The speaker line-up for the 2018 CESA Conference includes some of the biggest hitters in the foodservice industry, leading business experts and a scientist whose unconventional views are bound to create a buzz. The latter is The Rt Hon the Lord Winston of Hammersmith, the eminent and popular scientist whose TV career has spanned a huge variety of shows, from the BAFTA-winning Human Body to Have I Got News for You. When he’s not entertaining, amongst other things he runs a gene transplant research programme and is regarded as the preeminent expert in reproductive medicine. He will give the Conference keynote speech and delegates can expect a sparky, humorous and thought-provoking performance. Broadcaster, economist and conference chair Simon Jack will have the unenviable job of tying everything together after the presentation.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Evolving in a Disruptive Environment’ and Simon will also be attempting to manage the diverse thoughts of industry luminaries including Klaus Goeldenbot, Group Chief Executive of Nisbets; Steve Snower, CEO of Parts Town; and Alberto Zanata, CEO of Professional Products at AB Electrolux.
As well as giving insights into the current economic climate, their presentations will cover a wide range of industry-specific topics such as the future of UK hospitality, foodservice trends in the pub sector, and developing catering equipment to match the latest food fashions. Phil Williams, MD of Victor Manufacturing, will present the latest news on EFCEM (the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers), which could have an increasingly vital role to play in the context of Brexit.
The 2018 Conference is at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park, taking place on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th November. A variety of booking options is available to delegates, from simple attendance at the Conference itself to two-day packages including both the informal dinner (14th November) and the gala dinner (15th November), as well as golf or another activity. The event is open to all foodservice industry professionals, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers and dealers, consultants and operators. CESA members receive a discount.
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