Meet public sector catering's 'most influential' people of 2018

public sector catering Top 20 2018 most influential
The PSMI Top 20 in 2018 at the House of Commons
24/01/2019 09:01:05
Meet this year’s leading players and influencers currently active in the UK public sector catering market – as chosen by a panel of independent judges. Report by Melissa Moody.

Ten years on from the very first public sector ‘most influential’ (PSMI) Top 20, our 2018 list again reflects many of the major concerns of the sector.

It goes without saying that both obesity and malnutrition are still at the heart of many of the challenges that face public sector caterers.

Both conditions, and the poor health associated with them, place a heavy burden on the NHS and the sector has long contended that a more pro-active attitude to eating healthily in schools, hospitals and care homes could considerably cut the cost of future health and social care.

At the same time, newer issues have begun to assume a higher priority within the industry. These include holiday hunger among schoolchildren from poorer households outside of term time, allergen awareness, food price inflation, Brexit supply worries, squeezed budgets and sustainability.

So, our list this year includes people chosen because of their high-profile involvement in addressing these challenges.

Here is the full Cost Sector Catering, PSMI Top 20 list for 2018:

Michael Hales, LACA chair

Stewart McKenzie, HCA chair

Matthew White, TUCO chair

Keith Breasley, ASSIST chair

Paul O’Brien, APSE chief executive

Neel Radia, NACC chair

Sharon Hodgson, MP, shadow minister of public health, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on School Food

Andy Kemp, Bidfood group sales and marketing director

Andy Jones, PS100 chair

Lindsay Graham, APPG on School Food and chair of its Holiday Hunger Task Group

Keith Warren, director CESA

Judith Gregory, LACA Wales region chair

Steve Munkley, Craft Guild of Chefs vice president

Anna Taylor, executive director of The Food Foundation

Al Crisci – The Clink Charity

Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of Sustain

Mark Varney, director of network development for FareShare

Alexia Robinson, Love British Food and British Food Fortnight

Caroline Bovey, chair of the British Dietetic Association

Clive Dunlop, Defence Logistics

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