Who will be crowned Meat Businesswoman of the Year 2021?
As part of the run up to the Women In Meat Industry Awards 2021, hosted at the Hilton London Metropole on 18th November, we ask the judging panel what it takes to win one of the industry’s most prestigious prizes.
The award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry and the category has a long history of worthy winners.
Last year the accolade went to Margaret Boanas, chair of International Meat Trade Association (IMTA), who said: “I am delighted to see women being recognised in our industry. Research acknowledges that companies with women in senior management roles perform better than those without, we need the brightest and best across all sectors in order to deal with the challenges we are facing.”
In 2019, the award went to sales and marketing director at Aubrey Allen, Lucianne Allen. At the time, Lucianne said: “Having changed my career 11 years ago, I feel that winning the award means that I am accepted as part of this great industry and it means the world to me. I could not achieve all I do without my fantastic team at work and at home. I am passionate about women in business and especially the meat world; it is a great to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone.”
The Judges’ Comments for 2021
This is what the judges had to say about this year’s yet to be revealed winner.
“The judges are tasked with selecting an outstanding candidate from some already outstanding women in their respective sectors. The task is not easy as they are all winners really. They all have a huge range of different skillsets and have come into the industry via different routes. What we were looking for was a candidate that we felt was likely to forge ahead in her career with the ability to adapt to any sector within the meat trade and therefore inspire, mentor and motivate others to both join and remain in what is such a great industry.”
Pam Brook, former editor of Meat Management
“This year once again saw a tremendous range of talent in the category finalists and in previous years selecting a winner is a difficult choice. We wanted to find an all-rounder that we hope will inspire others – women and men alike.”
John Howard, meat industry consultant
“The standard this year was just as high as in previous times and reflects the strength and depth of the women we have right across the trade and the many different career opportunities it offers.”
Christine Walsh, lead product owner (pork sector), Livestock Information Ltd.
“The calibre of the women finalists and winners seems to increase each year and it’s tremendous to see women who have forged a strong, interesting and fulfilling career in butchery coming to the fore.”
Keith Fisher, chief executive of The Institute of Meat (IoM)
Organisers report that ticket sales are strong, exceeding expectations, and that there is a very positive attitude prevailing amongst both the Award Partners who sponsor categories and the many guests scheduled to attend.
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With thanks to the 2021 Awards partners:
Event date is subject to ongoing Government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.