With the annual Egg and Poultry Industry Conference just a few weeks away (29 October), the search is on for this year’s BPC/ForFarmers Poultry Person of the Year and the Epic Young Poultry Person of the Year.
The Poultry Person of the Year Award was first presented in 1953 and since then has recognised those who have made a significant contribution to the poultry industry.
According to British Poultry Council chief executive Richard Griffiths, the award is intended to “reflect the diversity of people, skills and roles that now exist within the sector”.
“The winner will be someone who, in the judgement of his/her peers, has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the UK poultry industry, be that in knowledge, skill or leadership,” he said.
Last year’s Young Poultry Person of the Year award was presented to Stephen Pace, right. Photo: Jon Page
The judging panel, made up of previous winners and an independent chairman, is now seeking nominations from across the poultrymeat and egg sectors.
To obtain a nomination form please contact Richard Griffiths by email: email@example.com
The closing date for nominations is 30 September 2017.
Young person’s award
The Epic committee is also keen to recognise emerging talent and, since 2012, has presented its Young Poultry Person of the Year award, launched in memory of egg processor Clive Frampton.
“Egg producers have dominated the awards roster since its inception, but the award is open to everyone – farmers, vets, consultants, researchers – so long as they are under 40-years-old and are making an impact,” said chief judge Philip Clarke.
As well as the prestige of winning, and the chance of a free trip to Epic, previous winners have also spoken of the boost the award has given to their careers.
Entering or nominating is straightforward – simply write down in no more than 500 words why the candidate deserves to win and email the entry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date is 13 October.
The winners of both awards will be invited to attend 2017’s Epic at the Celtic Manor Hotel, South Wales on 29/30 October, and will be announced at the conference banquet.
Recent winners of the BPC/ForFarmers Poultry Person of the Year award
- 2012 Peter Bradnock – British Poultry Council (retiring CEO)
- 2013 Jeff Vergerson – British Egg Association chairman
- 2014 John Reed – Cargill Meats Europe
- 2015 Ranjit Singh – 2 Sisters Food Group
- 2016 John Campbell – Glenrath Farms
Previous winners of the Young Poultry Person of the Year
- 2012 Matthew Davies – David Davies and Co
- 2013 Philip Hammond – Crowshall Vets
- 2014 Rebecca Tonks – St Ewe Free Range Eggs
- 2015 Daniel Fairburn – LJ Fairburn
- 2016 Dr Stephen Pace – Pace Farm Eggs