The Judging

All written entries will be judged against the set criteria as outlined in the entry form by our exclusive panel of expert judges. From this three finalists in each category will be chosen


Meet the Judges


Guy Poskitt, Managing Director of Mark H Poskitt Ltd 

Guy has run and grown a successful farming business in Yorkshire for over 30 years taking the business from a relatively small arable Farm to a large scale vegetable producer farming over 6000 ac employing 300 people with a turnover of £35 million. Guy has won several awards including farmers weekly farmer of the year 2012 and northern farming awards arable farmer of the year 2017. Guy has had several roles in the National Farmers Union and was national horticulture and potato chairman. He is looking for entrants that have shown initiative, embraced technology, focused and understanding costs and above all strives to continue to improve reducing unit costs and growing sales.

Chris Clayton, Managing Director of Agrovista

Chris has 30 years industry experience with Syngenta and its former parent companies in domestic and international roles and has been MD of Agrovista since March 2015. Chris is looking for entrants that have shown originality, proven business model, entrepreneurship and tenacity.

The Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE

Holbeach born John left school at 17 and became a key player in building Taylors Bulbs the family bulb growing and farming business into the UK’s largest bulb supplier.

Active in the Party all his adult life he has been a Parliamentary Candidate, Chairman of the Conference in 1987 and a Deputy Chairman of the Party including a period under Theresa May’s Chairmanship.

He was made a life peer in 2006 and joined the opposition front bench almost immediately as agricultural and environment spokesman.

As a result of success in the 2010 election he was appointed a whip and spokesman for the Cabinet Office and then as Lords Defra Minister in 2011. In 2012 he moved to the Home Office again under Theresa May. He became a Privy Councillor and was made Chief Whip in the Lords by David Cameron in 2014, a key position in getting legislation through the House and one which he is proud still to hold.

Meurig Raymond


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