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British Frozen Food Federation announces People Awards shortlist

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British Frozen Food Federation announces People Awards shortlist

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has announced the shortlisted nominees for its upcoming People Awards.

More than 40 people from the industry are in contention for 10 awards in categories such as Technical Champion, Marketer of the Year and Factory Manager of the Year.

The awards will be presented on 22 February 2018 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, following the BFFF’s Annual Business Conference. Finalists will be invited to an exclusive Presidents’ Reception before the awards dinner.

The full shortlist of nominees for the BFFF People Awards 2018 is as follows:

Technical Champion
• Emma Meredith – Iceland Foods
• Marie-Isabelle Clastres – CP Foods UK
• Sharni Rigby – The Authentic Food Co.
• Gillian Wallace-King – Brakes
• Louise Elsmore – Cargill

Health and Safety Champion
• Clare McMahon – The Authentic Food Co.
• Todd Hallam – Chalcroft
• Bryan Atkinson – Cargill
• John Edwards – Brakes
• Claire Guy – McCain Foods

Sustainability Leader
• Andrew Crawford – Brakes
• Ann Rogers – JCS Fish
• Brennan Green – Paramount 21
• Shirley Duncalf – Bidfood

Product Developer
• Karolina Fitzpatrick – Albert Bartlett
• Gemma Young – Bidfood
• Rachel Cook – Bidfood
• Tim Matthews – Birds Eye
• Marcel Obry – Brakes

Factory Manager
• Jason Ash – Greenyard Frozen UK
• John Mellor – The Authentic Food Co
• Mark Ditch – Iceland Foods
• Adam March – Rick Bestwick
• Michael Murphy – Whitby Seafoods

Commercial Champion
• Ben Robinson – Aunt Bessie’s
• Calum Kirk – Froneri UK
• Andy Breffit – Hopwells
• Laura Marshall – Meal Creations (Kerry Foods)
• Jane Marren – Company Shop

Supply Chain/Logistics Champion
• Michael Round – Rick Bestwick
• Kate Mackie – Iceland Foods
• Dale Hickman – GMS Group
• Derrick Curtis – Crantock Foods

Marketer of the Year
• Ginny Durdy – The Ice Co.
• Gail Bridgeman – Bidfood
• Pete Johnson – Birds Eye
• Greg Foster – McCain Foods (GB)
• Mehdi Barani – The Authentic Food Co.

Purchaser/Buyer of the Year
• Michelle Galvin – The Authentic Food Co.
• Laura Manning – Bidfood
• Lauren Metcalfe – Iceland Foods
• Natasha Beaver – Laila’s Fine Foods
• Katie Marsden – Aunt Bessie’s

Rising Star
• Chris Healey – XPO Supply Chain UK
• Adele Robinson – Aunt Bessie’s
• Bradley Rodd – Bidfood
• Ben Parsons – Greenyard Frozen UK
• Colin Buckingham – Birds Eye
• David Roberts – UK Foodhall
• Adam Byrne – Rick Bestwick
• Aaron Cooper – Iceland Foods
• David Wilkinson – The Authentic Food Co.
• Andy Small – Bidfood
• Shahid Mohammed – Bidfood

Nominations were submitted by the finalists’ manager or team leader and were chosen by a judging panel including Lynda Hulme, HR director at Fowler Welch; Vince Craig, BFFF board member; Alison Cannon, founding partner of Resonate Recruitment; Nick Downing, IGD commercial director; and Cheryl Bennett, director of Pelican Communications.

John Hyman, chief executive of BFFF, said: “We know the level of talent that is out there, but the standard of entries we received was exceptional and it was really encouraging to see how many industry leaders put forward members of their teams that they believe are deserving of recognition.

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