The UK and Ireland branch of the FCSI – which disbanded at the end of last year after a dispute with the organisation’s EAME regional operations – is in the process of reforming as a fully-fledged division again.
Earlier this week, a number of professional members of the FCSI UK and Ireland attended a meeting in London, chaired by Ken Winch, Fellow of the FCSI, to discuss how to move forward.
On the agenda was a range of topics, including membership, the FCSI’s role in the foodservice sector, the appointment of a new chairperson and group of trustees, and the strengthening of the relationship with allied members.
Earlier this year, Mr Winch told FEJ that all meetings with EAME management since the start of 2016 had been “constructive and positive” and that the organisation was looking to the future rather than the past. He also confirmed that while the previous UK board had stepped down at the end of last year, the UK division had never legally been dissolved and so it continues to exist as part of EAME.
There was a strong consensus from those present at the meeting this week that the FCSI remains a trusted and highly regarded professional body within the industry and has an important role to play.
Professional members agreed that the FCSI needs to stand for professional consultancy and work closer with other trade bodies, such as CEDA, CESA and ACE. FEJ understands that around a quarter of the original FCSI UK professional membership attended the meeting.
Consultants are set to meet again in London on 23 August, with all professional members invited to attend.
Following that meeting, the branch intends to announce a chairperson and group of trustees, along with a clear strategy for the way forward.