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Revealed – Our Excellence Award Winners

2020 is an exciting year for Verner Wheelock. It’s the year we celebrate 30 years in business! It’s also our 5th annual Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards.

Over the past 30 years we have been privileged to train thousands of students from food and drink manufacturers, caterers, retailers and packaging companies both large and small. Training takes place here in our training centre in Skipton, or at customers’ own premises. We’ve even provided training overseas!

What are the Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards?

The Verner Wheelock Excellence Awards recognise delegates who have been outstanding in the fields of HACCP, Food Safety and Auditing during the previous 12 months. We also present a Company Award, Ethical Award and Individual Excellence Award.

What’s the criteria? Well, the HACCP, auditing and food safety students of the year 2019 have demonstrated an exceptionally high level of competence and understanding during advanced level training in their subject. The practical application of these skills will have made a significant impact on their day-to-day operations. This aptitude for HACCP, food safety and auditing skills is also reflected in impressive examination results.

This year’s winners are:

HACCP Student of the Year 2019

Kathryn Bird

Food Safety Student of the Year 2019

Chi-wai Man

Pictured with Claire Lennon, VWA Business Development Manager

Auditing Student of the Year 2019

Yibo (Becky) Huang

Tangerine Confectionery

Pictured with Alison Wheelock, VWA Managing Director

Individual Excellence Award 

To receive this award the individual has shown genuine enthusiasm and interest in the training provided. They may have overcome challenges to achieve their qualification and might not necessarily have attained the highest mark in the examination. However, they have an obvious passion for developing and maintaining a HACCP system or a Food Safety culture within their company and have participated fully in the interactive elements of the training, sharing their knowledge and experience with fellow delegates.

Individual Excellence Award 2019

Pio De Gama


All the above received a trophy, certificate and £250 off any open or in-house training with Verner Wheelock.

Company Excellence Award

The business receiving the Company Excellence Award has demonstrated a commitment to a culture of continuous improvement in food safety throughout their organisation. Their structured approach to training ensures that staff, from new starters to management, have an understanding of Food Safety, HACCP and Auditing skills at a level appropriate to their role. Delegates from the company have undertaken a variety of different training courses with Verner Wheelock to enable them to perform their jobs to the best of their ability and progress their careers within the food industry.

Company Excellence Award 2019

Morrisons plc

Ethical Excellence Award 2019

This award was introduced in 2018, as the number of ethical audits Verner Wheelock has conducted has grown exponentially over the past few years. As the title of the award suggests, it is given to a company which has really embraced the values of the Ethical Trading Initiative. It has performed extremely well in its recent ethical audit with few, if any, non-conformances and excellent examples of good practice.

Ethical Excellence Award 2019

Cranswick Gourmet Bacon

The Team with their award

The winners of the Company and Ethical Excellence Awards each receive a trophy, certificate and £500 to spend on training or audits with Verner Wheelock.

Could you be the next award-winner? Book a training course with us and you could be selected. View our latest training calendar here.