Forthcoming events

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public policy relating to food and nutrition. These include health professionals and representatives of the bodies they work for; businesses in the food supply chain and their advisors; local authorities and schools; consumer and other interest groups, and the voluntary sector; and academics and commentators, along with members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

Should you have any booking queries, please email jayne.cole@westminsterforumprojects.co.uk.

Stephen Pugh

Stephen Pugh

Food labelling policy and the European Food Information to Consumers regulation

Thursday, 9th July 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Stephen Pugh, Head of Food Labelling, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Lindsay Harris

Lindsay Harris

Meeting the challenges of food security: innovation, sustainability and international collaboration

Tuesday, 14th July 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Lindsay Harris, Deputy Director, Food Security & Food Standards, Food Policy Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Next steps for UK food waste policy - waste reduction, innovation and anaerobic digestion

Thursday, 10th September 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Nicola Hopley, Food Waste Team Leader, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Judith Batchelar

Judith Batchelar

Next steps for UK Agricultural Technologies - investment, research and progress from the catalyst projects

Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Dr Stephen Axford, Head of Agri-Tech, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Judith Batchelar, Industry Co-chair, Agri-Tech Leadership Council and Director of Sainsbury's Brand, Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Professor Ian Boyd

Professor Ian Boyd

The role of science in food and agricultural production

Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Central London

Guest of Honour: Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

In Production

The following issues are being considered for future events:

  • Priorities for the food and drink industry in the new Parliament
  • Beyond the Responsibility Deal – the future of voluntary agreements and statutory regulation in the food sector
  • Obesity
  • High fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) foods
  • Hospital food and nutrition
  • Marine and fishing policy
  • Food supply chain
  • Early years nutrition
  • Meat and dairy industry
  • CAP, and the future of UK farming
  • Food exports
  • Food and drink workforce
  • Food prices, poverty and food banks

Parliamentary Patrons of the Forum

The parliamentary patrons of the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum are: Sir David Amess MP, Richard Ashworth MEP, Lord Cameron of Dillington, Neil Carmichael MP, Lord Clement-Jones, Lord Colwyn, Tracey Crouch MP, Baroness Cumberlege, Lord Dykes, Nigel Evans MP, Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, George Freeman MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Baroness Gardner of Parkes, Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen OBE, Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, James Gray MP, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Lord Haskins, Sharon Hodgson MP, Rt Hon the Earl Howe, Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Diana Johnson MP, Dr Eleanor Laing MP, Rt Hon David Lidington MP, Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, The Earl of Lindsay, Tim Loughton MP, Karen Lumley MP, Baroness Masham of Ilton, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Professor the Lord McColl of Dulwich, Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP, Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Baroness Morris of Bolton, Lord Moynihan, Neil Parish MP, Baroness Parminter, Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Lord Rea, Viscount Ridley, Baroness Scott of Needham Market, Gavin Shuker MP, Lord Simpson of Dunkeld, Lord Skelmersdale, Mark Spencer MP, John Stevenson MP, Lord Stone of Blackheath, David Tredinnick MP, Lord Walton of Detchant, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Rt Hon the Lord Whitty and Baroness Wilcox. Note: parliamentary patrons take no financial interest in the Forum.