Dominic Blakemore, group chief executive of Compass Group will present the City Food Lecture 2019 which is being held at London’s Guildhall.

Described as a highly experienced food industry executive, Blakemore took over as group chief executive at the beginning of 2018 and has been a board director of Compass Group since 2012.

Previously he held senior roles with Iglo Foods and Cadbury.

Being held at London’s Guildhall on 26th February 2019, the City Food Lecture is organised by the seven City of London livery companies involved in agriculture and food.

These include: the Worshipful Companies of Bakers, Butchers, Cooks, Famers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers and Poulters. It brings together 700 industry leaders, academics and liverymen.

Hospitality and catering specialist, Compass Group operates in 50 countries, employing 555,000 people serving over 5.5 million meals a year to the healthcare, education, leisure and defence markets.

Blakemore said: “It’s an honour to be asked to give the 2019 lecture. It’s a unique occasion that brings together people from across the food chain and encourages the exchange of insight and ideas.

“I plan to share our global insights about the way technology and consumer trends are having a far-reaching influence on the food industry.”

City Food Lecture organising chairman, John Giles, said: “I’m sure Dominic’s experience, combined with the global reach of Compass will provide the audience with unique insights into the trends that will shape the food industry in the years ahead.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel debate chaired by Chris White, managing director of Fruitnet Media, and featuring Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union.

The panel also includes Professor Corinna Hawkes, director at Centre for Food Policy School of Arts and Social Sciences City University, and Tamira Treffers-Herrera, regional head Europe Rabobank.

The event will conclude with an informal networking supper in the Guildhall’s Old Library room.