Hospitality Insights Conference – 14th November

The Essential Future Trends

There is a great need to share knowledge in these times of change. It can benefit all in terms of new business, raising the bar for positive change and building meaningful relationships.

On Tuesday 14th November, EP brought together 200 consultants, caterers and clients for a full-day of powerful insights and to engage in a meaningful debate.

View a gallery of photos from the day here.


9:00am                 Welcome and Introduction

9:15am                 Nourish The World

Professor David Russell, Chairman of The Russell Partnership Collection on the role we play in education, the knowledge levers we have and balancing commercial returns with building healthy living and our role in knowledge leadership.

9:45am               The Consultants View

It is clear that many want an open conversation on the current situation and three consultants will provide their important insight:

  • Peter Pitham, MD/Principal Consultant, Catering Consultancy Bureau
  • Ian Doughty, Partner, Turpin Smale Catering Consultants
  • Julian Fris, Director, Neller Davies

10:15am       Break for Morning Drinks

10:45am               What Will Foodservice Look Like In Five Years?

What insights and learnings can support companies to anticipate the future, speaking on this core area are:

  • Martin Boden, Managing Director UK, Sodexo
  • Kate Taylor, Nutrition Consultant
  • James Greetham, ‎Business Development Director, Levy Restaurants (Compass Group)
  • Lily Simpson, Founder, Detox Kitchen

11:45am               The Dominance of Red Tape

Has the industry grown so fast that there is a lack of understanding on how to best to procure catering services? Chris Stern, Managing Director of Stern Consultancy argues that the dominance of red tape in procurement is causing mass frustration.

12:05pm               Your Delivery Is On Its Way

Stringent constraints and space implications require innovative solutions – is the future central production kitchens and a greater self-delivery? Speaking on this core area:

  • Dan Gill, Founder, Dine
  • Mike Coldicott, Managing Director, Tricon
  • Dean Kennett, Managing Director, Just Hospitality
  • Stuart Sunderland, CEO, City Pantry

12:30             Break for Lunch

1:30pm                 Is The Commercial Model Broken?

With increased pressure on caterers, is the commercial model in need of fixing? Food and people are of the utmost importance but is the current process not having as much positive commercial impact as it should. Sharing their insight:

  • Adam Elliott, CEO, The Concerto Group
  • Doug Tetley, Managing Director, Delaware North Companies UK
  • Bob Cotton, former CEO, The BHA
  • Tom Cox, Director, AlixPartners

2:15pm                 ‘Change Please’

What if your morning coffee could change lives? Change Please will showcase how they empower homeless people with the skills, equipment and speciality beans they need to become fully-fledged baristas.

2:25pm                 Are We Beyond Sustainability?

Continuing to treat sustainability as an “optional extra” might seem like a good idea, for some, but there might be some surprises ahead. This discussion includes:

  • Myles Bremner, CEO, Bremner Consulting
  • Philip Verey, Commercial Director, Winnow Solutions
  • Wendy Sutherland, Managing Director, Ramsay Todd
  • Liz Harding-Wyatt, Development Manager, Green Kitchen Standard

3:00pm                     Break for Afternoon Drinks

3:30pm                The Special Ingredient

Kevin Watson, Managing Director of Amadeus on building strong cultures against all the pressure and expectations.

3:50pm                 Where Is The Emerging Talent?

Every generation faces its own challenge but now the emerging talent is lacking the creativity and innovation which is causing business problems. This discussion includes:

  • Stephanie Hamilton, Director of People and Culture, ISS UK
  • Antony Woodcock, CEO, gig
  • Simon Tarr, Chief Executive, People 1st
  • Jane Sunley, CEO, Purple Cubed

4:15pm               In Conversation with Special Sporting Guest.

4:30pm               Event Close       





Date: Tuesday 14th November
Time: 8am for 8:30am start
Location: Nomura Bank, 1 Angel Lane, London EC4R 3AB
Price: £75.00 (plus VAT) per ticket


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