CESA reveals initial line-up for 2019 conference

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Futurologist Rohit Talwar will address this year's CESA Conference.

CESA has revealed the outline of its 2019 Conference, with a  programme looking into the future of the foodservice equipment industry.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November at Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel, Hounslow.

With a theme of ‘2020 Visions’, speakers include futurologist Rohit Talwar, who will gaze into the latest hi-tech equivalent of a crystal ball and give insight into 2020 and beyond. In an interactive session, he will discuss future-proofing in the foodservice industry.

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The technological advancement theme will continue in a session entitled: ‘The future of the industry and connectivity interface’, which will feature Mike Faers, MD, Food Innovation Solutions, and Piers Skinner, MD, Telemetry Ltd.

Plus Paul Cowell of CyberGuard Security will focus on the topic of cyber security.

The BBC’s business editor Simon Jack is returning to compare proceedings after a successful stint last year. He will also open the programme with a UK and global economic update, analysing the implications of policy and government.

John Whitehouse, chair of CESA, said: “The current market is incredibly unpredictable. The aim of the 2019 Conference is to get leading experts to give us their insight, to help create the context to build business.”

Following the success of the inaugural Titans of Industry session last year, the 2019 Conference sees another group of three big hitters focusing on a key up and coming trend. So far signed up to debate are Kathleen Seelye from Ricca consultancy and Andy Earley, head of procurement, Hilton Hotels.

Conference will also tackle the thorny issue of the skill shortage, as HR expert Kevin Green looks at staff recruitment, training and retention.

Rounding off the business day programme, ex Formula 1 senior manager Mark Gallagher will give a keynote address on what it takes to succeed in high tech, high risk competition. He has been involved in the world of Formula 1 for over three decades as a close confidante of drivers, and a former member of the senior management teams at Jordan, Red Bull, and Cosworth.

The CESA Conference is run in association with the FCSI. The detailed programme will be unveiled in the coming months.

Meanwhile, in a change to the normal schedule, the CESA AGM, which previously followed the speaker programme, has been moved to the afternoon of the first day of the event. It will now take place at 3pm on Wednesday 13 November, after the golf and activity sessions, and before the informal dinner.

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