Head Judge
Jane Milton

55 North will be ably supported in the judging process for the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards by a very large team of highly respected, independent food and drink experts, led by internationally renowned food industry expert Jane Milton. A Scot who is very passionate about Scottish food and drink producers, Jane will develop the judging processes, brief the judges and ensure that the independence and rigour of the judging process is upheld and that all judges’ opinions carry equal weight. Jane will also oversee the all-important process of ensuring that feedback to all entrants is full and robust in relation to all aspects of the Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards.

Awards Ambassador
Bruce Langlands

Our official Ambassador is the hugely respected figure of Bruce Langlands, a former Director of Foods at Harrods and Director of Food & Hospitality at Selfridges. Throughout his thirty year career in food Bruce has worked closely with suppliers developing their products and businesses within the UK, Ireland and Europe. This year he along with 19 other industry experts was made an icon of the food industry in the UK.

Senior Judge
Debbie Davies

An agile category and insight expert, who works across a wide-range of product sectors. Debbie founded Contigo Management over 11 years ago out of a desire to deliver relevant insights and strategies in the food industry, blending the needs and wants of consumers and those of retailers and food outlets. With a proven track record of adding value, she and her team unlock business potential by working with you to bring consumer insight to the heart of your thinking. Contigo’s client base includes major UK grocery multiples, their suppliers as well as established and start-up FMCG brands. As a seasoned foodie, Debbie is looking forward to applying her wealth of experience to the judging process, knowing that her passion to discover and consume great products is mirrored by the Scottish people.

  • Eimear Andersen – Managing Owner & Independent Trade PR specialist, Tansor PR
  • Melissa Aplin – Marketing Manager, Reflex Group
  • Rowan Beattie – Junior Buyer – Local, Co–Op
  • Roger Bennett – Premium Drinks Labels & Packaging, Scotland, Reflex Group
  • Stephen Brown – Head of Food Services, SPAR Scotland
  • Vanessa Brown – Head of Corporate Relations and Catering Services, The Vegetarian Society
  • Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne – Founder and Board Director, Genius Foods
  • Kevin Buchan – Divisional Ranging Manager – North, Co–Op
  • Jamie Buchanan – Go Local Project Director
  • Amanda Butler – Marketing Specialist, Neon Thistle
  • Michelle Charrington – Business Development Director, Invest Northern Ireland
  • Pete Cheema – Chief Executive, SGF
  • Richard Collins – Trading Director, SPAR Scotland
  • Frank Coughlan – Executive Chef, Baxter Storey
  • Jeanette Crane – Retail Director, Graphic Packaging
  • Sarah Crawford – CAMRA’s National Executive
  • Luke Crighton – Owner, Independent Spirit Ambassadors
  • Lorna Davidson – CEO, redwigwam
  • Ruth Dolby – Co–Founder, Food Science Fusion
  • Jim Eccleston – Managing Partner, 56 Degrees Insight
  • Andy Hardy – Former Director within the Leisure, Events and Venues division, Compass UK
  • Ewan Henderson – Founder at Hendo Talks
  • Chris Hogg – Co–Owner, Harris & Co
  • Lynsey Hogg – Co–Owner, Harris & Co
  • Jonathan Kemp – CAMRA’s National Executive
  • Paul Lettice – Communications & Marketing Consultant
  • Dr Lucy MacLellan – Nutritionist
  • Aidan Marshall – Cail Bruich Company
  • Jane McLaughlin – Marketing Manager, Graphic Packaging International
  • Colin McLean – SPAR Scotland
  • Margaret McSorley Walker – Director, Scotch Cross
  • Emma Mitchell – ELM Business Consultancy
  • Katy Moses – Founder & MD, KAM Media
  • John Murray – Director, Highland Food & Drink Club
  • Catherine Parkin – CEO, redwigwam.com
  • Rakhee Percy – Global Marketing Manager, Graphic Packaging International
  • Vhari Russell – Managing Director, Food Marketing Experts
  • Duncan Stewart – Managing Partner, 56 Degrees Insight
  • Georgia Townend – Strategy and Brand, Lidl GB
  • Dr Laura Wyness – Nutritionist
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