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.