Delegate Programme

 Wednesday 10 July 

8.30 Registration Opens
9.30 Exhibition opens
10.00 Workshop 1 - Tendering & Procurement including use of existing templates and frameworks to compile tender documents

Julia Richardson, GS Plus will present a practical and informative sessions packed with tips and ideas including use of existing templates and frameworks to compile tender documents.

10.30 Workshop 2 - The increase in popularity of veganism and plant-based diets and how to implement these within your service
With the increase in popularity of veganism and plant-based diets join Helen Taylor, Forest Green Rovers and Mark Banhan, Vegan Society to find out how to successfully implement vegan options within your service.
11.00 Workshop 3 - Allergens update, helping you comply with new law
Jacqui McPeake, Allergen Accreditation presents an interactive and informative allergens update - helping you comply with the new law.
11.30 Workshop 4 - Apprenticeships & LACA Workforce Development Standards

Beverley Baker and Anne Bull’s workshop is relevant for all those responsible for and/or involved in the training, learning & development of catering staff.
Their session will be cover the latest edition of the Professional Standards Recognition Scheme; an update about the work with Highfield Qualifications on the e learning packages now available at discounted prices to members via the LACA website; and information on two apprenticeships that are appropriate for Cooks and Heads of Kitchen.

12.00 LACA Annual Meeting
For full, associate and partner members only
13.00 Lunch & exhibition viewing

Monarch, Palace and Library Suites. Coffee will be served in the exhibition halls from 13.30

15.00 Conference sessions open - Kings Suite
15.00 Chair's opening address
Michael Hales, national chair

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

15.30 Children’s Future Food Inquiry
Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation.  An overview of the Inquiry’s final report published on 25th April 2019 which included the Children’s #Right2Food Charter calling for a new, independent Children’s Food Watchdog to lead the charge on tackling children’s food insecurity in the UK.

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
19.30 LACA informal networking evening - view details

Thursday 11 July

08.30 Delegate Registration Opens

Exhibition Opens

Monarch, Palace and Library Suites. Coffee will be served in the exhibition halls from 8.30
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 and Lee Petar, Oakhill Communications present an overview of key policy issues and an update on LACA’s upcoming strategy plans followed by an update on LACA’s Host a School Chef initiative.

11.55 Food Innovation - Bug Farm Food

Dr Sarah Beynon and 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, tasty and sustainable food. Andy will also host one of the LACA Live demonstration sessions giving delegates the chance to sample some dishes!

12.15 Lunch & exhibition viewing
14.45 War on Plastic Waste
Liz Bonnin, host of 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?

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.

Ian Baxter - ISS Foodservice
Wendy Duncan - Unilever Foodsolutions
Martin Kersh, Executive Director, Food Packaging Association

Eleanor Morris, Hospitality & Food Service, WRAP
Michael Hales, National Chair, LACA

16.00 LACA School Chef of the Year video and presentation to this year's winner

Presentation to the current LACA School Chef of the Year, Steven Cross of Park Community School and your chance to find out more about the 2020 competition.

16.15 Fuelling a Healthy & Sustainable Future
Katharine Tate, The Food Teacher

Katharine  aka 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.  Educating families about food is critical in helping tackle the obesity time bomb and she will talk about her partnership with Healthier Fleetwood in Lancashire, where The Food Teacher™ created a unique award for schools, which pulled together the whole community and has gone on to become a national award. Find out how The Food Teacher™ is transforming food education in our schools

17.00 Conference day two closes
19.15 Drinks Reception - Pavilion Suite
19.45 LACA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

Friday 12th July

From 8.00 Working breakfast served in the King's Suite
9.00 Conference opens with the LACA's Year in Focus
9.20 Introduction to Friday's programme
Dr David Bull
9.30 Tackling Childhood Obesity

Dr Mahamed Hashi, London Childhood Obesity Taskforce, Co-Founder of Brixton Soup Kitchen and Head of Advocacy at Young Lambeth Co-operative

Mahamed co-founded the Brixton Soup Kitchen in January 2013 with his co-founder Solomon Smith, both youth workers of 16 years,. Responding to a desperate need, they help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free food, support and company... Based at the Brixton Social club, offers hot food and drinks, CV workshops, job guidance, and advice on housing and benefits. Mahamed is involved in several community groupsincluding: the Lambeth Community Police Consultative Group, the Lambeth Stop & Search Monitoring Group (former chair), Pan London Community May motoring Network for Stop and search (former chair), London Probation Trust Forum, Territorial Support Group Community reference group (TSG CRG), the Trident Independent Advisory Group (Vice Chair) and the Black Mental Health Commission in Lambeth.

He has been recognised for his work by the South London Press who awarded him the 'Our Hero's Award' and he has also been featured in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy 100 list and in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influential Londoners in both 2015 and 2016. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in philosophy by London Metropolitan University in recognition for “outstanding work with young people and the wider local community”. He also recently became the first Elected Somali Councillor in Lambeth.

10.00 Closing address: 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