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LACA National Spring Seminar 2020

07 Jan 2020
Bookings now open for the LACA National Seminar 2020

Bookings are now being taken for the seminar with delegate costs for full LACA members frozen at £40 per place.

Click here to make your online booking, including accommodation on Thursday 5th March and a place at the LACA School Chef of the Year presentation dinner that evening.

The programme covers the the key topics affecting education caterers in the coming months.


Arrival, registration and coffee

Welcome – Neil Porter, Chair of Events Group, LACA Ltd followed by
Aims of the day, LACA Update
Stephen Forster, LACA National Chair

10.00 Why School Meals are Important

Professor Greta Defeyter, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Director of the Healthy Living Lab, Northumbria University, Dr Iain Brownlee, Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Northumbria University

Greta and Iain will discuss their current research paper (in association with Dr Gurpinder Lalli, Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies, University of Wolverhampton). Their paper presents a research review into the short, medium and long-term impacts of school food on dietary intake, educational, behavioural and social outcomes for children and young people. They will also talk about why protecting, investing and extending the school meal services will have a positive impact on human capital.

Coffee Break

11.15    Policy Update – Brexit and Beyond
Victoria Morgan, Oakhill Communications

Victoria will provide her insights into the current political situation and key policy issues for LACA including the National Food Strategy (with a focus on the interim report scheduled for Spring 2020) as well as a Brexit update, the outcome of the reshuffle and a look ahead to the budget on 11 March.

11.45 Allergens Project Update
Joanne Campbell, Catering Operations Manager, Riverside Catering (Rotherham MBC) &
Jessica Crane, Head of Technical & Training for Nutrition, Chartwells

Joanne and Jessica will update delegates about the LACA Allergens Project including all the essential information about the LACA Allergen Management Guidance for Catering in Education and the Risk Assessment Tool developed to assess the risk status of delivering a special diet request safely.

12.25 Social Value in Procurement Session
Helen Kerrigan, Commissioning Manager, Newcastle City Council

In Newcastle, Social Value is not an add-on to the delivery of a contract, it’s a fundamental shift in the way that the council works with providers to invest in the city. This session will explore how to embed Social Value in your organisation and how to promote your unique strengths and skills to win contracts and create lasting social impact.

Helen Kerrigan is Commissioning Programme Manager at Newcastle City Council and leads on Social Value in commissioning and procurement. Her approach to innovation is people-focused, working with communities and marketplace together to design and deliver better services for residents.

13.00 Interview with LACA School Chef of the Year 2020
David Foad, editor, Public Sector Catering and School Caterer

Lunch and depart  

Click here to make your online booking, including accommodation on Thursday 5th March and a place at the LACA School Chef of the Year presentation dinner that evening.