Vacancies for Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Members at FSA

Last updated:
1 February 2017
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The Secretary of State for Health is seeking to appoint a new Deputy Chair and three Non-Executive Board Members to the Food Standards Agency. The deadline for applications is 27 February at midday.

Board members do not represent a particular industry or sector and it is not essential for Board members to have specialist or scientific knowledge of any part of the food chain.

Essential Criteria

  • Awareness of consumer interests in relation to food and how the global food system is changing, with a demonstrable commitment to putting the consumer first
  • Strong decision making skills, able to assess complex evidence of different kinds, consider risks and benefits and explain the basis for a decision
  • Strong strategic thinker, able to help shape the FSA’s strategic direction, and link specific decision making to the strategy and bigger picture
  • Understanding of how to achieve significant change, operate across complex networks. Able to translate relevant insight into new situations, and anticipate future challenges and opportunities
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills – able to work as part of a team; champion diversity and difference within the FSA; accept collective responsibility and challenge appropriately;
  • and confidently deal with difficult situations sensitively.

In addition, the Deputy Chair will evidence the ability to play a leading role in the Board agenda; strengthening board relationships and ensuring the effectiveness of the Board. Will have the ability to chair Board meetings of a significant national organisation; act as a role model, and inspire others to achieve goals.

Desirable Criteria

In order to achieve a balanced Board, new members will ideally be able to bring skills and experience in one or more of the following primary areas:

  • Experience in complex international business or governmental issues
  • Leadership of complex change management
  • Insight into public health in relation to food
  • Understanding of SME business needs and issues
  • A senior scientist.

We would also be interested in candidates who bring skills/experience in one or more of the following secondary areas:

  • Veterinary experience
  • Expertise in data analytics or technological innovation
  • Detailed understanding of food safety/food standards
  • Local government experience
  • Strategic planning.