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APSE Facilities, Catering and Cleaning Management Seminar 2018

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel Durham


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Seminar objectives

Change within local authority FM, catering and cleaning services is a constant and organisations have to constantly adapt and innovate to remain competitive and commercially successful in a fragmented marketplace. Whilst the wholesale move to Academy schools is no longer Government policy, the relationship with schools will necessarily move to a contractual one and in-house teams must ensure that their commercial and tendering skills meet the challenge. At the same time, Councils continue to seek budget savings and FM is increasingly the beneficiary of this strategy as ever more services are bundled within the FM umbrella.

School food policy across UK is increasingly divergent, reflecting the priorities of the devolved governments and funding for Universal Infant Free School Meals and Breakfasts in not protected and therefore uncertain into the future. Opportunities to add value to the core service, thorough links to the curriculum and public health should be seized and built into the package of services offered.

This seminar brings together speakers from facilities management, catering and cleaning and the organisations that impact on them to chart the future and highlight some of the many challenges facing service providers. The 2 days are crafted to give delegates the opportunity to refresh their knowledge, learn new skills and give practical advice on implementing some exciting new ideas back in the workplace.




Challenges in Local Authority Facilities, Catering and Cleaning Management

Speaker: Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, APSE


Universal Infant School Meals - Meeting the challenges

Speaker: Tim Blowers, Chair of LACA and Head mof County Catering Service at Derbyshire County Council


Different Standards? Cleaning in Care and Health Settings

Speaker: Delia Cannings, Director, Environmental Excellence Training and Development Ltd

Pensions and Part Time Staff

Speaker: Glyn Jenkins, Head of Pensions, UNISON


Selecting Best Value

Speaker: Simon Hollingbery, Chairman ABCD, BCC Director on the EFCI Main Board

The Future of Catering is Automation - Greener, More Profitable School Kitchens

Speaker: Philip Valentine, Environment Strategic Business Manager, Trafford Council


Cityserve – Creating a recipe for a sustainable future

Speaker: Dale Wild, Head of Service, Cityserve

Focus on Environmental Health in FM and Cleaning

Speaker: Alex Dawson, Emergency Planning and Property Services Manager, Sevenoaks District Council


Joining up to meet the needs of the changing market

Speaker: Andy Mudd, Head of APSE Solutions

Friends and Family Service

Speakers: Phil Dixon and Stephanie Warne, South Tyneside Council


Food for Life Scotland – making good food the easy choice

Speaker: Sarah Duley, Food for Life Served Here Development Manager (Scotland) Soil Association

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.




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