Margaret Boanas, Master 2021-22

WCB Master Margaret Boanas

Margaret was born in Grimsby and, due to her father’s job as an EHO moved around until the age of eight, when the family settled in rural North Yorkshire. She attended Whitby Grammar School followed by Sheffield Polytechnic and gained an HND Business Studies.

On leaving education in 1974 Margaret joined Batchelors Foods (Unilever) as Assistant Meat Buyer. Encouraged to continue her development in the meat industry, she moved to Smithfield Meat Market and joined CDB Meats (Unigate) as a Meat Trader. Margaret was introduced to the world of the International Trade, which included a six-month sabbatical in Australia.

In 1984 she moved to one of the leading privately owned trading companies, Transoceanic Meat Co until retiring in 2018. During this time, the industry went through some major changes and they were very interesting times. It was during these years that Margaret became a Board Member of The International Meat Trade Association (IMTA) and a Board Member of European Livestock and Trade Union (UECBV). She was also actively involved in family and community, as a School Governor and Youth Club leader. Margaret was clothed into the Livery in September 1997.

Appointed Chairman of IMTA in 2015, she formed part of a small team dealing with the many challenges facing the meat sector over the last few years. From 2015-2020, Margaret was also appointed Vice President responsible for International Trade at UECBV a role which brought her into close contact with The EU Commission, Ministers and Ambassadors around the globe. She remains an active member of the Board.

Margaret married Tony Evans in 1982 who has also worked in the food sector, specifically sugar. They have two daughters, Izzi who graduated from Cambridge with an Engineering MSc and is an Assistant Principal at a London Academy, and Phoebe who graduated from Durham in Modern Languages, Arabic & French and works at the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office.

In any downtime Margaret will be found in the garden or travelling, particularly to the Island of Bequia.