BPC Awards 2012

Outstanding achievements made by the British poultry industry were celebrated with an awards ceremony at the House of Commons on Tuesday this week.

The awards, arranged by the British Poultry Council (BPC), were presented by MPs David Heath and Anne McIntosh along with BPC chairman John Reed.

Reed said: “This year’s winners represent the diversity of the industry. Some are distinguished, dedicated, long-serving colleagues and others are newcomers who have demonstrated a willingness and curiosity for training, scientific research and its practical application.”
The annual awards are an opportunity for the industry to recognise those who make an outstanding contribution to the sector, which led Reed to point out the key role of the British poultry industry in career and skills development. He said: “Our goal as an industry is to attract, recruit, train, develop and retain people. We’ve already done a lot with the Poultry Passport programme, the Harper Adams scholarships and the poultry apprenticeships. Now, we need to focus on how we can attract young people into the industry.”

Of the industry and awards, Heath, who is the minister of state for environment, food and rural affairs, said: “I’m delighted to take part in the BPC Awards and to meet outstanding members of the British poultry industry. The poultry industry is a vibrant sector with many career and skills development opportunities and I strongly support BPC’s efforts to attract new talent.”

Winners of the BPC Awards 2012:

Marketing Award: William and Jennie Brisbourne – for their outstanding contribution to the promotion and marketing of the goose sector

BPC-Pfizer Young Trainee of the Year Award: Rachel Almey – for her outstanding career development project

Distinguished Service Award: Joe Lawson – for his unique contribution to welfare standards, the implementation of the EC Broiler Welfare Directive and the ACP Scheme

Distinguished Service Award: Ken Morris – for his commitment to the poultry industry and his key role in welfare standards in breeding and hatching systems

Distinguished Service Award: Andrew Lewins – for his outstanding involvement in the turkey sector and his key role as an advocate for the poultry industry

BPC Scholarship: Adekunle Adebiyi – for his outstanding research in the field of poultry and alternative protein sources for turkeys and broilers

Special Merit Award: Rob Davies – for his outstanding work on salmonella and poultry health at AHVLA.

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