Opportunities on the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee

We are recruiting for a new Chair of the Catering Mark Standards Committee.

Our Food for Life Catering Mark recognises best practice amongst caterers and the food service industry. Over 900,000 accredited meals are served every week day in schools, hospitals, universities, care homes, children’s nurseries and many other settings. The bronze, silver and gold standards encourage and reward the use of fresh, healthy, local and organic food.

The Catering Mark Standards are set by an independent Committee which reports to the Soil Association Standards Board and elected Council. The Standards Committee oversees the development of the Catering Mark standards, through a robust process of public consultation and industry engagement.


This is a unique opportunity to take part in the development of the Catering Mark Standards at a very exciting time for the scheme.

Our Catering Mark Standards are pioneering and lead the way in improving the food served by caterers.  They offer a unique benchmark for the industry and are now being written into catering contracts across the UK. The scheme is growing very quickly and expanding into different sectors. This is therefore a very important time for the Catering Mark Standards Committee, which oversees the development of the standards, supported by robust governance from the Soil Association Standards Board.

We are seeking a new Chair to lead the work of the committee. We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have an interest in sustainable, ethical and healthy food
  • Are independent and impartial
  • Have the ability to rapidly assimilate and apply technical knowledge
  • Are experienced in chairing meetings to reach consensus decisions
  • Support the aims of the Soil Association and the development of the Food for Life Catering Mark

The Catering Mark Standards Committee meets two to three times a year, usually in Bristol, London or Birmingham.  This is a voluntary position with reasonable travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed. The Chair of the Standards Committee is also a member of the Soil Association Standards Board. This role therefore requires a commitment of around 10 days each year.

The Chair will be recruited as an individual, not as a representative of a company or commercial interest. If you think you have the right attributes to help guide the work of the Catering Mark Standards Committee please contact Jen Collins: or 0117 314 51780117 314 5178. Interviews will take place on 7 or 8 August 2014.

Applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, describing why you are interested in the position and how you fulfil the role profile, to reach us by 5pm on Monday7 July.



Farm scene

Related links