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.”
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 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