Member wanted for NI Food Advisory Committee

As a modern regulator and independent Government body, the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland (FSA in NI) protects NI consumers with effective enforcement and advice on diet, nutrition and healthy eating.  The Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee (NIFAC) acts as an advisory body to the Agency and is chaired by the Northern Ireland member of the FSA Board. NIFAC’s role is to provide advice and information to the FSA, across its remit with a focus on Northern Ireland.

The FSA in NI wishes to appoint one new member to NIFAC in 2017.  The role involves a time commitment of 2/3 days per month, including committee meetings and preparation time, and attracts a remuneration of £5,319 per year (non-pensionable). Appointments are normally for a two or three year term and are made by the Minister of Health.

The application pack may be downloaded from this page.  Alternatively, application packs can be requested from: Seth Chanas, Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland, 10 a-c Clarendon Road, Belfast, BT1 3BG, Tel 028 9041 7762 or email

Completed applications must be received by the FSA at the above address by 5.00pm on the 16 March.

We would be particularly interested in applications from those with experience in nutrition; environmental health; communications, especially the use of social media; and/or social science and behaviour change.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities as these groups are currently underrepresented in the Committee.

The FSA is committed to the principle of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of the process and are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in making public appointments.

The procedure for this appointment is not bound by the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland; however the appointment process will be carried out in the ‘Spirit of the Code’ by the Department’s Public Appointments Unit.  This means that it is based on a fair, open and transparent process that involves independent scrutiny.  The Department for Health, makes the final decision about who to appoint.