Tim Bennett is the Chair of the FSA Board and has been a Board member since March 2008.
Tim Bennett is Director of the Welsh Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, an organisation that provides practical on-farm nature conservation advice. He is also a member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales.
Tim Bennett was Deputy President and then President of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales between 1998 and 2006. He was also a governor of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research between 2000 and 2006. He was Chairman of DairyCo - the Milk Sector Division of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, which administers statutory levies in the agricultural industry between 2007 and 2014. Tim sat on the Board of the Meat Hygiene Service and used to sit on the FSA's Audit and Risk Committees.
Tim Bennett has experience of most sectors of primary agriculture and of local retail sales, as well as a wide knowledge of the food supply chain. He and his wife own an organic farm near Carmarthen in South West Wales. The farm has at various times had a pedigree dairy herd, an egg-producing enterprise selling to local consumers and a beef breeding enterprise producing Aberdeen Angus animals.
Paid employment, office or profession
Spouse administrator in private healthcare.
Son employed in financial services.
Daughter employed as a music teacher in secondary school, Wales
Directorships, whether paid or not
Director and shareholder in National Livestock Management Database Ltd.
Director of the Welsh Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.
Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit
Organic farm owned in partnership with spouse in south west Wales.
Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations
Member of the National Farmers' Union.
Member of the Farmers Club London.
Member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales.
Member of a food taskforce in Wales, reporting to the Minister for Natural Resources and Food.
Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society.
Fellow of the Institute of Grocery Distribution.
Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares
The FSA has today announced that the appointment of Tim Bennett as the Chair of the FSA has been extended by the Secretary of State for Health and the Health Ministers in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland until December 2014 or until a permanent appointment is made. Tim was appointed following the departure of Jeff Rooker from the FSA at the end of his term as chair in July 2013.