just sat her Level 3 Advanced Butchery course and is thriving in the industry at an early stage! Her butchery skills and practical abilities are described as fantastic and she is always creating new and exciting things for the counter, taking inspiration from social media and other sources. Her proposer says that Mia has a very bright future in the industry for which she will be a fabulous advocate!

Meat Businesswoman Award – Trade Body

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Eleanor O'Brien

Head of Membership & Marketing
National Craft Butchers

Eleanor is the key pin for administration, membership and marketing for the National Craft Butchers, and goes well beyond her own duties. As well as holding executive meetings, she also organises zoom meetings for members, and provides important updates and communicates about new legislation for key areas such as Natasha’s Law and other developments affecting retail butchers.

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Katie Doherty

Chief Executive Officer
IMTA

Katie originally joined the International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) without any trade knowledge, yet quickly developed a grasp of the industry and a knowledge of the complex world of trade related quotas. A baptism of fire followed with Brexit. Her rapid promotion to CEO occurred at a time of great change and uncertainty due to the Brexit negotiations, which had and continues to have a major impact on IMTA members. She has built a strong reputation and has developed a good team around her, gaining a healthy respect from those she deals with.

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Carla Ashcroft

The Deputy Clerk
The Worshipful Company of Butchers

Carla Ashcroft is the deputy clerk at the Worshipful Company of Butchers, the meat industry livery company, based in the City at Butchers Hall, London. She deals with a great deal of the day to day business for the WCB and is key to organising many events and activities and for facilitating good communication with its membership, and promoting the good name of the livery. Always helpful and friendly, Carla is a highly valued member of the Butchers Hall team and plays an important part in maintaining its long history and relationship with the trade.

Penny McEntire-Kemp

Penny McEntire-Kemp

Office Manager
Provision Trade Federation

The long standing office manager at the Provision Trade Federation is a core member of the team and is relied upon to keep the wheels turning in this important and much admired trade body. One proposer said: “Think PTF and you automatically think Penny McEntire Kemp. She is simply brilliant and someone we all rely on. She deals with enquiries efficiently and in a friendly fashion, and she has given years of loyal service. She is outstanding at her job and in her understanding and knowledge of member needs.”

Kerry Maxwell

Kerry Maxwell

Communications Officer
British Poultry Council

As communications officer for BPC, Kerry has excelled in developing a constructive and authoritative voice for the trade body through the content she produces for online and print. She doesn’t shy away from tough topics, ensuring that a serious challenge of public policy is at the heart of the BPC’s social media strategy and her column for Meat Management magazine. It is Kerry’s ability to successfully keep pressing issues at the forefront of industry discussion that makes her a worthy finalist in this year’s Trade Body category.

Meat Businesswoman Award – industry supplier

Sarah Boyle

Sarah Boyle

Head of Business
Foods Connected

Sarah joined Foods Connected two years ago, bringing a wealth of meat industry experience and expertise. This has proven invaluable in delivering practical, useful data capture solutions for customers. Sarah’s involvement is pivotal to generating meaningful insight that drives customer performance, safeguards supply chains and improves supply chain visibility. Sarah is an outstanding member of the Foods Connected Team, universally liked and respected while delivering exceptional customer service.

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Kirsty Hovey

Technical Support & Product Manager
ABP UK

Kirsty’s work on quality systems has been ground-breaking according to her proposer. Designing a bespoke quality IT system for Asda she has taken quality to a new level. She has even shared her innovations to most of Asda’s suppliers who have greatly benefitted, increasing their own product quality as a result. Kirsty is always looking for ways to continually improve in the meat industry and drives innovation like a steam train through these uncertain and challenging times. The future is safe in Kirsty’s hands!

Jessica Baldwin

Jess Baldwin

Marketing Manager
Interfood Technology Ltd

Jess joined Interfood with no marketing experience. Working alongside a mentor she very quickly learnt website design, social media marketing and advertising campaigning. Her success earnt her a recent promotion to Marketing Manager. She is Highley committed to the company and our food industry.

Rachael Storey

Rachael Storey

Technical Development Manager
ABP UK

Rachael’s approach to technical and quality is described as breath-taking. She ensures all specifications are safe and legal with her enviable attention to detail. Often working to tight deadlines Rachael works tirelessly to land all projects on time. During a recent rebrand she personally managed the landing of hundreds of lines to deliver our Asda customers the quality they have been accustomed to. Rachael is put forward as an amazing asset to Anglo Beef Processors.

Tanya Dickson

Tanya Dickson

Meat Inspector
DARD

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland is tasked with meat inspection, food safety and animal welfare amongst other areas of responsibility. Tanya Dickson is proposed for her outstanding and consistent service having over 30 years dedication to the meat sector ensuring the highest standards in meat production.

Meat Businesswoman Award – wholesaling

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Jade Atherton

Butcher
Booker Group
Jade is put forward as a ‘fantastic’ candidate for the Wholesaling category. She has recently passed her final exams and has been working hard in her department located in Blackburn. Nominated by Crosby Management Training they say: “We at CMT are proud of her progress and how she has been adapting to her roles in Wholesale.”

