Trainee auctioneer, Fraser Chapman went home in style from the North East Scotland Food and Drink awards having won the Rising Star award.

The Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Group young star who regularly auctioneers at cattle and sheep sales at Thainstone alongside canvassing for stock across Alford, Deeside and the Isle of Uist, came out top at annual event delivered by Opportunity North East (ONE) in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council.

The awards, staged at Meldrum House have been running for more than 30 years, and aim to celebrate excellence and innovation in the North East Scotland’s food and drink sector.

Fraser is 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 two years of the course.

The judges highlighted Fraser’s clear vision of his career pathway, including ensuring that the sector 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: β€œIt was fantastic to take home the Rising Star award. 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.”

Grant Rogerson, chief executive at ANM Group said: β€œWe are delighted that Fraser has been recognised at the North East Food and 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.”