16/12/2016 00:12
Written by anonymous

Being chair of our fantastic association is beginning to feel like the norm now.  It really is a privilege to be able to work with such amazing people and to be able to represent you all at some special events and in conversation with some really interesting and influential people.

It is doubly exciting that I am chair at a time when LACA are undertaking our biggest ever piece of industry research in to the impact of UIFSM on our children’s health and attainment.  We introduced the research at our Autumn Seminar at the Hilton Warwick on November 11th.  It will commence from January for a year so look out for updates on progress during 2017, particularly at key LACA national events.

At the seminar, we also announced the launch of the secondary school makeover we will be running during 2017.  Click here for more info and/or to nominate a school.

The month had started with our annual National School Meals Week.  Another great week was organised with all sorts of things going on around the country including many school chefs cooking in kitchens of famous chefs or venues.  My highlight was attending the Houses of parliament where we served a wonderful school meal for MP’s, Lords and a number of VIP’s.  Thank you to everyone involved in helping to make this and all the NSMW activities a success.  Click here for a report on the weeks activities.

The day before the Autumn seminar we had a LACA directors board meeting followed by a meeting with our partners.  As always these were very useful and constructive as we plan for next year.

On November 16th I attended the West Midlands region training and development day as I continue my tour of the UK meeting and listening to our members.  Another successful event; it’s very worthwhile getting opinions from around the country that I can take back to the board to help with our activity planning.

I also met with some key MP’s during the month (Sharon Hodgson (15th), Alberto Costa and Edward Timpson (22nd)) and had some constructive conversations that will hopefully result in more activity with them in 2017.

Thank you to Lin O’Brien and Peter McGrath who stood in for me on 2 different panels at Food Matters Live on November 23rd and 24th respectively.  I look forward to hearing from them on what was discussed.

Finally, huge congratulations to Lin O’Brien who picked up her incredibly well deserved MBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on November 11th.