Neil Porter has become the chairman of the Local Authority Caterers Association (LACA) again.
Porter replaces Sandra Russell who has now completed her year in office.
A LACA member since 1992, Porter was previously national chairman of LACA from 2004 to 2005.
It will be Porter's role to represent members' views ahead of the introduction of new nutritional standards for school meals in England this September and, more controversially, at secondary schools from September 2009.
Porter is currently area manager for the Midlands and Western regions at building firm HBG Facilities Management, which include work on PFI schools.
He said: "We are facing what is probably going to be for school meal providers one of the most challenging periods in our history as we take on the implementation of the new nutrient standards.
"There are complex issues to resolve and concerns over the future for the school meals service but I am committed to continuing the good work of the previous chairman in keeping LACA at the forefront of the debate."
Beverley Baker, head of Surrey Commercial Services, has become vice chairman to Porter.
By Chris Druce
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