Get your Chris Brant Award nomination in!
25th Jul 2022 / By Alistair Driver
Nominations for the 2022 Chris Brant Award are open – as the industry looks to hopour those who have gone above and beyond as the pig sector battles through its deepest crisis.
The last 12 months has seen numerous figures from set aside the challenges their own businesses face and stand up and be counted during the industry’s hour of need.
The Chris Brant Award, named after the much-loved industry campaigner, recognises those who have ‘gone the extra mile’ over the past 12 months. It could be a well-known figure or one of our industry’s many unsung heroes who have selflessly gone above and beyond in supporting others during the turmoil of the past year.
Won last year by pig vet Duncan Berkshire in recognition of his phenomenal contribution to the pig industry over the years, the winner will again be announced at the National Pig Awards in London in November.
How to nominate
Please email with your nomination and a few words explaining why you think they deserve the award.
“This award is different to the others as it is not looking at what the individual has achieved on their farm or business – but at what they have done for the wider industry, over and above the day job,” NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said.
“There are so many potential winners out there who have given so much to their industry in the most difficult of times over the past year. It is nominated and judged by industry peers, which is one reason why I was so honoured and privileged to win it in 2020.
“However, this is more about identifying those people who go above and beyond, many of whom aren’t well known and just quietly do what they do without realising the real impact they have on others’ lives.
“Let us know why you think your nominee is special, the impact they have had, and why they deserve to join such an illustrious list of previous winners!”
Chris Brant, who died in July 2009, was one of the leaders of the British Pig Industry Support Group, which ran from 1999-2001, regularly blockading retail distribution centres during those dark days and keeping a pig in Parliament Square.
Famously, in the words of Richard Longthorp, ‘hard-working, noisy, loyal and as straight as a gun barrel’, he never failed to step up to the mark when his industry needed him, characteristics that have set subsequent winners apart.
CHRIS BRANT AWARD HALL OF FAME
2021 Duncan Berkshire
2020 Zoe Davies
2019 Colin Stone
2018 Rita Wells
2017 Sam Walton
2016 Richard Lister
2016 Special award — NPA’s Georgina Crayford, Zoe Davies, Lizzie Wilson, Andrea Vickers
2015 Jimmy Butler
2014 Digby Scott
2013 Jonathan French
2012 Peter Crichton
2011 Nick White
2011 Special Award — Digby and Ann Scott
2010 Nigel Penlington
2009 Hugh Crabtree
2008 Fred Henley
2006 Richard Longthorp
2006 John Rowbottom
2004 Lynda Davies
2002 John Millard
1999 John Cusson
1999 Chris Brant