North East Awards

Each year the Society brings together a panel from a range of leading organisations in the North East to help it to honour individuals who have been nominated for Outstanding Service to Agriculture.  Anyone may put forward nominations and four winners are selected annually.  The presentations are made in association with key sponsors at the Royal Northern Awards Lunch in November.  On this distinguished occasion the Society also recognises three promising agricultural students and engineering apprentices.

How to nominate someone for an RNAS award

Local organisations are asked to nominate individuals for these awards and provide citations supporting the nominations.  Individuals may also nominate others and provide citations.  Selection is based on the information provided in the citation.  Each citation should be limited to two sides of A4 and include:

  · The award they are nominated for

  · An outline of what the nominee has done

  · Why the nominee deserves the award

Those seeking assistance in drafting citations are welcome to contact the RNAS Secretary in confidence.  The citations of successful nominees will be made available to speakers before the Awards Ceremony.  

The Awards Lunch is always a very well attended function where all are welcome to attend.

Download a list of past award recipients below

Award Winners 2018

Public Award


Presented to a public figure or personality for Services to Agriculture. 

Pictured: The Press & Journal's Gemma Mackenzie presenting the Public Award to Graham Bruce, managing director of Ringlink.

Local Award


Presented to a non-public figure who has in their own way made an outstanding contribution to progress in the industry.

Pictured: Pete Watson of ANM Group presenting the Local Award to David Smith of Cloffrickford Farm, Auchnagatt.

David Argo Award


Presented to an "Unsung Hero" employed in the agricultural sector who merits particular recognition but who might not qualify for the other awards.  This award was donated by the Argo family in memory of the late David Argo, a former President of RNAS.  

Pictured:  RNAS President Rodney Blackhall presenting the David Argo Award to north-east pig industry stalwart James Buckingham.

Under 35 Award


Presented to a person under 35 years of age who has shown significant achievement and contribution in agriculture.

The 2018 Under 35 Award was presented to agricultural mechanic Stuart Duncan from Redhouse Farm, Tullynessle.

Agricultural Apprentice Award


Eileen Brown of Turriff Agri Parts presenting the Agricultural Apprentice Award to Martyn Burnett of Dennyvale, Oyne.

Student Award


Brian Richardson of the Clydesdale Bank presenting the student award for farmer's son or daughter working at home to Rebecca Bradley of Clashindarroch Cottage, Gartly.

Student Award


The award for a student employed outwith the home was presented to Aberdeen & Northern Marts trainee auctioneer James Scott of The Rothes, Maud.