FSA appoints new chair
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Heather Hancock as its new chair, with effect from 1st April.
Set up in 2000, the FSA is a non-ministerial department and independent food safety watchdog.
Heather Hancock said of her appointment: “I am delighted to be appointed to chair the Food Standards Agency. The FSA is at a pivotal moment: looking to transform the way it delivers its regulatory role to meet consumers’ expectations for safe and honest food.
“This means new ways of operating, for the Agency and for everyone else who is part of assuring our food chain,” Hancock continued. “I will be focusing on strengthening our relationships with business, with an absolute commitment to pursuing those who wilfully and maliciously risk food safety and authenticity, and being an advocate for consumers, their food needs and food fears.”
Heather Hancock has previously served as private secretary to three home secretaries, establishing the Millennium Commission as its chief executive and was also the chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and executive director of Yorkshire Forward, the regional development agency for the Yorkshire and Humber region until 2012.
The role will be for a three year period and involves a time commitment of two to three days per week.