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From Jane Wills

Karoline Rowlands, Branch Chair, opened our recent Branch meeting by thanking Phil Shelley and his team for hosting the day. The business meeting covered a variety of topics including the new Foodbuy, and it was agreed that it would be beneficial to meet with Foodbuy directly to discuss further.

Following the meeting, we were treated to some interesting presentations, including Boka Foods showcasing some of their CQUIN-compliant snacks (which include cereals bars, marshmallows and granola), and from Paula Melhuish the Deputy Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Development at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, who shared her fascinating story of her career journey and how she ended up in her current role. Paula’s advice was to be open to opportunities, be flexible and adaptable, consider all the skills you have gained in all your jobs – reviewing them and developing yourself for any changes that may arise in the future – and understand your strengths as well as your weaknesses.

Our final presentation was from Kay Shearing from The Healthy Food Company, which has developed a range of healthy children’s food for hospitals, ensuring the children have food they like while being adequate in calories, having no salt, added sugar or saturated fats. The food is handmade in three factories around the country.

The day proved to be interesting and informative and a big thank you goes to the presenters for their significant input.

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