#WIMIAwards

Meat Businesswoman OF THE YEAR Award

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Michelle Low

Senior Technical Manager Morrisons Manufacturing – Woodhead Bros. 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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Independent Retailing

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.”

Meat Businesswoman Award – Multiple Retailing

Olivia Morris

Olivia Morris

Category Controller – Commercial
ABP

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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Poultry

Katia Feliz

Katia Feliz

Area Manager
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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Foodservice

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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing

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Michelle Low

Senior Technical Manager Morrisons Manufacturing – Woodhead Bros.
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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Craft Butchery

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Harriet Gibbs

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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Trade Body

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Carla Ashcroft

The Deputy Clerk
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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – industry supplier

Rachael Storey

Rachael Storey

Technical Development Manager
ABP

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.

Meat Businesswoman Award – wholesaling

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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

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.

The Rising Star Award

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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