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Food and farming heroes recognised in New Year Honours list

Numerous food and farming heroes have been recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

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Food and farming heroes recognised in New Year Honours list

Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) vice chairwoman, Di Wastenage, was awarded an MBE for her services to the UK dairy industry.

 

Ms Wastenage, who is a director of her family’s dairy farming business in Salterton, Devon, has contributed to topics including animal health and welfare and the environment in her role at RABDF as well as encouraging young entrepreneurs and new entrants.

 

She was also involved in creating ambitious targets for reducing antibiotic usage within the dairy sector and continues to champion the importance of female roles and opportunities for women through her work as patron of Women in Dairy.

 

Ms Wastenage said receiving the honour came as a ‘complete surprise’ and ensured the 2020 finished on a ‘very positive note’.


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RABDF managing director Matt Knight added: “Di’s award is truly deserved.

 

“Her role as vice chairwoman at RABDF is invaluable and she has been instrumental in informing and contributing to some important topics in the dairy sector.

 

“This is all on top of her day job managing the family farm with her husband.”

 

Farmers Guardian ‘In Your Field’ writer and Welsh farmer Kate Beavan also received an MBE for her services to agriculture.

 

Ms Beavan farms predominately beef and sheep alongside an arable enterprise to fulfil animal feed requirements, in Abergavenny, Wales.

 

Diversifications include Beavan Family Butchers in Abergavenny, run by brother-in-law Huw and family, and Kate’s Country School which offers rural courses, school visits and team building events.

 

She is also an NFU county chairwoman, a mental health first aider and teaches animal welfare and conservation at the local college, as well as makes and sells cider.

 

Ms Beavan shared on social media that she was blown away by the comments.

 

"[I] still do not feel worthy but it is an honour and has made us smile. Here is to a better 2021, have an amazing new year everyone, stay safe," Ms Beavan tweeted.

 

Welsh dairy farmer Abi Reader tweeted: “Whoop whoop whoop MBE for Kate Beavan one of the kindest and most enthusiastic farmers I know!”

 

A raft of others were also honoured, including Professor Dieter Helm CBE, chairman of Natural Capital Committee, who received a knighthood for his services to the environment, to energy and to utilities policy.

Retail and Food Service

  • Linda Carrington, East Riding of Yorkshire - food retail worker, SPAR - awarded BEM for services to customers during the Covid-19 response.
  • Steven Clarke, Hertfordshire - managing director, Bidfood Wholesale Depots - awarded MBE for services to the vulnerable during Covid-19 response.
  • Joanne Gates, Essex - food retail worker, The Co-operative Group - awarded BEM for services to the food supply chain during the Covid-19 response.
  • Elizabeth Anne King, London - founder, Square Mile Food Bank - awarded BEM for voluntary service to the community in the city of London during the Covid-19 response.
  • David John Lewis, London - lately chief executive officer, Tesco - awarded Knighthood for services to the food industry and to business.
  • Alexander John Hilton Mayfield, North Yorkshire - awarded MBE supply chain and operations director, Brakes - for services to the food supply chain and to the vulnerable during the Covid-19 response.
  • Paul Malcolm Miller, Lankarshire - senior manager health, safety and environment, Asda Stores Ltd - awarded MBE for services to retail customers during the Covid-19 response.
  • Azizur Rahman, London - foods section manager, Marks and Spencer - awarded BEM for services to the community in London during the Covid-19 response.
  • Nicholas Peter Speight, Greater Manchester - HR leader, The Co-operative Group - awarded MBE for services to the food supply chain during Covid-19 response.
  • Melanie Jane Smith, London - chief executive Ocado Retail Ltd - awarded CBE for services to retail and the food supply chain during the Covid-19 response.
  • Joanne Louise Whitfield, Greater Manchester - chief executive, retail, Co-Op Group - awarded CBE for services to retail and the food supply chain during the Covid-19 response (CBE).

Industry and Government

  • William Brown, Belfast - awarded BEM for services to food economy in Northern Ireland.
  • Deborah Campbell, Lincolnshire - technical specialist, Environment Agency - awarded BEM for services to flood protection and voluntary service to young people.
  • Philip Andrew John Conran, Buckinghamshire – chairman of Government Advisory Committee on packaging - awarded OBE for services to recycling and the environment.
  • Thomas Reynold Fowler, Hampshire - technical leader, Environment Agency - awarded BEM for services to the environment.
  • Sally Gallagher, Tyne and Wear - technical specialist, Environment Agency - awarded MBE for services to the groundwater environment and to the protection of communities.
  • Ian Aubrey McDonald Harvey, Ballynahinch, County Down - awarded MBE for services to agriculture and to charity in Northern Ireland.
  • John Nicol Lindsay, Hampshire - awarded BEM for services to the environment in East Lothian.
  • Caroline Mason CBE, London - chief executive, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation - awarded DBE for services to the charity sector, particularly during the Covid-19 response.
  • Mark Philip Sautereau, Buckinghamshire – DEFRA deputy director - awarded OBE for services to the food supply chain and the vulnerable, particularly during the Covid-19 response.
  • Diana Mary Smart, Hertfordshire - awarded BEM for services to agriculture.
  • Jeremy Lewis Simons, London – lately chairman of Port and City of London Health and Environmental Services Committee – awarded OBE for services to air quality and to environmental conservation in London.
  • Christopher Michael Tyas, West Sussex - chairman of Food Resilience Industry Forum - awarded OBE for services to the food supply chain during the Covid-19 response.
  • Colin Richard Weaver, North Yorkshire - scientist, APHA, Defra - awarded BEM for services to science.
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