The other contenders – selected by the Food Manufacture editorial team – are: James Lambert, chief executive of Europe’s largest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R Icecream, Professor July Buttriss, director general British Nutrition Foundation and TV chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
We need your help to select a winner – someone who has done the most over the past year to raise the profile of the food and drink industry.
So, please click through our photo gallery and make your selection. Food manufacturing needs heroes. We believe any of our candidates would be a worthy winner but who would you choose?