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Mark is elected Chairman of the Butchers Q Guild.
Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull, who runs Turnbull's Butchers in Alnwick, has been elected national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild.
He was appointed at the Guilds annual meeting in York (4.02.15) and takes over from West Yorkshire butcher Brindon Addy, who has completed three years at the helm of the industry-leading organisation, founded in 1986 and now representing 110 award-winning butchers from the Scottish Highlands to the south coast. All are at the top end of their game.
Born and bred in Alnwick, Mark, 43, left the towns Duchess High School as a 16-year-old in 1987 to join the family business. It was established in 1880 by his great, great grandfather Roger Turnbull, has since been run by successive generations of the Turnbull family and remains one of Alnwicks oldest surviving businesses.
Fifth generation butcher Mark joined his father John in running the Market Street shop In 2005, taking over the reins in his own right in 2011. His 24-year-old son Daniel became the sixth generation to join the family firm in 2012 after graduating from Loughborough University.
Turnbulls has won multiple awards over the years, including becoming North of England Butchers Shop of the Year for two years running in 2010 and 2011, though Mark reckons own personal highlight was when the shop was chosen as supreme champion in the Q Guilds own Smithfield Awards, one of the most stringent product evaluation contests in the land.
The business joined the Q Guild in 1997 and Mark was appointed north-east regional chairman and national vice-chairman in 2012. He, too, will serve as national chairman for three years is also chairman of the Guilds Technical Advisory Committee.
Mark said: "It is a great honour to be elected national chairman. The Q Guild brand remains a seal of excellence, with its unique network and infrastructure promoting and encouraging the open exchange of advice and ideas between like-minded businesses."
"We are here to help each other and since we joined our own business has come on in leaps and bounds. In fact, we have flourished and prospered on the back of it. I am passionate about everything and I have met so many new people and picked up so many new ideas. It is all down to the Guild and what I have seen and learned that has allowed Turnbulls to step up to a different level.
"While thanking all Guild members - both butchers and others from the corporate sector – for their continuing support, Mark, in his new keynote role as chair, issued a clarion call to existing members to become more involved.
He stressed: "I am a great believer that you only ever get out of an organisation such as ours what you put into it. I would like to see more of our members attend their local meetings and take part in our annual National Barbecue Competition and Smithfield Awards in order to gain even more benefit from the pioneering way we share our knowledge and expertise.
"We have all got businesses to run, but that little bit of extra effort and participation could go a long, long way. That is my rallying cry for the immediate future."
Outgoing chairman Brindon Addy, whose newly extended shop is in Hade Edge, near Holmfirth, joined the Q Guild in 1998. He was elected chairman of the north-east region in 2005, national vice-chair in 2010 and national chairman two years later. As retiring chairman, Brindon continues to serve on the executive committee.
He too sang the praises of Q Guild membership, stating: "It has proved of tremendous benefit, being both aspirational and inspirational in equipping our business with new ideas and new goals to aim for.
"We would not have been where we are today had it not been for membership of the Q Guild. In fact, we use the Guilds quality manual as our own business manual. We regard it as the benchmark for our industry sector.
"There is little doubt that our organisation remains in great heart and in good hands with Mark Turnbull at the helm. He has a true passion for the industry, underpinned by his own business, which represents everything the Q Guild stands for.
"Mark has become increasingly involved with the Guild in recent years and his appointment is richly deserved. He has a solid foundation to build on and I am sure he, with the full support of the executive and our membership in general, will make some impressive changes."
Mr Turnbull in turn paid tribute to the sterling work and major achievements of his predecessor. He said: "During his three-year tenure as chairman, Brindon has done such a great deal to raise the profile of the Q Guild and our industry in general. He has been both a superb ambassador for the Guild and a true champion of great British butchery. I am sure he will continue to have much to offer."
One things for sure, he is a hard act to follow and I just hope I can continue in the same vein, though it helps a great deal when I know I have the full backing of the loyal and committed Turnbulls team.
"The new national vice-chairman is Ilkley butcher David Lishman, who has also been elected north-east regional chairman. A member of the Q Guild since 1997, David is one of the most recognisable faces in British butchery and captain of the British Tri-Nations Butchery team. "I look forward to supporting Mark in his role as national chairman," he said.