Neel Radia named as NACC national chair
Neel Radia begins his fourth term as the NACC’s national chair and pledges to make the association an even stronger voice for the benefit of both members and the care sector
The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has announced the appointment of its new national chair, Neel Radia, whose two-year tenure officially began when the news was declared to the association’s members at the recent NACC National Training & Development Forum in Nottingham
Commenting on his appointment, Radia says: “I am humbled to be asked to take the helm again. I believe in the strength of the association, and I am committed to making it an even stronger voice for the benefit of our members and the care sector.
“We are facing some challenging times, which demand challenging solutions. I will continue to highlight the needs of the social care sector and the NACC will remain as the voice of those providing catering whether that is n residential care or at home in the community. This includes the continued demand to save our Meals on Wheels service that has so much to offer the wider society.”
This is the fourth term Radia has assumed the national chair role. He is a well-known figure in the industry with over 25 years’ experience working with wholesalers and food manufacturers within the Hospitality and the Public Sector Catering sectors, as well as undertaking leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector. Until this appointment, he was the lead for the NACC’s Meals on Wheels campaign, championing nutritional support for older and vulnerable people within the community.
Radia says he is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration in care settings. It is a topic he has addressed at national and international conferences and recently highlighted the challenges in care catering at the British Library as part of the libraries ‘Food Season’.
Radia continues: “With fresh thinking and a strategic approach, we will grow membership and the voice of the NACC will become even louder as we promote the absolute importance of good nutrition and hydration in the care sector today and in the future.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sue Cawthray, my predecessor, who has led the association over the past four years with dedication, especially during the challenging period of COVID and lockdown.
“I am ready to continue the good work. With renewed energy and creative thinking, I will deliver on my promise and together with the NACC executive board, will take our association to the next level for the ultimate benefit of all our members – and of course those entrusted to our care.”