Maria Jennings was appointed Director of the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland in September 2013.
Since joining the team at the FSA in NI in 2001, Maria has held various positions in the Agency and has been responsible for developing legislation and policy in relation to food safety, food standards, imported food control and food fraud, as well as nutrition and dietary health.
She obtained an Honours Degree in Environmental Health from the University of Ulster in 1990 and has more than twenty years’ experience working in the NI public sector. This includes work in a number of district councils enforcing food hygiene and standards legislation in a range of retail, catering and manufacturing premises. She completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Health in 1998.
Maria is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner and a member of the Food Safety Promotion Board’s Advisory Committee.