Full line-up of care catering forum speakers released
Our Care Home and Hospital Catering Forum 2022 is just around the corner - but there’s still time to make sure you’re on the list.
The full list of speakers due to appear at our Care Home and Hospital Catering Forum 2022 has been released, with the event now just around the corner.
The forum, which will be held on Monday 13th June at Haberdashers Hall in London, will tackle some of the key issues facing care caterers and celebrate the hard work of all those in the sector. Expert speakers will share their insight into a range of topics, exhibitors will showcase latest market launches and we will be announcing the winners of our Care Home Catering Awards 2022.
As it nears, we've published the full list of speakers due to take part.
- Sue Cawthray, national chair of the National Association of Care Catering - As well as being in her third term as national chair of the NACC, Cawthray is also chief executive of Harrogate Neighbours, which provides services such as residential care and hot meal deliveries. She will examine the vital role care providers play in supporting vulnerable people and the importance of becoming a community within the wider community.
- Karen Fewell, director at Digital Blonde - Fewell helps food and drink clients understand consumer behaviour and how to apply psychological principles to business activity. She will advise caterers on how to use the psychology of social media to emotionally connect with their audiences and use the science of persuasion to achieve their desired business results.
- Ellen Fletcher, senior policy advisor at Defra - Defra's vision is that public sector food and catering is an exemplar to wider society in delivering positive health, animal welfare, environmental and socio-economic impacts. In her keynote speech, Fletcher will discuss proposed changes to Defra policy to achieve this vision, and how the policy can be applied to care and hospital catering.
- Richard Garnett, head of health and social care partnerships at The Prince's Trust - Garnett is credited with establishing the trust's first regional NHS partnership in 2009 and was later nominated for the Chairman’s Award, in recognition of his role in the development of the national partnership. He will explain the trust's work in the healthcare sector and how it can help with the ongoing recruitment crisis.
- Alex Hall, executive chef at Unilever - Hall has over 20 years of experience in food, and has spent the last six years with Unilever Food Solutions, supporting customers in the UK and Ireland. He will be exploring the increasingly important topic of food waste, looking at how we can all cut back.
- Mark Machin, food development manager at Soil Association - Machin has worked in sustainable food systems for over 15 years. His role at the Soil Association has seen his career come full circle, talking to businesses about the virtues of sourcing from certified sustainable farming systems. He will explore how shortening supply chains can boost the local economy, reduce emissions and improve food security.
- Mark Meacham, head of catering and housekeeping support services, and Chris Bonner, development chef, at HC-One - Meacham and Bonner will cover the challenges of catering for complex diets, from allergies and medical conditions to seasons and special events. They will explore how to make sure your catering is resident-centred yet efficient.
- Luke Moss, programme and development manager at Exeter College - Moss account manages local NHS trusts, supporting their apprenticeship and commercial provision. He also project manages the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme (HSSAP), which is aimed at supporting people into the sector and upskilling existing employees. Moss and his team are continuously exploring opportunities to overcome barriers to training and recruitment.
- Philip Shelley, senior operational and policy manager for NHS England and Improvement - In a joint speech with Moss, Shelley will focus on a hospital catering case study. Shelley was the chair of the NHS Food Review that was announced by the secretary of state for health and social care, following the unfortunate deaths through Listeria in 2019. He has served as national chair of the Hospital Catering Association and is also an ambassador for Love British Food, Guardians of Grub and the Spearmark Hydration Droplet.
- Kay Whiteside, Care Home Catering Awards 2020 Chef of the Year winner - Whiteside will reflect on winning her award and impressing our judges with her commitment to and results with residents during the pandemic. She has since taken on a new role as peripatetic head chef with Castlemeadow Care and is particularly passionate about IDDSI-framework food and how care caterers can achieve best results for residents with swallowing and chewing difficulties.
- Rachael Venditti, allmanhall - Business development manager and registered nutritionist Venditti will tackle the tricky issue of food inflation, one of the most pressing issues facing caterers today. Predominantly working with care groups and caterers, Venditti helps them manage change and deliver improvements to their foodservice procurement and offering.