David Black Award

Nominations are open for the David Black Award 2023.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE | Entries close Thursday 31 August. 

The David Black Award has been honouring exceptional contributions to the pig industry for over 60 years. Inspired by the East Anglian pig farmer of the same name, this prestigious accolade is awarded to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding impact on the British Pig Sector through their work.

The award has previously celebrated those from across the industry, including producers, processors, academics and the allied industry. AHDB is proudly sponsoring the award again in 2022.

Angela Christison, AHDB Pork Strategy director and chair of the independent judging panel, commented: “The David Black Award has huge historic importance and is as relevant today as over 60 years ago. Excellent nutrition has never been so vital for the health and wellbeing of the nation, and so many are working hard to keep producing, processing and promoting English pig meat.

Celebrating the extraordinary impact of individuals or groups of people that represent the best of our industry is essential at any time, but never more so than in the current climate.”

2022 Winner, Zoe Davies

Zoe Davies being presented with the David Black Award by Farming Minister Mark Spencer, at the National Pig Awards 2022. 

Zoe Davies has been awarded the David Black Award in recognition of her huge contribution to the pig industry over the years. 

Zoe, who worked for the NPA for 14 years, including eight at the helm before leaving to become the NFU’s Eastern regional director in the summer of 2022, received the award from Farming Minister Mark Spencer. The accolade is awarded to an individual or organisation that has had an outstanding impact on the British pig sector, and Zoe was an extremely popular winner. 

Mike Sheldon, AHDB Pork Sector Council chair, said Zoe received numerous nominations for the award and was ‘an extremely worth winner, having done so much for the industry during her tenure with the NPA’. “Her extraordinary contribution is justly recognised with this accolade,” he said. 

Zoe, who spent three years at BQP and worked for Defra for six years before joining the NPA, said she was deeply moved to have been honoured with this prestigious award, following so many high-profile and worthy industry recipients from the past. “To join this impressive list, which contains many people that I admire greatly, means so much, especially as I only ever considered that I was simply doing my best for an industry that I love,” she said. 


Previous David Black Award Winners

2021 Prof Jim Scudamore 

2020 Marcus Bates

2019 Richard Lister

2018 Mick Sloyan

2017 Charlie Allen

2016 Susanna Williamson

2015 Andrew Knowles

2014 Ladies in Pigs

2013 Pete Bown

2012 Heather Jenkins

2011 Paul Toplis

2010 Meryl Ward

2009 Prof Sandra Edward

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