Poultry and veterinary figures included in New Yr Honours

A number of meat trade figures from the poultry and veterinary sectors obtained awards in His Majesty the King’s first New Yr Honours Checklist.

Christine Middlemass is made a Companion of the Order of the Bathtub.

The UK’s chief veterinary officer (CVO) Christine Middlemiss has been made a Companion of the Order of the Bathtub (CB) within the King’s New Yr Honours. The Order of the Bathtub is a British order of chivalry and is second solely to a damehood or knighthood.

The honour recognises her function in sustaining the excessive customary of animal well being and welfare within the UK following its departure from the EU, and her efforts in managing the most important ever outbreak of avian influenza flu.

Since changing into CVO in 2018, Christine has led the UK’s strategy on quite a few very important points starting from international animal well being points; biosecurity and illness danger administration; and commerce and market entry agreements.

This 12 months she has been instrumental within the authorities’s efforts to handle the unprecedented ongoing outbreak of avian influenza, serving to to restrict the unfold of the illness and mitigate its impacts on farmers and the general public, in addition to worldwide commerce.

Christine Middlemiss stated: “I’m really humbled to be awarded this honour. For me, it demonstrates the popularity of the significance of getting vets in authorities and what we do. As we’ve seen over the previous few years, vets have a essential function in quite a lot of points together with new and rising illnesses, meals provide and supporting folks fleeing battle with their beloved pets.

“I’m very happy with the work we do and I’m keen about inspiring confidence in ladies and ladies hoping to pursue careers in science, in addition to guaranteeing that now we have extremely skilled and skilled public sector vets to proceed to make a big constructive affect.”

Defra Everlasting Secretary Tamara Finkelstein stated: “Since changing into chief veterinary officer in 2018, Christine has achieved accomplishments of nationwide and worldwide significance, so I’m delighted to see her big contributions to veterinary, farming and the UK being recognised on this method.

“She has repeatedly offered excellent management and precious skilled recommendation while coping with extraordinarily difficult points – her honour is totally deserved.

“All through her time as CVO, Christine has represented the UK on the worldwide stage, together with on the G7 summit, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) discussions on the World Organisation for Animal Well being, and at a number of bilateral commerce negotiations.”

Poultry Trade

Ursula Lavery, technical and R&D Director Europe, has been awarded an MBE for providers to the Agri-Meals Trade and to the Financial system in Northern Eire.

She stated: “I’m completely delighted and really humbled to obtain this honour. I’m proud to be a part of the Northern Eire Agri-Meals trade, and this award is testomony to the proficient folks I work with and every thing we’re doing to drive meals integrity, animal welfare and supply a sustainable provide chain for our farmers and clients.”

Congratulating Ursula, Chris Kirke, president of Moy Park stated: “Ursula is dedicated to reaching excellence throughout the availability chain, from farm to fork. She is a devoted researcher, director and chief in our trade and on behalf of Moy Park we provide her our congratulations.”

Robin Faccenda, who established the Faccenda Group in 1962 obtained an OBE for his providers to the poultry trade and schooling. That firm grew to turn into the second greatest UK rooster processing firm. In 2018 it merged with Cargill and is now Avara, one of many UK’s largest meals operators.


The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture’s (TIAH) chief government, Janet Swadling, has been awarded an OBE for providers to farming and to schooling.

Janet is well-known within the discipline of agricultural schooling, expertise and improvement, having held quite a lot of senior posts within the sector over almost 30 years.

Along with having performed a pivotal function in TIAH’s formation, Janet is a former chief government of Scotland’s Rural Faculty. She presently additionally sits on the Boards of a number of organisations together with AHDB and Zero Waste Scotland, and is an Affiliate of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Janet stated: “The award of an OBE is an excellent shock. I really feel tremendously honoured to have been recognised on this method.

“All through my profession, notably at Scotland’s Rural Faculty and establishing The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, I’ve been lucky to work with some very proficient folks with out whose help and staff working this award wouldn’t have been attainable. 

TIAH’s chair David Fursdon stated: “Janet has had a really distinguished profession and we’re extraordinarily fortunate that she has introduced her big expertise and data collectively to skilfully place TIAH as a power for professionalism in agriculture and horticulture. 

“It has been below Janet’s skilled management that TIAH has emerged as a key organisation to drive expertise, coaching and improvement throughout the trade. On behalf of the Board and the employees staff at TIAH, I congratulate Janet on this excellent and really well-deserved award.”

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