Ron Randall and other food industry figures recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019
Members of the UK meat and food industry have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. They include Ron Randall, Professor Ian Lamont Boyd, FRSE, Robin Gourlay, Catherine Mead and Andrew Kemp.
Below is a brief profile of each of the recipients …
Ron Randall CBE
Ron Randall, chairman of Randall Parker Food Group becomes a CBE.
Commenting on receiving his honour he told Meat Management: “It was somewhat of a surprise and very gratifying to know that somebody has looked at your life’s work, 57 years in the meat trade and has decided that it was worth recognition.
“I feel highly honoured and thank all the people who have been very loyal over the years and allowed my time in the meat industry to be deserving of this wonderful award.
“My love and commitment to the meat trade although somewhat challenging at times, has never waned.”
Ron Randall started work at 15 as a junior in a butcher’s shop and opened his own shop at 21 and today Randall Parker Foods is part of the Randall Parker Food Group of companies, that includes Weddel Swift Trading and Distribution.
Known as a lamb specialist Randall Parker serves a range of markets from retail to wholesale at home and abroad. Mr Randall also headed up Meadow Farm and Sims group in earlier times over his long meat industry career.
Professor Ian Lamont Boyd, FRSE
Professor Ian Lamont Boyd, FRSE. is chief scientific adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He receives a Knights Bachelor Award for services to Science and Economics on Food and the Environment. (London)
Robin Gourlay, OBE
Robin Goulray receives an OBE for services to the Scottish food and drink Industry. He is an adviser to the Scottish Government and has led on public food and drink policy producing a range of guidance and direction. He is also an associate at Scotland Food and Drink.
Catherine Mead OBE
Catherine Mead, owner of Lynher Dairies receives an OBE for services to cheese making and the community in the south west of England.
Andrew Kemp MBE
Andrew Kemp, group sales and marketing director of Bidfood is made an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.