Finalists exclusively revealed for Women in Meat Industry Awards

Finalists exclusively revealed for Women in Meat Industry Awards

Voting is live online.

Following a plethora of nominations, the finalists have now been unveiled for the Women in Meat Industry Awards 2018 and Meat Management readers can vote for their choice online now.

Women in Meat Industry Awards ballot box

The brand new Women In Meat Industry Awards will recognise female meat professionals across a variety of sectors.

There are four finalists in each of the categories, and readers can vote for their favourites based on who they feel has made an important or unique contribution to the UK meat industry’s success, or made a significant impact at the company or organisation they work for.

Readers can vote for their choice of winner for each category by clicking here before 31st July, where they can also view a mini career biography of each finalist.

The categories and finalists are as follows:

Meat Businesswoman Award – Foodservice

Helen Davies – Director at Woburn Country Foods Ltd
Jill Dawson – Head of HR at Althams Butchers
Penny Tomlinson – Managing director at Fairfax Meadow
Sonia Armanet – Senior category manager, Tulip food solutions at Tulip ltd

Meat Businesswoman Award – Retailing

Anna Bury – Sales & Marketing Director at Eversfield Organic
Jessica Graham – Beef category buyer at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets ltd
Lynsey Coughlan – Director at The Ginger Pig
Jodie Bolland – Senior buyer, Beef & Lamb at WM Morrisons plc

Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing

Linda Lippiatt – Head of operations (Redruth) at Tulip ltd
Lisa Hand – Head of supply chain at Dunbia
Sharon Harper – Operations manager, Shrewsbury Retail at ABP UK
Victoria Broekhuizen – Purchasing manager at Samworth Brothers Ltd

Meat Businesswoman Award – Craft Butchery

Jan Corry – Partner at Corry’s Traditional Butchers
Ruth Davies – Charcutier at Cwmfarm Charcuterie Products
Jessica Leliuga – Joint proprietor at Ye Olde Sausage Shop
Sue Winders – Butchery manager at Makro Liverpool

Meat Businesswoman Award – Trade Body

Máire Burnett – Technical director at the British Poultry Council
Claire Holland – Manager at the Q Guild
Liz Murphy – Chief executive officer at the International Meat Trade Association (IMTA)
Fiona Steiger – Deputy director at the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA)

Meat Businesswoman Award – Wholesaling

Lucianne Allen – Sales and marketing director at Aubrey Allen
Nicola Chandler – Sales director at Direct Meats
Lindsay Murphy – regional training manager at Booker
Sally-Anne Thorley – Marketing & operations assistant at Weddel Swift Distribution ltd

The Rising Star Award

Laura Baker – Marketing manager at Edward’s of Conwy
Sophie Cave – Operational finance lead at Tulip ltd
Caroline Houghton – Office manager at J W Mettrick & Son ltd
Phillippa Helme – NPD and ingredients sourcing technologist at Dovecote Park ltd

Once the votes for the finalist have been counted and all the category winners have been selected, a panel of industry judges will select an overall outstanding individual for the Meat Businesswomen of the Year accolade who will receive this prestigious award at the black-tie dinner and ceremony on 16th November.

YPL Exhibitions & Events who organise the Awards report that the Women In Meat Industry Awards campaign has received a tremendous response from industry, exceeding expectations. Multiple candidates have been nominated, strong interest has been shown in the awards dinner and all the Award categories have been taken, sponsored by partners who wish to support the initiative.

The final two category partners have recently been announced as  Maritime Cargo Services and Columbus Global. They join Kerry Taste & Nutrition, RSPCA Assured, Proseal, Cutting Edge Services, Marel, Ladies In Pigs, Ladies In Beef and The Institute of Meat.


Women in Meat Awards logo

Awards organiser Emma Cash said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response we have received to the Women In Meat Industry Awards. Our inaugural campaign has seen a high number of names put forward, multiple commercial partners signing up to show their support and in addition we are receiving enquiries about tickets and tables for the presentation dinner almost every day.

“We look forward to seeing the response we receive to the voting process for our finalists ahead of celebrating and crowning our winners in London on 16th November at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, with celebrity host and businesswoman Lesley Waters.”

Cast your votes now, or before 31st July, at

Any queries about the Awards or the Awards Dinner can be directed to Emma Cash on 01908 613323 or

Some sponsorship opportunities are also available at the dinner. For more information about becoming involved, contact Michelle Ingerfield by emailing:

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