Ministers are looking to appoint a Deputy Chair and three Non-Executive Members to the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The statutory role of the FSA is to protect the health of the public and the interests of consumers in relation to food.

Body: Food Standards Agency
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sectors: Health
Location: Board meetings may be held throughout the United Kingdom
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: The Deputy Chair will receive remuneration of £13,900 per annum and the Non-Executive Members will receive remuneration of £8,000 per annum.
Time Requirements: The time commitment for the Deputy Chair is 35 days per annum and for the Non-Executive Members 20 days per annum.

As a Member of the FSA you will be responsible for ensuring the organisation discharges its statutory duties. You will also set and reinforce the FSA’s core values through the development and monitoring of strategic objectives, plans and policies. In addition to the responsibilities of a Board member, the Deputy Chair will deputise as necessary for the Chair over the full range of their responsibilities and act as a conduit between the Board members and the Chair, facilitating effective communication of consensus and opinions.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to operate on the Board of a major national organisation and at least one of the following criteria:

  • leadership experience in risk analysis and risk-based judgements, at a corporate and strategic level
  • audit and assurance – from a financial or regulatory/compliance perspective
  • expertise and track record in challenging the prioritisation, analysis and assurance of science and evidence
  • senior leadership in local government

In addition, candidates for the Deputy Chair will need the ability to chair Board meetings of a significant national organisation, and support and sustain an effective board with strong relationships.

Person Specification

All members of the FSA Board have a responsibility to:

  • ensure the FSA discharges its statutory duties in line with the requirement to protect public health and consumer interests in relation to food
  • set and to reinforce the FSA’s core values through the development and monitoring of strategic objectives, plans and policies
  • represent the FSA and its values
  • play an effective part in Board meetings, discussions and decisions
  • monitor the performance of the Executive in meeting agreed objectives and targets, including: the delivery of services; continuous improvement; financial performance, and risk management
  • assist with the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • participate as a member or Chair of one or more of the Board Committees: Business, and Audit and Risk Assurance
  • act in the public interest at all times, not as a representative of the interests of any particular sector, and without regard to any personal interests
  • commit up to 20 days per annum to their FSA responsibilities. This covers Board and Committee meetings; Board awaydays, training and workshops; FSA events; travel to meetings across the UK; and thorough preparation for Board business.

Board members receive advice and support from the Executive in respect of their duties and are provided with background information in order to carry out their responsibilities. There is a dedicated secretariat to support the Board. The FSA Board is a paperless body.

In addition to the responsibilities of a Board member, the Deputy Chair’s responsibilities are to:

  • Deputise as necessary for the Chair over the full range of their responsibilities
  • Act as a conduit between the Board members and the Chair, facilitating effective communication of consensus and opinions; promoting a culture of openness and debate and encouraging the effective contribution of Board members
  • Provide support and foster productive relations between the Executive and non-Executive Board members
  • commit up to 35 days a year to their FSA responsibilities.

Closing Date 25th March 2019

Additional Information

The statutory role of the FSA is to protect the health of the public and the interests of consumers in relation to food. Since it was established in April 2000, it has made its mark as a new kind of public authority – independent, proactive, energetic, open about policy and honest about risks.

The FSA Board is accountable, through Health Ministers to: the Westminster Parliament; the Welsh Government; and the Northern Ireland Assembly. Communications to the Parliaments and Ministers will normally be through the Chair of the FSA.

How to Apply

To make an application please email us your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring form, stating within the email body whether you are applying for the Deputy Chair or a Non-Executive Member role. The email to send your application to is as follows:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1653 in the subject field for the Deputy Chair role or VAC-1654 for the Non-Executive Member roles.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

George Hilton Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Attachments
FSA Info Pack – Deputy Chair and 3 x Members (FINAL)
DHSC diversity & monitoring form
GIS Form