The organisers of the Women In Meat Industry Awards have reported an outstanding response to the voting process just days after the finalists were revealed.

Following a host of nominations, the finalists were unveiled for the inaugural Women in Meat Industry Awards 2018 earlier this week and industry was offered the opportunity to vote for their choice of winners online.

There are four finalists in each of the categories, and now those working alongside these women in the industry are being asked to select their winning-candidate in each category, 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 organisation they work for.

Since voting went live, the votes have been pinging through non-stop and before the weekend has hit, close to 1,000 have already been received.

Awards organiser Emma Cash said: “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received to this new awards initiative. We knew there was a place in the market for a campaign like this one but to have received this number of nominations so soon after launch is truly amazing.

“We have also seen people take to social media to spread word of the campaign, with our hashtag #WomenInMeat lighting up Twitter!”

Meat Management and Food Management Today publisher Graham Yandell added: “Our awards initiatives and industry events are always well received but never have we received a response quite on this scale.

“I am pleased to report that all category partnerships for the Women In Meat Awards have also been taken up by important businesses and organisations in the UK meat sector. We are delighted to see industry getting behind this important campaign and look forward to seeing the votes continuing to roll in.”

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

Voting is live and we have received a fantastic response so far.

In addition, a panel of industry judges will select an overall outstanding individual for the Meat Businesswoman of the Year accolade who will receive this prestigious award at the black-tie dinner and ceremony on 16th November hosted by chef 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 select sponsorship opportunities are available for the dinner. For more information about becoming involved, contact Michelle Ingerfield by emailing: