Board member for Northern Ireland and Chair of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee
Food is important to all of us and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) plays a critical role in identifying, regulating and enforcing food law. The FSA is the non-ministerial government department responsible for looking after consumers’ interests in relation to food and our work continues to be in sharp focus after 15 years on the front line of food safety.
This is an exciting and challenging time for the FSA. We have won recognition for restoring the trust of UK consumers in the way food safety is regulated, and have an ambitious strategy for 2015 to 2020 to fulfil our vision of food we can trust and to continue to put consumers first in everything we do. Regrettably, ‘food we can trust’ is not a done deal. There are about 1 million foodborne illnesses within the UK each year with around 8,000 hospitalisations. The non-executive Board is ultimately accountable for the delivery of this strategy.
We are now seeking to recruit a Chair of the Northern Ireland Food Advisory Committee, who is also the FSA Board member for Northern Ireland. He or she will advise the FSA Board on matters relating to Northern Ireland and will be appointed by Northern Ireland Ministers. It is vital we attract individuals genuinely enthused by the scale of our challenges ahead and committed to helping us achieve our vision. If you join us, your work will have an impact on the health and quality of life of everyone across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate achievement in a Board-level leadership role. They must have a proven ability in strategic planning and evaluating risk, and evidence of having driven change. The successful candidate will have delivered improvement across a diverse, multi-faceted stakeholder population and have a genuine interest and understanding of the issues relating to food safety and standards. Experience in the food industry, food standards, consumer engagement, communications and public affairs, local government, veterinary science, public health, third sector or enforcement would be helpful.
To find out more about the role and how to apply, please visit the Veredus website quoting reference number 926963.
For a confidential discussion, please contact our advisers at Veredus: Nataliya Starik-Bludova on 020 7932 4265 or James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286.
Closing date for applications is noon on Monday, 21 March 2016.
The Food Standards Agency is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to recruit a more diverse workforce that reflects the people we serve. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities who meet the minimum published criteria.