It's the APSE FM Seminar in York and I arrive at lunch on the first day to be roped into chairing the Catering bespoke session in the afternoon. Fortunately all four speakers are interesting in their own specific specialisms. Lindsay Graham discusses obesity challenges, Bet Jenkins talks about secondary school uptake, Esmee Russell covers nutrient based standards for older people and Jim O'Brien explores excellence in civic catering.
In terms of the plenary sessions we have areal mixed bunch of speakers and some overrun significantly which then has a knock on effect over the day. We get to the evening and have some fun with the audience before our Kylie Minogue impersonator takes to the stage with her backing dancers. A handful of people decide its not for them but the majority participate and it turns out to be pretty good entertainment. As part of the warm up I do the vote of thanks and integrate 8 Kylie songs into it. We have a competition based on this with the winner getting an overnight for two in the hotel.
York is a great City and most people enjoyed the event and learned something, although some of it could have went more smoothly. With these events its not only the delegates who learn but also us and we will refine our processes to ensure that our next conference is always better than the last.