Food Standards Agency CEO Catherine Brown resigns

Food Standards Agency CEO Catherine Brown resigns

The chief executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Catherine Brown has resigned from her position.

Catherine Brown has announced she will be stepping down from her role as CEO of the FSA in March 2017.

Catherine Brown has announced she will be stepping down from her role as CEO of the FSA in March 2017. Photo: food.gov.uk

Brown took up the post in 2012 and was previously chief executive of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA).

Before joining the civil service in 2007, Brown started her career with Unilever, where she worked in the UK and abroad for five years and qualified as a management accountant. She then worked for the NHS before joining BUPA, where she worked for ten years.

A spokesperson for the FSA said: “Our chief executive, Catherine Brown, has decided to move on from the FSA and we are looking to recruit her successor through open competition, with interviews planned for early in the new year.

“We are pleased that Catherine will be with us until the end of March 2017 in her current role and will be making herself available to support a smooth transition to her successor when appointed.”

Norman Bagley, policy director at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), has offered the association’s view on Brown’s departure.

He said: “AIMS believes the departure of Catherine Brown as CEO is appropriate given the history of anti-industry sentiments that have concerned us for some time. We need at the helm of FSA a person with a knowledge of how the food industry works and the expertise to foster a much better working relationship between FSA and industry to the benefit of consumers and industry alike.”

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