Contact Us
Basket (0)   View
Forgotten your password?
News & Blog Find a Caterer For Sale Contact Us
The Nationwide Caterers Association

The 2019 Forecast


In this roundtable discussion we’ll be discussing all things 2019. This year, pivotal changes are set to take place, not just in our industry but throughout the UK as a whole. We’ll be addressing Brexit as well as the possible implementation of Mandatory Calorie Labelling legislation; and Ultra Low Emission Zones, which are set to become increasingly prevalent in the UK. In light of the recent press surrounding Fyre Festival, we’ll also be taking this opportunity to discuss Event Fraud, its persistence throughout our industry and asking the question – what can be done to prevent it going forward?  


We’ve reached out to experts to find out the answers to the questions you have about changes to the industry in 2019. Read more about them below.

Jenny Morris received an MBE for her services to Environmental Health in 2014 and is one of the most respected food safety professionals in the industry; Jenny was seconded to LOCOG, the London Olympics Committee and is the former Head of Police at the CIEH. Not only does Jenny have unprecedented experience within the environmental health sector, she too was once a mobile caterer and now serves as an advisor to the NCASS board.

Who is he? Not the singer. He is a senior civil servant at the Food standards agency, he has been tasked with developing and introducing Regulating our Future, a culture shift in how food safety is enforced. The FSA are looking to make the system of enforcement more efficient (its currently carried out by EHO’s who visit every food business in the country) and cost effective (reduce costs/charge businesses). The FSA are looking at incorporating the primary authority scheme into ROF and as such, NCASS will be able to assist the authorities to cut the number of visits and inspections for compliant businesses and to target non-compliant businesses.

Mark oversees all of the sustainability initiatives undertaken by NCASS on behalf of our members. Mark worked on the Glastonbury Green Trader Awards for several years, during which time he arranged the first Sustainable Catering training course with the Sustainable Restaurant Association. He co-developed the first 8th Plate project which salvaged nearly 30 tonnes of food from seven festivals in 2015 with Claire O’Neil from ‘A Greener Festival’ and FareShare SW.

Mark also represents the catering industry at Powerful Thinking and ongoing work in support of A Greener Festival. In 2018, Mark re-launched a new version of 8th plate aimed at making food salvage more affordable and practical. After successful trials, it will launch at around 20 festivals this year with the aim of embedding food salvage into event catering.

Bob Fox has been involved in the catering industry for over 25 years both as a caterer and as a director of the country’s leading food trade associations.

He has vast experience in just about all aspects of the catering business particularly the mobile and outside sector and is often called upon to give opinion to the media, government and standards authorities.

Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) which now boasts over 5,500 members operating 20,000 units and growing weekly. Membership of NCASS extends right across the catering sector from major multiples to independents and some of the biggest names in the supply chain.

Bob is an accomplished author of books and codes of practice, he edits a quarterly catering magazine and is passionate about the food industry, and in particular the independent sector which he still regards as his roots.

He has been involved in several TV and radio broadcasts as well as writing features for several trade magazines

Erica is VP Business Development at Leatherhead Food Research a Science Group Company where she leads the sales function across the business.

Prior to joining Leatherhead in September 2018, Erica was Assistant Director at The Office for Product Safety and Standards (formerly Regulatory Delivery) a directorate within the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) where she led engagement with devolved administrations. Erica is a food scientist by profession and has worked extensively on a number of food safety and better regulation related projects internationally in Jakarta, Nepal, Ukraine, Belarus, Philippines, Australia and the USA.

Prior to joining BEIS Erica was an academic and Food Safety Specialist at the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) at University of Greenwich delivering MSc programmes in Food Safety and Quality Management. Erica was a Senior lecturer in Environmental Heath (Food Safety) at University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) where she was course leader for the MSc Food Quality and Safety Management programme and supported the delivery of the MSc in Food Safety management via e learn. Erica’s academic career was preceded by nearly 20 years in the food industry in technical and food safety and standards related roles.

Erica has written extensively on the subject of food safety in travel and tourism and her book ‘Aviation Food Safety’, was published October 2005 by ‘Wiley/Blackwell.’ Her previous publications include ‘Your Passport to Food Safety,’ a food safety training manual for cabin crew and ‘In-flight Food Safety Passenger Health & You,’ a cabin crew food safety training programme.

Erica is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and technology (IFST), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Erica lives in West Sussex and is a passionate trustee and supporter of local cancer charity Cancer United which provides rehabilitation for cancer patients in a dedicated exercise facility.

 Congress Ticket Price: £50  

(+VAT and booking fee)

or call 0121 603 2524

between 9-5.30 on Monday to Friday


Be sure to stick around for the after-event, where there’ll be live music and food & drink provided by the award-winning Digbeth Dining Club, to ensure you leave with newfound knowledge and contacts, and of course, have a bit of fun!


The purpose of NCASS Congress 2019 is to address the issues that matter most to our members. We’ve curated a day of talks, seminars and roundtable discussions to keep you ahead of changes and help you shape the future of your industry. Click the links below to find out more about each of the talks.

 Congress Ticket Price: £50  

(+VAT and booking fee)

or call 0121 603 2524

between 9-5.30 on Monday to Friday