Press Release: Jenny Morris Joins NCASS
Jenny Morris MBE joins NCASS
The Nationwide Caterers Association is delighted to announce that Jenny Morris MBE has joined the organisation as an advisor to the board on strategy and food safety. As the independent food sector continues to experience incredible growth, SME and micro businesses are offering more diverse food than ever and as their trade association we have taken this step to ensure our members get the best support possible.
Jenny Morris at The Nationwide Caterers Association Head Office
Regulating Our Future
Jenny’s wealth of experience at the top of the food safety world will help the Nationwide Caterers Association to respond to a changing environment in terms preparing for the Food Standards Agency’s Regulating Our Future programme, due for launch in 2020, while assisting us to deliver high quality, affordable solutions to our increasingly diverse membership portfolio.
On the one hand we are experiencing a golden age of food innovation in the UK, often brought from far flung shores or developed using modern techniques and equipment. Just as the production of and access to great food is being democratised, the FSA and local authority resources to support these small businesses is being diminished. Having access to Jenny’s expert knowledge and the practical application of it will enable these micro businesses to develop and grow in challenging times.
A Wealth of Experience
Jenny’s career spans outside catering, a restaurateur, microbiologist and an Environmental Health Officer, before working as Head of Policy for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Her experience includes advising the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) on food safety at the events for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, for which she received an MBE from the Queen.
Jenny will work alongside our Primary Authority partners, auditing the NCASS assured advice and ensuring that all of our training courses and due diligence systems are market leaders. She will also support NCASS’ work in advising and influencing government policy to ensure independent caterers have the platform to communicate their experiences to the Government. Jenny will help to develop the Environmental Health interface on NCASS Connect and help NCASS and our customers prepare for Regulating our Future (RoF).
“I’m delighted to be working with Jenny again. NCASS members can continue to expect a world class product at a fraction of the cost.” Bob Fox, NCASS Chairman
Jenny Morris meeting Bob Fox at NCASS Head Office
Helping Small Businesses at a Personal Level
Jenny explained: “Having worked as a caterer and as an EHO, I can see it from both perspectives. When helping small businesses prepare for an inspection, it helps to remind them not to be scared; the EHO is not the enemy. I understand how hard it is to run a successful business as well as complying with all of the environmental and food safety regulations on top of this. NCASS provides practical and pragmatic solutions that help businesses sell great food, while keeping them and their customers safe.”
“We hope that this appointment demonstrates to the food safety community and the wider catering industry that NCASS are committed to raising the bar on excellence and safety and making these solutions affordable to all food businesses.” Mark Laurie, NCASS Director
The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) is the trade association for the independent and the mobile catering sector, including street food, event catering and independent restaurants. With over 5,000 member businesses across the UK, NCASS work with SME’s and micro businesses to enable them to be safe, legal and profitable. NCASS aim to de-mystify legislation by providing assured advice, information and tools to enable small businesses to be fully compliant.
Mark Laurie, Director
Tel: 0121 603 2524
On her partnership with NCASS, Jenny said: “The industry has moved on leaps and bounds since I worked as an outside caterer. I’m excited to be working with NCASS when the industry is booming. As well as businesses selling good food, they must sell good, safe food, and it’s great to see the work NCASS is doing to make that happen.”
NCASS Chairman, Bob Fox said: “I’m delighted to be working with Jenny again. She is universally respected in the food safety world for her practical, no nonsense approach to safety and compliance, but she understands the stresses of running a busy food business. She is the perfect fit for NCASS and our customers and I’m excited to have her auditing our systems as a first step. NCASS customers can continue to expect a world class product at a fraction of the cost.”
NCASS Director, Mark Laurie said: “Simply put, Jenny is one of the top food safety experts in the world. Having that knowledge and experience to draw on can only be great news for NCASS members and staff and will enable us to continually improve our training and due diligence services for our customers. We hope that this appointment demonstrates to the food safety community and the wider catering industry that NCASS are committed to raising the bar on excellence and safety and making these solutions affordable to all food businesses. I’m looking forward to working closely with Jenny over the coming years to deliver the best possible systems and solutions for caterers.”
Regulating Our Future (RoF)
Regulating our Future is a new regulatory programme currently being developed by the Food Standards Agency, due for launch in 2020. It aims to modernise the approach to how regulations are delivered by changing the business culture. It is likely to include adoption of new technologies to remove or reduce risk. For more information contact: [email protected]
The Nationwide Caterers Association
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