New appointment shows Mark is a cut above the rest

Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull, centre, newly-appointed chairman of the  Butchers Q Guild, is congratulated by outgoing chairman Brindon Addy, joined by new national vice-chairman David Lishman.
Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull, centre, newly-appointed chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, is congratulated by outgoing chairman Brindon Addy, joined by new national vice-chairman David Lishman.

Butcher Mark Turnbull has taken one of the industry’s top honours.

He has been elected chairman of the Butchers Q Guild, which represents award-winning butchers the length of Britain, at an awards ceremony in York.

Mark, 43, was born and bred in Alnwick and joined the family business, Turnbull’s Butchers, at 16, after leaving the Duchess’s Community High School in 1987.

Turnbull’s, one of Alnwick’s oldest surviving businesses, was established in 1880 by Mark’s great-great grandfather, Roger Turnbull, and has since been run by successive generations of the Turnbull family.

Fifth-generation butcher Mark joined his father, John, in running the Market Street shop in 2005 and took over in 2011. In 2012, his 24-year-old son, Daniel, became the sixth-generation to join the firm.

Turnbull’s joined the Q Guild in 1997 and Mark was appointed North East regional chairman and national vice-chairman in 2012. He is is also chairman of the Guild’s technical advisory committee.

Turnbull’s won the North of England Butchers Shop of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was chosen as supreme champion in the Q Guild’s Smithfield Awards.

Mark said. “It is a great honour to be elected national chairman. The Q Guild brand remains a seal of excellence, with its unique network and infrastructure promoting and encouraging the open exchange of advice and ideas between like-minded businesses.”

Mark issued a clarion call to existing members to become more involved.

He said: “I am a great believer that you only ever get out of an organisation such as ours what you put into it.

“I would like to see more members attend local meetings and take part in our annual National Barbecue Competition and Smithfield Awards.”