To achieve the exacting standards we have set ourselves, we draw our judging panel from a broad cross-section of the food and drink sector covering all major disciplines. Their wide and varied skillsets and expertise are fundamental to the credibility of our Awards and ensure that the impartiality of our process is always upheld. The expertise of the panel should give assurance to entrants that their products will receive a balanced, fair and thorough assessment and feedback.

Bruce Langlands

Judging Chair

Former Harrods & Selfridges Board Director

Stephen Brown

Head of Food Service

CJ Lang & Son

Vanessa Brown

Head of Business Services

The Vegetarian Society

Geraldine Bruce

Buyer

Sainsbury’s

Kevin Buchan

Divisional Ranging Manager – North

Co-op

Jamie Buchanan

Go Local Project Director

SGF

Bart Bukowski

Head of Food & Beverage

National Trust for Scotland

Michelle Charrington

Business Development Director

Invest Northern Ireland

Ashley Connolly

Local Buying Manager

Asda

Frank Coughlan

Executive Chef

Baxter Storey

Lorna Davidson

CEO

redwigwam

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies

Founder & Director

Contigo Management

Fraser Docherty

Creative Ops Director

Go Forth

Ruth Dolby

Co-Founder

Food Science Fusion

Jim Eccleston

Managing Partner

56 Degrees Insight

Keith Fernie

Managing Director

David’s Kitchen

Andrew Firth

Owner

Herbie of Edinburgh

Jenny Galletly

Former Product Developer – M&S 

Chris Hewitt

Trading Director

United Wholesale Scotland

Alan Irvine

Owner

The Scottish Gantry

Steph Johnstone

Head of Buying & Purchasing

The Cress Company

Hugh Lightbody

Chief Officer

Business Gateway

Victoria Lockie

Head of Retail

Nisa Retail

Paul Mason

Creative Director

Go Forth

Kate McCrae Graham

Operations Director

Co-op

Margaret McSorley Walker

Director

Scotch Cross

Julie Mills

Food & Drink Consultant

Shrewd Foodie

John Murray

Director

Highland Food & Drink Club

David Orr

Director

David Orr Sales & Marketing

Catherine Parkin

CEO

redwigwam

Karen Peattie

Freelance Journalist

Ramone Robertson

Director

Huffmans

Vhari Russell

Managing Director

The Food Marketing Group

Danny Scobie

Head of Food To Go

Scotmid

Katharine Shiply

Food & Drink Consultant

Food Curious

Colin Smith

Chief Executive

SWA

Duncan Stewart

Managing Partner

56 Degrees Insight

Neil Turton

Wholesale/C-Store Food & Drink non exec

Steve Wallace

Director

Wallace Partnership

Viki Wilkinson

Category buyer

Country Range

Laura Wyness

Scottish Representative

The Association for Nutrition