Deputy Chair – Food Standards Agency

Expiring today

Location
Cardiff
Salary
£17,474 per annum
Posted
31 Jan 2017
Closes
27 Feb 2017
Ref
225136041-01
Sectors
Public Sector
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time

Deputy Chair – Food Standards Agency

The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint a new Deputy Chair 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.

All candidates will have an awareness of consumer interests in relation to food and how the global food system is changing, with a demonstrable commitment to putting the customer first.

Candidates will also need to demonstrate an understanding of how to achieve significant change whilst operating across complex networks.

In addition, candidates for the Deputy Chair role will have the ability to play a leading role in the Board agenda along with the ability to chair board meetings of a significant national organisation.

Ideally, candidates will have 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; or veterinary science, however this is not essential.

Remuneration will be £17,474 per annum for a time commitment of approximately 44 days.

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

For more information, please visit our website by the “Apply” button on this page. 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.

The closing date for applications is midday on 27 February 2017.

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

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