Our Board

We are a non-Ministerial government department so we are governed by a Board, rather than directly by Ministers. The Board ensures we fulfil our legal obligations so that all decisions or actions consider scientific advice and the interests of consumers.
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The next Board meeting is on 13 March 2019

Our Board is chaired by Heather Hancock and has between 8 and twelve other Members. They are responsible for the overall strategic direction of our organisation. Day-to-day management is delegated to officials through the Chief Executive.

The Board is mainly appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. One Member is appointed by the Welsh Health Minister, and one by the Northern Ireland Health Minister. Information about how the Board works can be found in the Code of Conduct and Standing Orders documents.

How to register to attend a meeting

You can attend meetings to see the Board's discussions about our policies.

The Board holds its meetings in public and publishes meeting agendas, papers and decisions.

You need to email us to register for a Board meeting.

As places may be limited, please wait until you receive an official confirmation of your registration before making arrangements to attend.

You can also watch the meeting live online via the livegroup website.

Submitting a question

The FSA Board welcomes questions on the discussions held at each of its meetings. We are interested in receiving questions rather than comments and would advise that queries are kept as concise and focused as possible.

Once all Board papers have been published, questions can be submitted by emailing the Board Secretariat. You can submit questions from the Monday morning before a Board meeting until noon on the day before the Board meeting. All questions will be read out at the start of the meeting. They will be answered by the Board and Executive as part of the relevant discussions or by correspondence within 14 working days and then published on our website as an appendix to the Board meeting minutes.

There is also an opportunity for those attending in person to ask questions, this happens at the end of the Board meeting.


All personal or business interests that may be perceived to influence their judgement should be declared. Such interests include involvement in the agriculture, food and related industries.

Board Engagements

Board Meetings

Scheduled meetings for 2018 and 2019
Date Type of meeting Location
13 March 2019 Board and Business Committee London
19 June 2019 Board and Business Committee to be confirmed
18 September 2019 Board and Business Committee Belfast
4 December 2019 Board and Business Committee London
Meetings in 2018  
5 December 2018 Meeting agenda and papers
17 October 2018 Minutes, papers and video
19 September 2018 Minutes, papers and video
20 June 2018 Minutes, papers and video
14 March 2018 Minutes, papers and video
Meetings in 2017  
6 December 2017 Minutes, papers and video
20 September 2017 Minutes, papers and video
21 June 2017 Minutes, papers and video
15 March 2017 Minutes, papers and video
Meetings 2016
23 November 2016 Minutes, papers and video
21 September 2016 Minutes, papers and video
13 July 2016 Minutes, papers and video
18 May 2016 Minutes, papers and video
16 March 2016 Minutes, papers and video
28 January 2016 Minutes, papers and video

Board Expenses

Details of the business expenses of Board Members can be found through the link below.

Board expenses 

Archived Board Meetings

Board meetings from 2013-17 and 2006-2013.