Congratulations are extended to John Walker of Calderdale Council on being named The Market Manager of the Year in the NABMA / Blachere Market Awards 2017.
At the Award Ceremony John was described as one of the cornerstones of the market industry. Someone who has had an especially keen interest in ensuring the running of markets for over 30 years and who has managed one of the most metropolitan markets portfolios for over 13 years.
It was considered that his local achievements have been in raising the quality and the profile of his market halls and open markets, in demonstrating how markets as a business are vital to their town centres in creating markets business solutions throughout the community.
His successes have been in creating initiatives for bringing young people into markets, creating linkages for partnering and supporting community organisations, in regenerating market infrastructure and in constantly facilitating others through management of the Nabma Forum and in his significant assessment role for the Diploma in Market Administration.
NABMA, Calderdale and the markets industry have much to thank him for.