Future of Food & Work

Click on the links below to listen to each segment from our panel of experts or watch the full video here.

Liz Forte

Health & Wellness Director, B&I, Compass Group UK&I

Liz follows up on the idea of building resilience with a focus on ‘giving back’ and the integral part it plays in our wellbeing. Her talk also explores the idea of organisational purpose, and the shift from striving to be the best in the world to wanting what’s best for the world. It’s all part of a holistic overview of sustainability in the workplace, covering everything from sourcing and nutrition, to food waste and working environments.

Dr Kirstin Sailer

Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, & Co-founder Brainybirdz

Kerstin explains how buildings can bring people together, as well as keep them apart. She talks about the importance of unplanned encounters, and how the loss of these chance meetings can negatively affect creativity, innovation and company culture. Kerstin also explores how we should be rethinking the office, and outlines practical steps to create the best possible experience, including ideas for shifts, rotas and breakout spaces.

Pete Champain

Sales Director, Business & Industry, Compass Group UK & IE

Working in business development, Pete sees first-hand how the market is changing: what clients are talking about, what’s worrying them, what’s getting them excited. Here Pete outlines current talking points, from health and wellbeing to meat-free meals and sustainability. He explains that clients increasingly want their workplaces to be part of something bigger, and contributing to the community, supporting social enterprise and having a positive impact on the planet can all give a sense of purpose.

Tom Benton

General Manager, Natures Heart UK

Tom tells the story of the Nature’s Heart brand, explaining its unique approach and the special relationship it has with its growers. He explains how the company provides farmers with educational tools and suppliers, and how it helped them swap the illicit poppy trade for the goldenberry. Finally, Tom looks ahead to outline his plans for Nature’s Heart, and the growing importance of socially responsible business.

Cemal Ezal

Founder & CEO of Change Please

Cemal talks about coffee, its ability to bring people together, and how it’s helping to transform lives via Change Please, a social enterprise that supports homeless people with barista training and Living Wage work. Then he turns to the future: the role of coffee in the post-Covid era; how it can help us rebuild our habits and routines; and the significance of social enterprise in a world where 38% of millennials say they’re prepared to reduce their interaction with businesses that don’t give back to the community and environment.

Ryan Holmes

Culinary Director Business & Industry, Compass Group UK & IE

While putting together a delicious plant-based Buddha bowl, Ryan explains how nutrition can give elite athletes the edge, and support the operational readiness of our armed forces. He goes on to explore the foundations of health and wellbeing, and how nutrition can fuel concentration, decision-making ability and productivity; the importance of providing a choice of foods, for a range of dietary preferences; and the power of wellbeing programmes designed to support physical and mental performance.

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