Rachel Heath is the 2020 winner of the Gary Baker Award
Published on: 8 December 2020
Having faced competition from 12 other candidates, seven of whom were short-listed for the final interview. Rachel Heath has been confirmed as the winner of the Gary Baker Award for 2020.
The Gary Baker Award was established to honour the memory of the late Gary Baker. The endowment through which the Award is made is the gift of the Baker Family and is administered by The Worshipful Company of Butchers.
The purpose of the Award is to financially support the final year academic studies of an undergraduate student at Harper Adams University, and, specifically, a student who has taken an industrial placement period in the UK’s red meat sector.
Who is the 2020 winner?
Rachel grew up on a mixed beef and dairy farm and chose to study BSc (Hons) Agri-business at Harper Adams University. She was able to spend her third year (a compulsory placement year) with Cranswick Food Plc and described the experience as "phenomenal" saying that "the whole supply chain process 'from farm to fork', the insight and career experience this opportunity has given me into meat processing, the red meat sector and agri-food supply chain is invaluable."
Rachel is now in her final year and plans to apply for a graduate trainee scheme with a major beef processing company.
She plans to use the money from the award to travel to the US to learn more about beef production in another part of the world.