ANM Group auctioneer takes home Rising Star award at the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Posted: May 16, 2024

Aberdeen & Northern Marts trainee auctioneer was awarded the rising star award at the North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards last week.

The annual event delivered by Opportunity North East (ONE) in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, was held at Meldrum House on Thursday 9th May. The awards, which have been running for over 30 years, aim to celebrate excellence and innovation in the North East Scotland’s vital food and drink sector.

Fraser Chapman regularly auctioneers at the weekly cattle and sheep sales at Thainstone alongside canvassing for stock across Alford, Deeside and the Isle of Uist, visiting farms and regularly talking to customers. Fraser is also training to become a fully qualified auctioneer and currently studying Livestock Market Operations and Management at Harper Adams University, in which he recently became an associate of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) after completing his first 2 years of the course.

The judges highlighted Fraser’s clear vision of his career pathway, including ensuring that the sector, which can sometimes be challenging, is represented in a positive way and was impressed that he recognised the social aspect of his work, engaging with clients during farm visits, being mindful of mental health and social skills.

Fraser Chapman said: “It was fantastic to take home the Rising Star award last Thursday. Working within an industry that plays a vital role within the local economy, it is great to be recognised and I remain committed to representing our sector, engaging with clients, promoting mental health awareness and inspiring the future generations. Well done to everyone involved and to all the award winners.”

Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive at ANM Group said: “We are delighted that Fraser has been recognised at the North East Food & Drink Awards, which is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the role. We are extremely proud of the professionalism of our auctioneers and the important role they play within the food supply chain and also the social aspect and wellbeing of our members and customers. Congratulations to Fraser and all the other award winners on the night.”