Heather Hancock will remain Chair of the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) Board for a further three years. The reappointment, made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, will run until the end of March 2022.
Heather served as Deputy Chair from October 2015 before being appointed Chair of the Board in April 2016.
Heather Hancock said:
‘I’m delighted to have been re-appointed as Chair of the FSA and I’m looking forward to realising the ambitious plans I set out for the Agency when I became Chairman in 2016. Our preparations for EU Exit have been rigorous and effective so I feel confident that, whatever the outcome, people will continue to have food they can trust. We are also three years into our programme to modernise the food regulatory landscape in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and we are starting to deliver real change and benefits through our Regulating Our Future programme.
‘There is still work to do to ensure greater protection for public health, and better assurance for consumers. Allergens, food standards, and greater transparency about food safety are just some of the issues my Board and I will be focused on over the next three years. I’d also like to pay tribute to the FSA staff from across all three countries for their extraordinary efforts to deliver during a very challenging time.’
FSA Board member, David Brooks, has also been reappointed in his position and will remain a member of the Board until 31 March 2022.