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Lisa Davis

Section Leader of Internal Sales
Danish Crown UK

Lisa is a true ambassador for Leivers, Danish Crown UK’s wholesale division. With 27 years in the business, she has developed a varied skill set and unprecedented knowledge of the meat industry, working her way up from Receptionist to Section Leader (internal sales team). Lisa is always happy to get stuck in, support the team and go the extra mile for customers. Her commitment to delivering best-in-class service, and her work in the local community, make Lisa an asset to the company and wider industry.

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Lesley Keehan

Category Assistant
Booker

Lesley is responsible for managing and maintaining the company database of meat products, producing trading updates, testing barcodes, ensuring customers can access offers on-line. She is actively engaged with 200 colleagues across the business ranging from directors, buyers, support colleagues, area managers and butchers. In addition to this, she is in contact with and builds relationships with the company’s meat suppliers, ensuring she has all current product, availability and supply information available.

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Bal Mehmi

Meat Trader
Blakemore Fresh Foods

Bal joined Blakemore’s in 1990 as an administration clerk processing invoices and purchases. In 2000 Bal supported the implementation of a new IT system into the business. In 2005 Bal moved to sales and purchasing, assisting the traders with the administration, Bal then started to create her own call list of customers, concentrating on the Lamb and Mutton trade. Today Bal is very much integral to the Lamb and Mutton trade, with her sales in excess of £5m which includes responsibilities across both buying and selling.

Meat Businesswoman Award – training & education

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Kylie Quantrill

HR Manager Kings Lynn
Pilgrim’s UK

Kylie has led on a number of important HR initiatives at both site level and at a group level for the business. Kylie has also demonstrated excellent support to the Kins Lynn team with no task being too small. Her nomination states that Kylie offers a great balance between challenge and compliance, and will support individuals and teams including out of hours. Kylie follows up and finishes tasks very well and is regarded as extremely knowledgeable and supportive on all areas of HR. Kylie continues to lead her team by setting a high standard for others to follow and her colleagues thrive on this leadership and environment.

Lucy Bean

Lucy Bean

Lead Accountant
Dunbia – Sawley

Lucy is passionate about supporting the training and development of new employees across the whole business and not just her team. With a methodical and thorough style Lucy has a flair for bringing people along on their journey, with no question left unanswered. Not only is Lucy committed to training others, she is also continuously developing herself, having joined Dunbia Sawley in 2009 as a receptionist she progressed through various roles before being promoted to Lead Accountant in May 2021.

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Ellie Cooper

Butchery Trainer
Dovecote Park

Ellie started as a butchery apprentice at Dovecote Park. Working towards her butchery level 2 qualification Ellie has quickly developed into being a vital part of Dovecote Park’s apprenticeship program. Not only has Ellie developed her knife skills and knowledge of the meat industry, but is now mentoring new apprentices helping them become butchers of the future through one to one training and supporting them throughout their journey. Ellie’s proposer feels that she would be a deserving winner of this award.

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Allison Drabble

Colne Abattoir – Site Training Advisor
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Allison has played a vital role in securing the future leadership of the Woodheads business by designing and running an internal talent programme which has yielded eight new managers. The plan covers all aspects of management and she has committed time alongside a jam-packed site training schedule. Acting as a mentor to each colleague she has set out a detailed programme, allowing colleagues to move between various functions. She’s ensured the success of a diverse cohort including four female managers.

Bethan Elliot

Bethan Elliot

Human Resources Manager
ABP UK

According to Bethan’s proposer, what makes Bethan such a deserving candidate for this award is her ability to engage and interact phenomenally well with those around her. Coinciding with her dedication to her colleagues and ABP, she has continued to develop herself personally by achieving her CIPD Level 5 in HR Management which she puts to good use every day. As someone who has benefited strongly from further education, she is ever encouraging colleagues in the factory to take part in apprenticeships in order to better themselves

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Jane Dale

Managing Director
Meat Ipswich

Jane is an inspirational ambassador for the Meat industry. Her drive and enthusiasm to promote and encourage young people to embark on a butchery career is second to none. She is passionate about training and developing people – often those who have been overlooked by others. Described by one proposer as a no nonsense lady, Jane is extremely keen to encourage young people to learn the trade of butchery and works very hard in the training aspect of her business.

Anca Dumitru

Anca Dumitru

Trainer
ABP UK

Anca has worked for ABP for seven years. Since joining the company she as gained several qualifications to help in her role which includes level 4 food safety, level 3 HACCP and level 3 in Health and Safety. At the time of her proposal she was waiting on her NEBOSH result. Anca is also a qualified physical first aid instructor together with holding a mental health first aider qualification, and in addition has gained her teaching qualification, education and training level 3, she now delivers several level 2 and level 3 qualifications.

Sarah-Jane Fulton

Sarah-Jane Fulton

HR Director
ABP UK

Sarah-Jane is described as a respected and inspirational HR leader, passionate about creating opportunities for colleagues to reach their full potential at ABP. She has transformed ABP’s people and development strategy through challenging times and acute labour shortages. Sarah-Jane has recently played a key part in the implementation of a performance management system which allows ABP to consistently recognise skills and abilities to attract and retain talent.

