Delegate Programme

 Wednesday 10th July 

10.00 Workshop 1 - Tendering & Procurement including use of existing templates and frameworkds to compile tender documents
Julia Richardson, GS Plus
10.30 Workshop 2 - The increase in popularity of veganism and plant-based diets and how to implement these within your service
Helen Taylor, Forest Green Rovers and Mark Banhan, Vegan Society
11.00 Workshop 3 - Allergens update, helping you comply with new law
Jacqui McPeake, Allergen Accreditation
11.30 Workshop 4 - Apprenticeships & LACA Workforce Development Standards
Anne Bull and Beverley Baker, LACA board members
12.00 LACA Annual Meeting
For full, associate and partner members only
13.00 Lunch & exhibition viewing
15.00 Conference sessions open - Kings Suite
15.05 Chair's opening address
Michael Hales, national chair

Introducation to LACA Main Event 2019
Conference chair, Dr David Bull

15.30 Session tbc.

Delivering a Healthy and Sustainable Future
Dr Hazel Wallace, The Food Medic

Dr Hazel Wallace is the founder of The Food Medic. She is a qualified medical doctor, best-selling author, content creator, and health influencer.  She believes that doctors should have food and nutrition training as part of their medical degree but that the scale of the problem extends beyond the walls of a hospital, and it is now time for all of us to take our share of the responsibility for global health. It is what we do today, and everyday moving forward, that will determine our future health.

17.00 Conference day one closes
19.00 LACA informal networking evening

Thursday 11th July

10.15 Conference opens
Conference chair, Dr David Bull

Demanding a Healthy & Sustainable Future
Prue Leith CBE DL

Never one to shy away from demanding change, Prue has been an advocate for better food and nutrition in the public sector for many years and was the first Chair of the School Food Trust at its inception in 2007. Prue continues to be vocal on education catering including the need for a return to teaching cookery in schools and will deliver a thought-provoking session to start Thursday’s programme.

11.15 LACA Strategy Update
Michael Hales, LACA national chair will update delegates on LACA's upcoming stategy plans.
11.45 Food Innovation - Bug Grub Chef
Andy Holcroft will discuss the science and environmental benefits of insect protein and how insect-based food and ingredients can be used to create exciting and tasty food. Andy will also hold one of the LACA Live demonstration sessions so delegates will be able to sample some dishes!
12.15 Lunch & exhibition viewing
14.30 War on Plastic Waste
Liz Bonnin, host of BBC TVs landmark documentary Drowning In Plastic, saw first hand the global problem of plastic waste and the contribution it makes to pollution and the health of the oceans. What can the school food sector do to reduce packaging and improve recycling to assist the global challenge of reducing plastic waste?
15.15 War on Plastic Waste - panel session
Liz will go on to host a panel session with industry experts looking to tackle the issue of plastic waste where delegates will be able to have their say on any measures currently in place or how to implement change in schools to play their part.
16.00 LACA School Chef of the Year video and presentation to this year's winner
16.15 Fuelling a Healthy & Sustainable Future
Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher

Katharine Tate, also known as The Food Teacher, combines a background in education and nutrition and has developed an international reputation as an expert on the impact of nutritious food for all individuals, especially growing children and families.
17.00 Conference day two closes
19.15 Drinks Reception
19.45 LACA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

Friday 12th July

8.30 Working breakfast served in the King's Suite
9.00 Conference opens with the Chair's Year in Focus
9.20 Introduction to Friday's programme
Dr David Bull
9.30 Driving a Healthy & Sustainable Future
An update on key LACA and industry initiatives facing school caterers including holiday hunger, childhood obesity strategy, the healthy food ratings scheme and potential changes to the School Food Standards.
10.00 Inpiring Change
Damian Hughes, The Liquid Thinker

There are three types of people in the world:
  • Those that make things happen
  • Those that watch what happened
  • And those who say, ”What happened?”

Liquid Leaders make things happen, show courage, passion, resilience and the will to win, whatever the challenge and this session will help ensure that you fall into this category! Through demonstrating the
principles of successful well known modern day achievers and their approach to leadership, Damian will provide practical examples of how to apply the same approaches in your workplace, turning it into a reality for anyone with the desire to be a better leader.

11.00 Chairman's closing remark and handover
11.30 Conference closes