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Margaret Gilmore - FSA Board Member

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Last updated: 15 October 2021
Margaret Gilmore

Margaret Gilmore rejoins the Board of the Food Standards Agency - having served on it from 2008 - 2014, when she Chaired its then Risk Committee and was Deputy Chair of the then Meat Hygiene Service.

She brings lengthy experience as a Public Service non-Executive Director and Regulator with particular expertise in consumer interests, risk management and allergens. She is Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and was a Lead Assistant Commissioner with the Boundary Commission for England responsible for re-drawing parliamentary constituency boundaries in the West Midlands.

For 10 years she worked for the independent security think tank RUSI, most recently as a Senior Associate Fellow specialising in National Security and resilience including risk management. Her long career in television, radio and newspapers includes seven years as Senior Home and Legal Affairs Correspondent for BBC News covering national resilience and risk, terrorism, and Northern Ireland.

She was the BBC’s Environment and Agriculture Correspondent when the BSE crisis, climate change, farming and GM crops dominated. She takes a keen interest in allergens and labelling, and has a son with severe nut allergy. She continues to write and lecture on national security and counter terrorism.


  • Deputy Chair, HFEA
  • Occasional Honoraria for Lectures and Broadcast Interviews


Directorships whether paid or not.

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Income, recognition or benefits

Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit.

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Organisations, clubs or bodies

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations.

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Shares and investments

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.

  • Shareholder Quicksilver Media


Spouse - Quicksilver Media Director

Brother in Law - Zero hours contract driver for Uber Eats and Deliveroo

Son - Trainee reporter with Mail Online