Brown to head up FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced the appointment of Catherine Brown to the role of chief executive, taking over from the outgoing Tim Smith.

Brown, who is currently chief executive of the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency, (AHVLA), will be joining the FSA in October.

FSA chair Jeff Rooker said: “The board and I are delighted to welcome Catherine to the FSA. Catherine’s wide-ranging experience and background, in both the private and public sectors, complement our core principles and will be valuable to the FSA as we move forward. Her experience of working and delivering in a devolved environment will be a benefit to the organisation.

“The board and I look forward to working with Catherine and ensuring the FSA continues protecting the consumer, regulating the food industry and enforcing the standards.”

He went on to thank Smith for his “valuable and successful work at the FSA”, which has seen the transfer of the Meat Hygiene Service into the agency. “Tim has made us a leaner and more efficient organisation, without compromising food safety and consumer confidence. We wish him every success.”

Brown said: “I am delighted to be joining the Food Standards Agency. It is an organisation firmly committed to protecting the interests of consumers, and one which places science and evidence at the heart of what it does. I look forward to meeting the FSA’s staff and stakeholders and helping to progress its important work.”

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