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Date: 10th October 2018

Congratulations to Richard Gardiner for winning this year’s Best Education Profession Newcomer at the Golden Apple Awards 2018.

For more than two decades, Agriculture lecturer Richard has worked in the farming industry. Starting as a farm worker at Edenhall Estates, he then travelled and worked on farms in Australia and New Zealand. Richard developed his skills even further as a livestock fieldman at what is now known as North West Auctions. He will also be known to many as the former Chairman of Penrith Show (2012-2015) where he was also joint Chief Cattle Steward and as the Young Farmer of the Year in 1994.

In 2016, Richard joined Newton Rigg College, where he was also a former student, to share his experience and knowledge with the students.

Using his industry links to support students to find work placements and set up farm visits, he enables students to see different farming systems across the County. His conscientious approach to teaching extends beyond the classroom, as he offers advice to students on livestock sourcing and starting their own business.
Richard has described as having been on a huge journey over the past couple of years, and has been praised by the rest of his team for putting in long hours of hard work to ensure the student experience is as good as it can possibly be.

The Golden Apple Awards 2018 were held at Carlisle Racecourse this year, which saw over 200 guests gathered for Cumbria's premier education, learning, training and skills awards.

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