Meet the judges

The learner of the year awards are judged by an independent panel with expertise in a range of industries across our sector:

  • Erika Hay (chair of the panel), agriculture and rural affairs journalist
  • Jimmy McLean is now a smallholder after a career in agricultural banking. He is currently a vice-president of RHASS and a trustee of RSABI.
  • Keith Paterson, Learning and Development Manager with Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Keith Redpath is a farmer from Kelso, Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and former chair of the CARAS Scottish panel
  • Lisa Connell, Head of Training with The Scottish Salmon Company
  • Rebecca Dawes, of Jane Craigie Marketing

We are grateful to our previous chairman Ray Jones, who has now retired from the panel.

Independent judging panel