Neel Radia has been re-elected as national chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) ahead of the organisation's National Training & Development Forum in Nottingham next month.
Radia was first elected to the role in September 2013. He has led the organisation against a backdrop of social care budget cuts and austerity measures as the care sector comes under increasing pressure from an ever-growing older population.
He has spearheaded a number of NACC awareness and support campaigns, and in particular has passionately championed the protection of Meals on Wheels services, calling on the Government to make it statutory throughout the UK.
Radia was also instrumental in the creation of the first professional qualification for the sector, the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering, which was launched in collaboration with the Hospital Caterers Association and Barnet and Southgate College.
Roger Denton has also been named national secretary of the association that represents professionals providing and associated with the provision of catering to the care industry.
Commenting on being re-elected, Radia said: "It really is a huge endorsement of the hard work of the past two years. In this time the team has laid firm foundations that I am thrilled to be able to build upon.
"For example, the pilot of the first ever professional qualification for social care catering was a particular highlight and I very much look forward to taking this to the next level. I must also mention Meals on Wheels. We have a long battle ahead to ensure that this valuable service is protected for future generations but as an association, we are ready."
Radia works for Raj Foods, a manufacturer of halal and ethnic meals for the care and health sector, and prior to assuming the position of national chair, he led the South East region of the NACC for six years, during which time he won the Region of the Year at the NACC Awards on four occasions.
Roger Denton is a long-standing active member of the NACC and former NACC national chair, whose legacy in the role was the creation of the NACC Meals on Wheels Week in 1997. His career has seen him manage catering services in three London boroughs.
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