Our Board is chaired by Heather Hancock and has between eight and 12 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 for the FSA will be read out at the start of the meeting. The Board and Executive will then have the opportunity to address them as part of the relevant discussions. Questions for the FSA will receive a reply which will be published on our website as an appendix to the Board meeting minutes within 14 working days.
There is also an opportunity for those attending in person to ask questions, this happens at the end of the Board meeting.
|Date||Type of meeting||Location|
|8 May 2019||Extraordinary Board Meeting||Church House London|
|19 June 2019||Board and Business Committee||
Maple House, Birmingham
|18 September 2019||Board and Business Committee||Hilton Hotel,
|4 December 2019||Board and Business Committee||London|
|11 March 2020||Board and Business Committee||London|
|17 June 2020||Board and Business Committee||TBC|
|16 September 2020||Board and Business Committee||Cardiff|
|Meetings in 2019|
|13 March 2019||Minutes, papers and video|
|Meetings in 2018|
|5 December 2018||Minutes, papers and video|
|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|
Archived Board Meetings
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.
- Heather Hancock - Chair of the FSA Board
- Colm McKenna - FSA Board Member for Northern Ireland and Chair of Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee
- Paul Williams - Board Member
- David Brooks - Board Member
- Stewart Houston - Board Member
- Dr Ruth Hussey - FSA Board Member for Wales and Chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee
- Mary Quicke - Board Member
- Stuart Reid - Board Member
A record of Board Members' attendance at Board, Business Committee and ARAC meetings can be found below.
A record of engagements undertaken by Board Members can be found below.
Details of the business expenses of Board Members can be found through the link below.