Avara Foods technical field manager Hannah Cargill has won the 2023 Meat Business Women’s ‘One to Watch’ award.

The awards, in its fifth year, aims to recognise and celebrate young, ambitious women making their mark in the meat industry.

Meat Business Women said Cargill stood out from the eight finalists this year for her “vision to help create an industry fit for the future and by nominating herself for the prize”.

Judges also remarked on her resilience, and said they found it truly inspirational to interview her.

“The judges also commented that she had very clear aspirations for her career, combined with a commercial mindset and a strong drive, it is clear she will be strong leader in the future,” Meat Business Women said.

This year’s judges included: Margaret Boanas, chair of the International Meat Trade Association; Lucianne Allen, director at Aubrey Allen; Sean Dean, Bord Bia; and Jamilla Gordon, CEO of Lumachain.

Cargill received a £4,000 investment prize into her personal development and all 50 applications to the awards this year will receive personalised feedback on their applications.

Commenting on applications to this year’s award, Harriet Wilson, partnership director at Meat Business Women, said: “The calibre of applicants was so high this year, with strong representation from across the supply chain which is so encouraging for the future of the industry.

“Hannah showed total dedication and passion, so we’re extremely proud to name her our winner,” she added.