I’ve really settled in to the role now and am thoroughly enjoying representing LACA in all sorts of ways. As always there are many challenges, not least of which is the ongoing plans to ensure we retain UIFSM.
LACA are taking a very proactive lead in trying to provide the industry with the necessary research and information to ensure that this vital policy is retained and much of my month was spent working with our advisors Oakhill Communications on putting some plans together. Find out about the plans and aims and objectives by attending the LACA National Seminar on November 11th.
Elsewhere I had another fascinating month that started with a visit to the fabulous Northbury Primary School in Barking and Dagenham, who were practising preparing the meal that they would be serving to MP’s and guests at the House of Commons during National School Meals Week. It was a fantastic tasting and I know they’ll do a great job on the day.
The following day (October 6th) I was heading up the M1 to join our colleagues from the National Association of Care Catering at the annual Training and Development Forum. A great couple of days were spent there with some new and some old faces from the industry, I think it is amazing and extremely useful the way public sector catering associations are collaborating and sharing best practice, long may it last.
17th of the month I found myself at the Educatering Awards, celebrating much that is great about our industry. There were some very deserving winners, but the most notable congratulations should go to our very own Neil Porter who picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award just a handful of days after winning an FSM Catey. There are many outstanding people in our industry, but Neil really deserves this recognition for all he does for us all.
Finally, I attended 2 LACA regional events in October. On 19th of October I presented my plans as Chair to my own region (London and the South East) at our annual Expo. I intend to visit all regions during my tenure so expect to see me at an event you are attending in the next 9 or 10 months. I started that tour by attending the LACA Wales Recognition of Excellence Awards on the 20th at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel. A stunning and incredibly well attended evening; which really showcased how robust the school catering industry is in Wales. The evening was extra special for me as being Welsh myself it truly felt like going home!
So, on to November, NSMW, LACA Autumn Seminar, School Food APPG, Food Matters Live and much more, look out early December for my next diary.