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Timothy Riley - FSA Deputy Chair

Outlines the professional history of our Board Members and gives details of any business interests they may have in order to ensure transparency.

Timothy Riley

Timothy Riley is a livestock farmer in West Yorkshire with a passion for producing pasture based and environmentally sustainable Beef and Lamb. He runs a Pedigree Beef Shorthorn herd and is President of the UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society.

He is an experienced Board Director in the Private and Public Sector.  He is a Non-Executive Director for Better2Know Limited; Executive Chair to Wellstate HTA Limited (a Health Technology and Economics Consultancy); a Non-Executive Director and ARAC Chair to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and is a member of the UK Genetics for Livestock and Equines Committee. 

Timothy has served as a Senior Civil Servant in the DHSC and led high profile initiatives including the establishment of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the UK National Screening Committee and several other health policy and service initiatives on clinical standards and cost effectiveness. Over the following 12 years, he was Chief Executive to three NHS Primary Care Trusts and a Member of the UK

Secretary of State for Health's Sounding Board. He led the Greater Manchester Association of Primary Care Trusts and served on the Prime Minister's Futures Forum and co-authored the Forum's report, "The NHS Role in Public Health".

Timothy has a PhD in Molecular Immunology from Kings College, Cambridge University and started his professional life as an Academic Scientist with Research Fellowships at Cambridge and in London.

Personal Interests

Consultancies and/or direct employment:

  • Beef and Lamb Livestock Farmer on family owned farm.
  • Company Director
  • Unpaid roles:
  • Chairman, Wellstate HTA Limited (Shareholder Dividend Only)
  • President and Non-Executive Director of UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society.
  • DEFRA Lead Reviewer, Public Bodies Review Programme, Cabinet Office

Fee paid work:

  • Non-Executive Director of Better2Know Limited
  • Member, UK Genetics of Livestock and Equines Committee (DEFRA)


  • Wellstate HTA Limited

Clubs and other organisations:

  • Member, Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society
  • Member, Lleyn Sheep Society
  • Member, Yorkshire Agricultural Society
  • Member, British Association of Shooting and Conversation (BASC)
  • Member, Civil Service Club
  • Non-Resident Member of Kings College, Cambridge.
  • Member, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society

Other personal interests:

  • Farmer/Land Owner in receipt of CAP Basic Payment Scheme and Sustainable Farming Initiative Pilot.


  • Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society for England

Indirect support:

  • None


  • UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

Land and property:

  • Family owned farm

Non-personal interests

  • None