Meat Business Women Welcomes Royalty

August 7, 2020 By 0 Comments

Meat Business Women…The Conference 2019 took place yesterday on Tuesday 14th May at Painters Hall, London to a sell out audience of over 180 delegates.

Attendees heard from industry royalty, American Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Temple Grandin, who had flown in from the US specially to address the event and spoke to the audience about the different roles women play within the meat industry and how to address those challenges on a daily basis.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss spoke about the future of our industry, particularly the opportunities and challenges we face in the post Brexit era. This was coupled with fascinating perspective about how to operate effectively in a male dominated arena.

The group were then addressed by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who delivered an insight into animal production systems and the importance of groups such as Meat Business Women to inspire the future generation of talent in the industry.

Laura Ryan (Chair of Meat Business Women) said “feedback from the event has been phenomenal, with industry stakeholders telling us the event was the best conference they’d attended in several years, so we are already planning our next forum which will place in London on 2nd October.”

The event also witnessed the announcement that Meat Business Women UK would expand to include Ireland with Lisa Hand of Dunbia Meats joining the committee. The first Irish event will take place later this year and HRH Princess Royal commented on the huge importance of including Ireland within the initiative.

Other speakers included:

· Ursula Lavery (Technical and R&D Director Europe, Moy Park), Making a Global Impact

· Teresa Exelby (People Director, Morrisons Manufacturing), Working with Purpose

· Phil Hadley (International Development Director, AHDB) Trading Across the World

· Sophie Devonshire (CEO The Caffeine Partnership & Lead at Speed author), How to Lead at Speed

· Mel Wombwell & Kylie Roberts (SHIFT unlimited), Mentoring in Action