Member of the Food Standards Agency

Body: Food Standards Agency
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Members are remunerated at the standard rate of £8,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 20 days per year


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Food Standards Agency – members
Hayley Campbell-Gibbons and Justin Varney have been appointed as members of the Food Standards Agency for 3 years from 1 September 2022.
These appointments will involve a time commitment of 20 days per year. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £8,000 per year.
These appointments have been 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. Hayley Campbell-Gibbons and Justin Varney have not declared any political activity.

Date: 26/07/2022

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/04/2022 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    26/07/2022 at 11:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make three appointments to the board of Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The FSA has a statutory remit to protect the health of the public and the interests of consumers’ in relation to food safety.

The role of non-executive members is:

  • To ensure the FSA discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirement to protect public health and consumer interests in relation to food
  • To set and to reinforce the FSA’s core values through the development and monitoring of strategic objectives, plans and policies
  • To represent the FSA and its values in communications with key stakeholders
  • To monitor the performance of the Executive in meeting agreed objectives and targets, including: the delivery of services; continuous improvement; financial performance, and risk management
  • To assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • To play an effective part in Board meetings, discussions and decisions, and work towards shared success
  • To participate as a member or Chair of one or more of the Board Committees: Business, and Audit and Risk Assurance
  • To act in the public interest at all times, not as a representative of the interests of any particular sector, and without regard to any personal interests
  • To give approximately 20 days per annum to the FSA and to travel to meetings across the country. In addition, Board members are expected to read widely to develop personal skill and ensure effectiveness in the role.

Board members receive advice and support from the Executive in respect of their duties and are provided with background information in order to carry out their responsibilities. There is a dedicated secretariat to support the Board.

Person Specification

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.  Applicants must have:

  • 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.

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 areas:

  • Understanding of (or experience in) a Government regulatory body
  • Expertise in safety and standards in the food industry
  • Expertise in (or understanding of) innovation which is relevant to food products/processes or delivery routes to the consumer
  • Expertise in financial management of publicly funded organisations
  • Experience in Local Government
  • Insight into public (or environmental) health in relation to food
  • A senior scientist working in a field closely related to the FSA’s portfolio

Additional Information

For further information about FSA and the role of Member please see the candidate information pack below.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a Supporting letter and completed Monitoring form to – please quote ref: VAC-1808 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email, please contact Kully Kanda on 0113 254 6277

Applications must be received by midday on Monday, 11 April 2022.

Monitoring form
Candidate Info Pack Final
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