Mark Laurie

Mark Laurie

Mark is a Director of the Nationwide Caterers Association, with a specific responsibility to interact with numerous government departments, regulators and industry stakeholders. Through the Primary Authority Partnership scheme, his aim is to simplify and improve food safety and compliance for the 3,500 NCASS members, while representing their interests to local and national Government.

He co-founded Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham’s first and most popular street food event and has consulted on countless other street food businesses and market start-ups, including most recently the Hong Kong Government.

He’s currently working to develop a ‘street food alliance’ of local stakeholders to promote and support food entrepreneurship and employment in the city.

He was also involved in the Box Chicken project in Newham (east London) challenging school kids eating habits and is helping work on a similar scheme for Birmingham.

He has a special interest in food waste and sustainability which led him to co-found the 8th Plate project which salvaged 27.5 tonnes of uncooked waste food to create 55,000 meals for distribution to people living in food poverty. He believes that food can and should nourish physically but also socially and culturally, and that good healthy food choices and information should be available to all.