New chief operations officer at Foods Standards Agency

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Colin Sullivan as chief operating officer. 

Sullivan, who is currently the lead civil servant for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) public inquiry, will take up his role on 25 September.

He has extensive experience in health and social care, having joined the Senior Civil Service in 2008 as operations director of the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, before moving on to be the director for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland in 2011.

In 2013, he was promoted to director of strategic policy & reform within the Northern Ireland Department of Finance, where his duties have included being SRO for the devolution of Corporation Tax and NI lead for Public Sector Reform. From January 2017, he has also been lead civil servant for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) public inquiry.  

FSA chief executive Jason Feeney said: “I’m delighted that Colin is taking up the role of chief operating officer. He has a strong track record of delivering in senior and challenging roles and his leadership is what sets him apart from other candidates. I look forward to working with him to deliver on our ambitions to be recognised as an excellent, accountable, modern regulator.”

Dr Sullivan added: “I am very pleased and honoured to be joining the FSA team. The Agency’s work is vital in ensuring public health and I hope I can serve the Agency well. I am looking forward to meeting and working with colleagues from across the FSA.”

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