Steve Wearne has had a number of Director roles in the Food Standards Agency. He was Director of the FSA in Wales from 2007 until 2013 and then Director of Policy & Science. Steve became Director, Global Affairs in September 2019, a role that incorporates his current position of Vice-Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the global food safety and quality standards setting body.
In November 2021, Steve was elected Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Steve is a scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry and a spell of postgraduate research in molecular biology. Steve joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1990 and held a range of posts in food science and food policy development, before transferring to the Agency when it was launched in 2000. His first post in the Agency was head of the Private Office and Private Secretary to the first Chair of the FSA, Sir John Krebs (now Lord Krebs).