AGENDA 2019

Wednesday 13th November 2019

15.00 - 17.00 - Annual General Meeting (CESA members only)

20.00 - Informal networking dinner


Thursday 14th November 2019

08.30 - Registration; coffee and exhibition viewing

09.00 - Conference opens - Simon Jack

09.05 - Welcome - John Whitehouse, CESA Chairman

09.15 - UK and Global Economic update
Simon Jack


As uncertainty around Brexit continues in the lead up to the 31st October deadline for the UK to leave the EU, Simon will be at the forefront of making sure the salient points are delivered to his audience in an engaging and understandable manner.  He will be able draw on this knowledge to offer an insight for delegates into the potential economic implications for our industry and beyond as we start to disentangle the UK from Brussels in the coming months.

09.45 - The future of the industry and connectivity interface
Mike Faers, Managing Director, Food Innovation Solutions and Piers Skinner, Managing Director, Telemetry Ltd


Working with some of the biggest brands in food and foodservice, Mike and Piers have their finger on the pulse of innovations in kitchen design and operator reporting to EHO’s, with a focus on connectivity, data capture and how to best use the data to improve efficiency, customer service and product innovation.

10.35 - HR Unpicked - Recruitment, retention and training
Kevin Green, HR Expert


Having worked with both recruitment and HR professionals, Kevin delivers realistic, practical advice on culture, policy and strategy, examining how every company can attract, retain and develop talent in the digital age. He will offer insight into potential effects of AI and automation and the expectation from some younger employees of more flexible working practices and how to manage this across your workforce.

11.15 - Coffee break and exhibition viewing

11.45 - Titans of industry session panel discussion

Following on from the successful Titans of Industry session at last year’s conference, three more leaders in their field will offer their vision of the future. What their key issues and drivers for change are and how this might impact on national and international markets; the increasing use of connectivity and digitalisation across their business and how this affects their planning; What does the future look like in terms of their suppliers and customers and associated supply networks.

Following the discussion you will have your opportunity to pose your questions to the panel:

•    Kathleen Seelye, Founding Executive Principal, Ricca consultancy
•    Andy Earley, Senior Director, Category Management, EMEA, Hilton Supply Management
•    Najib Maalouf, Group Managing Director, Middleby

13.00 - Lunch, coffee and exhibition viewing

14.00 - CFSP presentations followed by Order of Merit presentations
Recognising the voluntary contributors within foodservice Associations in both the public and profit sectors

14.15 - Cyber Security
Paul Cowell, CyberGuard Security


Paul will highlight how UK businesses can take steps to identify, protect and recover from cyber-attacks to limit the potential devastating impact on your business if the business-critical data in your system is breached. 

14.30 - Future proofing in the catering industry, interactive session
Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Futures

Rohit will lead a session on his vision of the future covering AI, digitalisation and data before opening up for an interactive section with delegates on what they see are the key issues and barriers to development that businesses will need to address in the foodservice sector.

15.15 - Coffee break and exhibition viewing

15.45 - Future proofing continued
Rohit will return after the coffee break to deliver his findings from the delegate’s responses and offer the key themes that emerge.

16.00 - Keynote address - Mark Gallagher, Formula 1, ex Red-Bull and Cosworth

Throughout his 30+ year career in Formula 1, Mark has developed an understanding of what it takes to win in a sport that combines technology, teamwork, leadership, communication, finance and risk in the search for competitive advantage.

In this keynote session, he will draw parallels between the high-speed environment of motor racing and the fast-paced business world, offering insight into the practical application of leadership, motivation and teamwork, and the outcomes possible when all three work together. He also demonstrates the use of technology to gain advantage, innovating in a competitive environment, and dealing with rapidly changing situations.

16.45 - Closing remarks

17.00 - Conference closes

19.00 - Gala Awards Dinner


NB: Timings and content subject to change