ceda Conference Business Day Speakers - Full Line-up Announced

With just a week to go we’re delighted to reveal the full line-up of speakers for the ceda Conference 2021 Business Day.

It’s a packed agenda with top names from across the hospitality and foodservice spectrum.

Expect insight and data, projections, upcoming trends to look out and gear up for, as well as lively debate and chat on everything from the Northern food scene to sustainability in the industry.

Kicking things off is Peter Martin who will give an overview of the industry, a detailed explanation of who owns what brands, where they sit and what’s to come in his ‘Brand-scape’ presentation.

Next up is The Big Interview with Philip Harrison, CEO & Founder of Harrison, one of the leading hospitality concept-creation consultancies globally. He will give an update on the US hospitality sector.

Charlie Mitchell, Head of Consumer at CGA will utilise CGA’S suite of data on the hospitality industry in his presentation ‘The Northern Hospitality Scene – The Data’ to tell the story of how the sector has fought back over the past 18 months. This will be nicely followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘The Northern Hospitality Scene’ and will feature Thom Hetherington, CEO of NRB, Marko Husak, Co-Founder of Bundobust and Jocelyn Neve, MD of Oakman Group.

A series of 10-minute presentations will quickly cover a variety of topics:

Sustainability takes centre stage when Mark Chapman, CEO & Founder of the Zero Carbon Forum delivers his presentation ‘Helping Hospitality Hit Net Zero Carbon’.

Our attention turns to the supply chain as we welcome Ruth Edge, the NFU’s Food Chain Advisor. Ruth leads the NFU’s strategy and relationships with the UK’s national retailers, large brands and policy areas on food labelling and will share her insight and experience from the farming world.

Lorraine Copes is Founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality, a Procurement Consultant and Life Coach. Having spent almost two decades working within the hospitality sector successfully leading procurement teams for brands including Shake Shack, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants and Corbin & King her experience spans new market entry, national and international leadership roles. We look forward to hearing what she has to say.

Can we use the principles of a circular economy to create restaurant designs and fitouts that give more than they take? And how might we go about doing that? David Chenery, Director of Object Space Place hopes to educate and inspire during his presentation.

Chapman, Edge, Copes and Chenery will then participate in a panel debate inspired by their individual presentations, led by Peter Martin.

Many in the industry will be familiar with Market Talk led by Clare Nicholls of Catering Insight and Andrew Seymour of Foodservice Equipment Journal. A LIVE Market Talk session will take place as part of the ceda Business Day. Along with hosts Nicholls and Seymour, a panel made up of Richard Fordham of Ki-Tech Solutions Ltd, Lawrence Hughes of Falcon Foodservice, Paul Neville of CHR and Tyron Stephens-Smith of TAG Catering Equipment, will discuss sustainability but with a focus on Hydrogen powered equipment, energy management/optimisation, the challenges of designing for sustainability and sustainability for service and maintenance.

Martin Vander Weyer, Business Editor of The Spectator, amongst other accolades, will give the final presentation of the day, bringing to a close the impressive line-up of industry personnel and thought leaders.

ceda’s Director General, Adam Mason is impressed with the calibre of this year’s speakers, he says, “Every year we have fabulous speakers and I always wonder how we’ll top it the next year. I’m delighted to say we have, yet again, managed to attract some top-drawer names and I genuinely can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

“It’s important for us to deliver a broad range of speakers and relevant topics and I feel we’ve hit that mark especially well this year. Coming off the back of COP26 which has dominated the news agenda over the past few weeks, it’s key that our sector is a part of that wider discussion and so dedicating a number of our speaker slots to the topic is something we’re proud to be offering the delegates at this year’s conference.”

The ceda Conference 2021 takes place on 24th and 25th November at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. If you haven’t already booked your place, please do so here: https://ceda.co.uk/conference2021/registration/

The ceda Conference 2021 sponsors are First Choice Group, Hobart, Hupfer, Instanta Ltd /Zip Water UK, Maidaid Halcyon, MCS Technical Products, Mechline Ltd and Welbilt.