Northern butcher takes helm at Q Guild

Northumberland butcher Mark Turnbull has been elected as the new national chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, taking over from Brindon Addy, who has been at the helm for three years.

Fifth-generation butcher Turnbull, who runs Turnbull’s Butchers in Alnwick, was appointed to the role at the Guild’s annual meeting in York last week (4 February).

His business joined the Guild in 1997 and he was appointed as north-east regional chairman and national vice-chairman in 2012.

Turnbull said it was a “great honour” to be elected as national chairman, and that his business had come on “leaps and bounds” since joining.

“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,” he said.

“We have all got businesses to run, but that little bit of extra effort and participation could go a long, long way. That’s my rallying cry for the immediate future.”

Turnbull also paid tribute to the major achievements of his predecessor Addy, who has been “a superb ambassador for the Guild, and a true champion of great British butchery”.

The new national vice-chairman is David Lishman, from Lishman’s of Ilkley, who has also been elected as north-east regional chairman.

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