Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Members – Food Standards Agency

Body: Food Standards Agency
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Health and Social Care
Location: Board meetings are held around the country, but at least once a year a meeting is held in either Belfast or Cardiff.
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The Deputy Chair will receive remuneration of £17,474 per annum. The Non-Executive Members will receive remuneration of £10,772 per annum.
Time Requirements: The time commitment for the Deputy Chair is 44 days per annum. The time commitment for the Non-Executive Members is 30 days per annum.


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Food Standards Agency – deputy chair and members

Laura Sandys has been appointed as deputy chair and Mary Quicke and Stuart Reid as non-executive members of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for 3 years from 1 September 2017.

The appointments will involve a time commitment of 44 days per annum for the deputy chair and approximately 30 days per annum for the non-executive members, with remuneration of £17,474 for the deputy chair and £10,772 for the non-executive board members.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Laura Sandys has declared political activity by holding office with the Conservative Party within the past 5 years. She stood down as MP for South Thanet at the general election in 2015.

Mary Quicke and Stuart Reid have not declared any political activity.

Date: 19/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    27/02/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Recruitment paused during pre-election period.


Assessment Panel

  • Heather Hancock Added 01/02/2017

    Panel Chair

    Chair, Food Standards Agency • Representative of Organisation

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  • Helen Shirley-Quirk Added 01/02/2017

    Director, Department of Health • Departmental Official

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  • Tim Bennett Added 01/02/2017

    Deputy Chair, Food Standards Agency • Representative of Organisation

    Tim is standing down from the Deputy Chair role on 31 March 2017.

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  • Claire Holt Added 01/02/2017

    Independent Panel Member • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint a new Deputy Chair and three Non-Executive Board Members to the Food Standards Agency.

Food is important to all of us and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) plays a critical role in identifying, regulating and enforcing food law. The FSA is the non-ministerial government department responsible for looking after consumers interests in relation to food and their work continues to be in sharp focus after 15 years in the front line of food safety.

This is an exciting and challenging time for the FSA. They have won recognition for restoring the trust of UK consumers in the way food safety is regulated, and have an ambitious Strategy for 2015 to 2020 to fulfil their vision of food we can trust and to continue to put consumers first in everything we do. Regrettably, ‘food we can trust’ is not a done deal. There are about 1 million foodborne illnesses within the UK each year with around 6,500 hospitalisations. The non-executive Board is ultimately accountable for the delivery of this Strategy.

Person Specification

To be considered, candidates must be able to demonstrate the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Board members do not represent a particular industry or sector and it is not essential for Board members to have specialist or scientific knowledge of any part of the food chain.

Essential Criteria

  • Awareness of consumer interests in relation to food and how the global food system is changing, with a demonstrable commitment to putting the consumer first
  • Strong decision making skills, able to assess complex evidence of different kinds, consider risks and benefits and explain the basis for a decision
  • Strong strategic thinker, able to help shape the FSA’s strategic direction, and link specific decision making to the strategy and bigger picture
  • Understanding of how to achieve significant change, operate across complex networks. Able to translate relevant insight into new situations, and anticipate future challenges and opportunities
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills – able to work as part of a team; champion diversity and difference within the FSA; accept collective responsibility and challenge appropriately;
  • and confidently deal with difficult situations sensitively.

In addition, for the Deputy Chair

  • The Deputy Chair will evidence the ability to play a leading role in the Board agenda; strengthening board relationships and ensuring the effectiveness of the Board. Has the ability to chair Board meetings of a significant national organisation; act as a role model, and inspire others to achieve goals.

Desirable Criteria

In order to achieve a balanced Board, new members will ideally be able to bring skills and experience in one or more of the following primary areas:

  • Experience in complex international business or governmental issues
  • Leadership of complex change management
  • Insight into public health in relation to food
  • Understanding of SME business needs and issues
  • A senior scientist

We would also be interested in candidates who bring skills/experience in one or more of the following secondary areas:

  • Veterinary experience
  • Expertise in data analytics or technological innovation
  • Detailed understanding of food safety/food standards
  • Local government experience
  • Strategic planning

Additional Information

The Secretary of State for Health determines the length of appointment, which will be for up to a maximum of four years.

The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to encouraging applications from all sections of the community.

How to Apply

For more information, please refer to the attached information pack.

If you require an alternative format such as Braille, large print or audio please call Holly Wainwright on 0113 254 6135 quoting the reference FSA16-01.

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