The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has confirmed Sophie Murray will become the new deputy chair of the association in October.
Murray, who is head of nutrition and hydration at Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare, has been shortlisted for the healthy eating champion award for this year's Foodservice Cateys.
Having received the support of the NACC membership, she will officially take up on the role at the NACC Training & Development Forum.
Incumbent deputy chair, Adam Michallat-Cox, will hand over the mantle at the forum, which talks place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham from 5 to 7 October.
As deputy chair, Murray will support the NACC national chair, Neel Radia, in driving forward the association's work to continually improve catering provision and services across the UK care sector.
She will also help raise the profile of care catering as a rewarding career option.
Radia said: "I'm delighted to welcome Sophie as NACC deputy chair. Sophie is a well-known and respected NACC member who has continually supported the association with dedication and verve.
"Her expertise in the field of nutrition and hydration, particularly in relation to the vulnerable and elderly, will be invaluable to our campaigns.
"I look forward to working with and learning from Sophie, and harnessing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the benefit of the NACC, our members and those entrusted to our care."
He added: "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Adam Michallat-Cox for his unwavering support and hard work during his term as deputy chair."
"Working with the brilliant team at the NACC has permitted me to develop my own knowledge, and it will be an honour to work together even more closely in future."
In her day job, Murray is responsible for guidance on catering and hydration across 45 care homes in the country.
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