The Rising Star Award

Jessica Kelleway

Jessica Kellaway

Apprentice Butcher
ABP UK

Jessica has been on the apprenticeship scheme since September last year and was previously a nursery nurse – a big change. The level of her work is reported as exceptional and she has received very good feedback from her college and has recently started to learn to bone beef. Now also trained as a first aider she always put others first and helps support her fellow colleagues. Colleagues say Jess is a real shining star and a great asset to the company. She will look at any development opportunities to help her succeed and shows great leadership qualities.

Kate Blackett

Kate Blackett

Brexit Administrator
Dawn Meats Group

An integral member of the Brexit Administrative team, Dawn Meats say that Kate demonstrates remarkable initiative and seeks to deliver excellence in an ever evolving and challenging role. Supporting the new department, her effective teamwork, along with an ability to recognise when extra support is needed is fantastic. A professional perfectionist with a rapid learning ability, she goes above and beyond to support all the sites, dedicating countless hours to ensure our product clears BCPs to reach its destination.

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Alicia Austin

Butchery Manager – Booker Plymouth
Booker

Alicia enrolled on the Booker Internal Training Programme. She then became an integral member of the team; building up relationships with customers, helping drive the success of the department with sales performance and excellent standards. She scored 100% in her final assessment and won the Gold Award. Alicia was already looking ahead to the next challenge, she applied for and was promoted to the role of Butchery Manager. Booker report that she has made exceptional progress over a short period of time and is a great role model for women.

Amelia Dayson

Amelia Dayson

Butcher
Firths Butchers

Amelia is proposed for this award as an incredible butcher; she was the youngest apprentice to qualify via CMT training who say she has grown so much over the last year and a half. Amelia had never left her town until attending a butchery residential in Snowdonia last August. She was shy and reserved on arrival, but she got stuck in with all the butchers and had a fantastic time and made lots of friends. Amelia has now started her Level 3 Advanced Butchery Apprenticeship and her colleagues and trainers are looking forward to seeing how she progresses and what she can achieve.

Justine Fitton

Justine Fitton

Butcher
The Lambing Shed

Justine started with The Lambing Shed less than a year ago as an apprentice, having moved from another shop with just a little experience. Since then the business has been exceptionally busy winning awards in the process, but has lost staff over the same period. Therefore, as a result Justine has been on a steep learning curve but not only has she learnt and developed incredibly quickly, but also supported her proposer through this challenging period. Her manager says she is already worthy of the butcher title and was recognised for her hard work and natural talent with a recent promotion.

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Sadie Buckingham

Manager
Buckinghams Artisan Butchery

Remarkably, up until March 2020 Sadie hadn’t stepped foot behind the butcher’s counter but within the last two years she has trained to be a cheese specialist, taken over the accounting for the business, started to learn to cut meat, serves on the meat counter offering great advice and a friendly smile, and is very keen on pushing the business forward, so much so that this year the business offered her a managing director’s role within the company. Buckinghams Artisan Butchery say that Sadie is already a massive asset to the business.

Harriet Heap

Harriet Heap

Trading Manager – Technical Development Livestock
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Harriet joined as a graduate and her roles have included working in pet food and abattoir, plus the retail commercial team and livestock sourcing. Harriet now heads a new team at Woodhead processing sites, leading audit and compliance and driving farm and site animal welfare standards. Harriet has created a new approach to deliver better standard both on farm and sites, making welfare a priority. Harriet supports talent coming through the business, and outside of work for the company her passion continues with her own flock of sheep.

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Sophie Smith

Technical Manager, Ruskington
Pilgrim’s UK

After stepping up to cover a vacant technical manager role at one of the largest and most complex sites within Pilgrim’s UK, Sophie impressed the leadership team with her ability and drive and was subsequently given the role on a permanent basis. She quickly adapted to this more senior and responsible position, showing natural leadership, ensuring she brought others in her team along on the journey and supporting those who took on the workload she left behind. In the space of just a few months she has built a solid reputation.

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Sophie Tattersall

Technical Shift Manager
Morrisons Supermarkets Limited

Sophie joined Morrisons as a degree apprentice and she has nearly finished a self-funded Master’s Degree in Food Science. Her dissertation focuses on driving the quality of cooked meats by preventing discoloration. This is also driving benefits at the site that Sophie works at, who supply the majority of Morrisons cooked meats range. Her proposer says that Sophie’s development has been fantastic, moving from leading a team of QC’s to now being the site’s food safety specialist. A potential technical manager of the future. Sophie also supports nine DAs.

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Saphia Williams

Butcher
Lobbs Farm Shop

Saphia is a creative and innovative butcher with lots of ideas and a knack for social media, says one of her nominators adding; “I can see her going places as an industry ambassador.” One customer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Saff since we opened our pub, she has been fantastic at helping us find the best meat for our new venture, it’s also fantastic to see someone so knowledgeable and passionate at such an early age.” A R Butchers, which closed in June, and a previous employer added that Saphia is a top class person and butcher. Every job is undertaken with care and enthusiasm.

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