Sir David Tang
He was due to take a place at the judging table for these awards, so the COUNTRY LIFE team and fellow judges were left bereft at the news of Sir David’s death this summer. The prominent entrepreneur was well known for his lively spirit, intelligence, generosity and extensive charitable work. The chief executive officer of Fortnum & Mason, Ewan Venters, spoke for everyone when he said that, without Sir David, the ‘world is a little duller’. A gentleman to the last.