The Campbell family egg dynasty has another winner – Karen Campbell was recently given a prestigious egg industry award by the Poultry Club of Scotland at its annual dinner in Dunblane Hydro Hotel.

This was the 25th anniversary of the club – started by the late Tom Howie, of Lainshaw Farm Eggs and the late Dennis Surgenor, who ran Scottish Egg Producer Retailers Association (SEPRA) and their cup, presented for 'Outstanding contribution to the Scottish poultry industry' was presented to Karen in front of 270 guests.

She was lauded for her unstinting work for the industry and 'had a major impact in the development of the layer and packing sector in Scotland and the UK, supplying many of the major supermarkets with their own branding' said the citation.

It added: "By having such an extensive knowledge of many aspects of the poultry sector, she has used her skills to develop a nationally respected and market leading brands. She has exceptional technical knowledge, experience and insight which so many of us value and have benefitted from over the years."

At the peak of a teaching career, she had an eye for business and it wasn’t long before she purchased a supermarket in Peebles. Whilst trying to juggle the pressure of teaching and running a business, it was clear that her drive was within retailing and in the mid-1990s, when Glenrath Farms was expanding at enormous speed she took on a new role within the family business in HR, which suited her skill set in training and protocol.

She was also a Nuffield Scholar, a member of the NFU poultry board and has been a committed committee member for the last 12 years with the club.