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Scottish Rural Awards - Judges

 

THE JUDGES FOR THE SCOTTISH RURAL AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

 

RICHARD BATH

The editor of Scottish Field and Scotland on Sunday’s Restaurant Reviewer for the past 13 years, Richard Bath has a good working knowledge of the rural economy and particularly its hospitality sector. A former judge of Taste of Grampian and The Thistle Awards, he is widely-travelled throughout Scotland and is a keen country sportsman.

 

JAMIE STEWART

Currently the Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland Jamie has worked within wildlife and land management sector for over twenty years. Developing and delivering significant projects under the Rural Development Programme both in Scotland and England, Jamie brings a broad knowledge on issues and challenges affecting rural enterprise and is a very welcome addition to the judging panel.

 

RORY KENNEDY

He brings a broad range of experience to the judging panel, with many years working in raising finance, business planning and strategy for a range of private and public sector bodies. This includes working with angel investment syndicates, regional development funds as well as advising on a number economic development projects; including the Moray Task Force, regional infrastructure investment projects and the privatisation of the Cairngorm Mountain resort. He also holds trustee and non executive director positions within the arts and cultural charity sector.

 

CHARLIE SHENTALL

Development Manager for the Scottish Countryside Alliance and project manager for Routes to Rural Employment, Charlie is a former Country House Hotelier and Managing Director of Irvine Robertson Wines as well as Regional Director of a Special Needs Housing Charity.

 

PADDY CRERAR

Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels,

Paddy Crerar is a high-achieving & well-respected hotelier in the Scottish hospitality industry. His hospitality career began as a junior in a small hotel chain. Through hard work & dedication, Paddy became MD of this hospitality business - expanding operations to 28 hotels before selling in 2005.

In 2006 Crerar Management ltd was formed taking on a recovery role for a portfolio of hotels (40) in financial distress. From that Crerar Hotels was launched and is the core of Paddy's business today with Crerar Hotels now owners of 11 hotels in Scotland and 1 in Yorkshire. In addition to being CEO of Crerar Hotels, Paddy is Chair of easy-breaks.com which promotes and markets over 600 hotels throughout the UK.

 A Trustee of HIT Scotland since 2002 and now The Chair from April 2013, Paddy is a strong supporter of the hospitality industry with roles including being a Director of Visit Scotland and Chair of The Crerar Hotels Trust.