Margaret Boanas, chairman of the International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) has been crowned the ‘Meat Businesswoman of the Year’ at this year’s Women in Meat Industry Awards ceremony.

The initiative recognises the important role and contribution of women in the meat industry and received over 9,000 votes for the 51 finalists this year.

Ten winners were crowned during the ceremony which was co-presented by former English sprinter and Olympic medallist, Katharine Merry.

The ceremony took place online this year following the impact of coronavirus and can now be viewed on-demand via the Women in Meat Industry Awards website. Viewing time is around 45 minutes. You can jump to different parts of the video by clicking on the small circles in the play bar or choose which chapter to go to by clicking the chapter icon in the bottom right of the tool bar.

The 2020 winners are:

Meat Businesswoman Award – Trade Body:
Margaret Boanas, Chairman, International Meat Trade Association (IMTA).

Meat Businesswoman Award – Foodservice:
Tracey Gardner, Account Director, Fairfax Meadow.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Retailing:
Tricia Sykes, Senior Manager – Technical and Quality, Meat Fish and Poultry, Asda.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Training and Education:
Georgina Corbett, Shift Manager, Butchery Academy Area Leader, Cranswick plc.

The Rising Star Award:
Katie Potter, Butcher, Tim Potter Son & Daughter Ltd.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Industry Supplier:
Dr Fiona Roberts, Technical Supply Chain Analyst, Foods Connected.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Manufacturing/Processing:
Mairéad McCullough, Site Technical Manager, ABP.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Craft Butchery:
Rachel Godwin, Company Director/Head Butcher, Alternative Meats Ltd.

Meat Businesswoman Award – Wholesaling:
Melanie Greaves, Director/Owner, T&G Wholesale Meats Ltd.

Meat Businesswoman of the Year:
Margaret Boanas – IMTA Chairman.

Graham Yandell, publisher of both Food Management Today and Meat Management magazine, said: “Despite the extraordinary challenges we have all faced this year, it was great to be able to recognise many talented people who make up the UK meat industry.

“Although Covid-19 guidelines prevented us from staging a physical ceremony, the online format, along with the help of our special guest host, Katharine Merry, allowed us to truly appreciate the hard-work and dedication of the 51 finalists plus the category winners.

“Having received over 9,000 votes for this year’s initiative, the Women in Meat Industry Awards 2020 will certainly go down as one of the most memorable yet with wide industry engagement. However, those who were unable to tune into the ceremony live can stream the full video on-demand now – so be sure to catch up on all the proceedings.

“Finally, I would like to say a big thank you to our partners, our host Katharine Merry and to offer many congratulations to all the winners and finalists.”

Editor of Food Management Today magazine, Pam Brook, added: “A huge well done to all of the winners and finalists that featured in this truly unique ceremony. This year has presented both the meat sector and the wider food industry with immense challenges and so it is only right that we take the time to acknowledge the extraordinary women who have played their part in keeping the nation fed.”

Find out more about all the winners and finalists in the Women in Meat Industry Awards brochure here.

Thank you to the 2020 partners: