Robb has a wealth of experience for the role having joined the HCA in 1999 and sat for many years on the council. Craig Smith has stepped down with immediate effect and takes the title of HCA immediate past chair.
Robb said: “Chair of the HCA is not a position I sought for myself or ever dreamed of attaining however, now that I have, I see my tenure as one that requires me to continue delivering the work which ensures the organisation is fit for the future by becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee. I am keen in the short term to put in place a re-forming and modernising strategy.”
“One of the most important things for me is that the HCA continues to support and meets the needs of its members. Helping them to navigate the extreme complexity of our day jobs as caterers in the NHS and to do so across a wide range of platforms such as education, training, guidance and legislation.”
The HCA is a national organisation that represents healthcare catering managers who provide a range of food services for patients, staff and visitors to NHS hospitals across the UK.
Looking ahead, the HCA will continue its work with the Hospital Food Review, new Hospital Food Standards, NHS Caterers Competitions and the delivery of their training and development forum rescheduled to March 2022.
Wray, who joined the HCA in 2006, added: “It’s is a fantastic opportunity and an honour to be appointed as the HCA’s new national vice-chair, during this challenging and turbulent time.
“As we are still navigating through the Covid-19 pandemic, I am looking forward to offering my support to Brian, HCA members and fellow NHS colleagues. I am thrilled to start work on sustainability issues, Covid-19 catering recovery plans, as well as helping increase standards and drive change in our sector.’’
On Thursday 22nd April, Public Sector Catering will be hosting a webinar 'Next steps for the Hospital Food Review' and will be speaking with chair, Phil Shelley. To join the session please register here.