NOMINATIONS are being sought for women in the dairy industry who connect people, inspire others, and share their knowledge as the Dairy Industry Women of the Year Award is launched.
The award, sponsored by HSBC, celebrates the achievements of women in the British dairy industry and is run by Women in Dairy, an RABDF initiative. The group is designed to bring women working in the dairy industry together through regional discussion group meetings.
This is the fourth year the award has been running, with previous winners including Mary Quicke of Quicke Cheeses, dairy farmer and AHDB and NFU board representative Janette Prince and livestock consultant Dr Jude Capper.
The values of Women in Dairy must be highlighted in each nomination. This means candidates must be shown to connect with the dairy industry and the public, inspire people and share their experience and knowledge.
The winner will be announced at the annual Women in Dairy conference, which
this year is being held virtually on September 30 due to coronavirus restrictions.
Women in Dairy patron Di Wastenage said: “There are lots of inspiring women involved in our industry and they are fundamental to driving our sector forward. So it is important to recognise and reward their success.
“Nominees do not need to work on a dairy farm, but they must be involved in the industry. This means as well as farmers we can receive nominations for vets, consultants, technicians and people working right across the dairy supply chain,” added Mrs Wastenage.
Last year’s winner Mary Quicke said it was an honour to win the award.
She said: “It was such an achievement for myself and the whole team and means a great deal to everyone involved.”
Nominations are open until July 31. From all nominations the judging panel will select finalists who will be contacted for a short interview with judges and a member of the steering committee.