My feet haven't touched the ground - Chair's Blog by Anne Bull

My feet haven't touched the ground - Chair's Blog by Anne Bull
23/10/2012 12:10
Written by Admin

Welcome to the first of many blogs I’ll be doing during the course of the next year or so and apologies that it’s taken a while to get my first one onto the website.

Since taking over the Chair from Lynda five weeks ago on 17th September, I have to say my feet haven’t touched the ground.

It all started with representing LACA in Glasgow at the APSE conference and then the NACC Conference in Blackpool, which were both very informative and interesting events.

Tetra Strategy colleagues have kindly been arranging meetings for me to meet officials at the Department for Education (DfE). I have also met the Obesity Policy Manager and the Obesity & Food Policy Branch team at the Department of Health and we agreed to have regular meetings for updates. With the switch of funding for public health to the local authorities next year, it is imperative that we have local representation on the new health & wellbeing boards that will be set up.

I have attended the local authority reference group at the DfE – also the School Food All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), the Gram Green Paper launch and I was a guest at the recent Educatering Awards. It was fantastic to see LACA members receiving awards for their achievements.

As reported on this website, I have been invited by the co founders of Leon -John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby - to join the School Food Plan Expert Panel. The first meeting was held on Friday, 12th October. The panel concentrated on the ‘vision’ element of the work. This involves identifying what excellence looks like from a pupil perspective, in terms of good school food and the eating experience. We will keep you updated – both on the LACA website and at regional meetings – of the progress we make.

National School Meals Week is just around the corner and I’m really looking forward to the event. The launch is on Monday, 5th November at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School in Tower Hamlets. Then it’s on to Westminster in the afternoon to see the launch of the LACA/Parentpay Market Research Report, which I’m sure will make interesting reading.

During the course of the last five weeks I have prepared six statements in response to various press/media requests, which all goes to show that school food is high on everyone’s agenda and this has to be good news for all of us involved in the industry.

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