Disruptive technologies, foodservice trends… and Michael Portillo

CESA unveils provocative programme for 2017 Conference

 2017 CESA Conference, in association with Cedabond, ENSE and the FCSI

Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November, De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel, Reading

CESA’s speaker platform for the 2017 Conference is designed to inform and stimulate.  The Conference theme is Moving Forward in a Changing World and a highlight of the day will be Robin Clark, restaurant services director of Just Eat, who will talk about delivering change. 

Other speakers include Simon Stenning, executive director of MCA Insight, who will focus on restaurant trends, while Jeremy White of Wired magazine looks at how the latest design, material and technological innovations will impact on the foodservice industry.  Digital technology guru Gary Meehan will deliver a presentation on disruptive technologies and the connected kitchen.

Conference chair is economist, broadcaster and writer Steph McGovern.  Her close contact with business people, civil servants and politicians gives her an inside track on the latest on the economy and Brexit – insights which she will be sharing throughout the day.

The programme will be brought to a rousing finale by Michael Portillo.  Widely regarded as the greatest leader the Conservative party never had, he was Chief Treasury Secretary, then led both Employment and Defence – before being rejected by the voters of Enfield and Southgate.  He’s now an accomplished broadcaster.  If anyone understands coming to terms with a changing world, it’s him!

Networking is always an important part of the CESA Conference.  For 2017 delegates can participate in a golf or activity day on the Wednesday, followed by an informal dinner.  After the Conference and CESA AGM on Thursday there is the annual Gala Dinner, with the presentation of the FCSI Sustainable Equipment Award and the industry’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Conference is open to all in the foodservice industry, both operators and those working in the supply chain. Non CESA members are welcome.  Numbers are limited, to book space visit www.cesaconference.co.uk, email enquiries@cesa.org.uk or call 020 7793 3030