Chairman of Judges David Cotton FIAgrM, FRAgS
Dairy Farmer, Bridge Farm


I am delighted to be Chairman of Judges for this year’s Cream Awards campaign.

As a judge I have always enjoyed seeing the number of entries that we get coming forward, and to wonder who will be winning the prestigious John Beckett Memorial Cup each year.
Some tough companies to follow . . .

It is always great and encouraging to see the many fantastic dairy businesses that we have in the UK, and working hard to make a success of their businesses in what has been a particularly difficult year.

Entering the Cream Awards is one of the best ways you can demonstrate the innovation, ingenuity and shear hard work that is going on across the industry – and to inspire others.


David Cotton – Bridge Farm (Chair)

Mike King – Kingspool Farming

Rob Drysdale – Vet, Dairy & Beef specialist

Nicholas Saphir – Chairman AHDB

Sean Rickard – Economist

Neil Baker – Bakers of Haselbury Plucknett

Innovation Award judges

Paul Tompkins, South Acre Farm; John Torrance, R Torrance & Son; Mark Wood, Portway Farms

Category judges:

Sherwin Moazami – Lely Atlantic

Sophie Throup – Morrisons

Jon Wilson – Yeo Valley Group; Andy King, Barrington Farm Partnership

Stuart Goodinson –De Lacy Executive

Sabrina Jordan –Krka

Gabby Emery – Buitelaar

Dr Nick Bell – Veterinary specialist

Alice Swift, Graham Wilkinson – Arla Foods

Dr Chris Bartram – Mole Valley Farmers

Michael Oakes – NFU

Abi Reader – Goldsland Farm

Becki Leach – Kite Consulting

John Reynolds – Volac International


An entry in the Cream Awards does so much for the industry. It shows what’s happening out there, the level of innovation and new ideas and thinking, it’s inspiring to others and that really is a positive force for good. It’s important to show what can be done with hard work, investment and ideas, it’s important to lead the way to a stronger dairy industry.

Enter your company or nominate someone. The campaign provides an excellent platform to shout about your business, to help you network with people and companies that can help you further your success. Our award shortlist is invited to the awards event, and after the event receive publicity in the form of article/interviews about their story.

It’s not just about winning the awards campaign really does help drive the industry forward for a better tomorrow.

2021 Cream Award Cup Winners Arla Foods

“As a cooperative, our farmers very much shape our direction and creating the future of dairy plus transforming the health of the UK are at the heart of our business agenda. As we work through the Covid-19 crisis it is more important than ever that we work together as an industry to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy and showcase our commitment to sustainability – we’re delighted with this win and that the industry recognises what it is we are trying to achieve make it all so worthwhile.” Ash Amirahmadi, MD Arla Foods

2020 Cream Award Cup Winners Volac International

“Volac is honoured to receive the John Beckett Memorial Cup, we passionately believe in the dairy industry, the benefits it can bring and it’s future.”

John Reynolds, Head of Animal Nutrition.

Winning the Cream Award for 2020, judges commented that Volac “is a truly exceptional family business and deserving winner of the Cream Award for 2020 – supportive of the UK dairy industry from the calf through to the consumer.”

2019 Cream Award Cup Winners, Wensleydale Creamery

“To win the prestigious John Beckett Memorial Cup at the 2019 Cream Awards was an outstanding achievement for our business. This award is recognized throughout the whole of the dairy industry from grass root milk supply, through the dairy supply chain, milk processors and national and international retailers. It reflects and rewards our collective efforts in supplying great products and services to our wide customer base and the contribution we make to promoting all that is great about the British dairy industry.” David Harley MD, Wensleydale Creamery