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Lecture & Award 2012

This year’s event took place at Kensington Town Hall, London W8 on 21st November. The speaker was Kath Dalmeny who spoke on"Socks and Sausages: We’ve come a long way on food policy, but it isn’t far enough!" which received an Association for Nutrition CPD Accreditation.

Kath looked back at food policy wins in the decades since Caroline Walker and her colleagues started raising the importance of food for our health and the sustainability of the food system on which we depend. She reflected on how hard those wins have been, how much of what has been achieved is now under threat, and discuss the lessons we can learn for keeping food firmly on the political and policy agenda.

Lauren Blake, PhD student with The British Library, Kath Dalmeny and Michele Sanderson from Tower Hamlets PCT

As Policy Director for Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming, Kath helps to develop and run food policy activities and campaigns in support of a healthy and sustainable food system. She has also been a Friend of CWT for many years.

Her background is as a food campaigner and consultant to organisations such as the Food Commission, National Consumer Council, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Food Climate Research Network and the London Development Agency. She has a Masters in Food Policy from the Centre for Food Policy.

She has a special interest in food, sustainability and climate change and how the benefits of healthier food can be enjoyed more equitably by people living on a low income. Kath, was a member of the Food Advisory Group to the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and is a member of the London Food Board Executive.

Tim Lang, President and Kath Dalmeny

A transcript of this lecture is now available (PDF, 2.5Mb).

The Maggie Sanderson Student Award 2012

This year, the award has been given in memory of Joyce Doughty who passed away on 21st February 2012.

Joyce taught and worked with Caroline Walker at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for many years. She collaborated with a group of nutritionists who were doing path breaking research for the MRC in West Africa in the late 1940s - mid 1950s: B S Platt, R H Fox, followed later by John Waterlow and the MRC team in Gambia. She helped compile the first-ever book of the composition of foods commonly used in tropical countries, published in 1962 and still in use today. Joyce, with her quest for knowledge, interest in the history of food, and great social conscience, undoubtedly had a great influence on Caroline.

Joyce’s daughters Ann Williams and Linda King with CWT Trustee Richard Longhurst

The £500 prize for the award has been generously donated by Joyce’s family and friends.

Students were asked to write a memorandum to the Minister for Public Health, as if from CWT, outlining the policies that should be introduced to ensure that vulnerable pregnant women in England are supported to eat well.

We would like to congratulate the 2 runners up who each received £50.

Celia Mannering, Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Surrey, and
Melissa Walkey, Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University

This year’s prize of £500 was awarded to Claire Donnelly, BSc (Hons) Dietetics from the University of Hertfordshire, seen here with Pippa Burge, CWT Trustee and judge of the student essay award. Read the winning essay.

See more photos from CWT's Annual Lecture & Awards 2012