Scottish Food Advisory Committee appoints new members
Wednesday 7 March 2012
Lord Rooker, Chair of the Food Standards Agency, today announced the appointment of three new members of the independent Scottish Food Advisory Committee (SFAC).
The new members, who will serve up to two years on the committee from 1 March 2012, are:
- Mr Andrew Murphy
- Mrs Alison Jones
- Professor William McKelvey OBE
SFAC includes two members of the Food Standards Agency Board who are appointed by Scottish Ministers to represent Scottish interests, and independent experts who are selected for their experience and practical knowledge of areas such as nutrition, food-related science and consumer interests.
In addition to the new appointments, Dr Jim Wildgoose, Dr Lesley Stanley and Mr Bernard Forteath have been reappointed for another two years, and Mr Christopher Trotter for one year.
Lord Rooker said: ‘These new appointments will ensure that SFAC continues to have members with a wide range of food-related backgrounds and in-depth knowledge. Drawing on this experience guarantees that thorough and well-considered advice on every aspect of food is given to the FSA by the committee.
‘I’d like to especially thank Amanda O’Donoghue, who is leaving the committee, for all her hard work and dedication during her time as a member of SFAC.’
1. SFAC was established in 2000 to provide independent advice and information on a variety of topics, such as food safety and standards, to the FSA in Scotland. It currently consists of eight members who provide a wide base of knowledge on food-related issues. Its interim chair, Dr Jim Wildgoose, is also a member of the FSA Board.
2. The FSA is an independent UK-wide government department set up as a food safety watchdog to protect the public’s health and consumer interests in relation to food.
3. Mrs Amanda O’Donoghue leaves the committee after serving the maximum six-year term.
4. Dr Carrie Ruxton remains as an existing committee member for a further two years.
5. The first meeting for new members is in Aberdeen on 13 March 2012.
6. More information on SFAC is available at the link below.
Mr Andrew Murphy has wide experience within the food industry, and particularly of the red meat sector, which plays a leading role in Scotland's food and drink sector. Most recently Mr Murphy worked as general manager of Vion Brydock Farms Ltd, Scotland’s largest pig farming operation.
Mrs Alison Jones has worked for many years on consumer issues and has considerable experience working on stakeholder engagement. She was development manager for the Soil Association Scotland for over seven years, and was then appointed as Head of Soil Association Scotland (April 2009-September 2010). Key programmes Mrs Jones led included school meals supply and standards, climate friendly practices in relation to farming and sustainable supply chains, and consumer campaigns.
Professor William McKelvey OBE has extensive experience of food-related science. In his role as head of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) until his recent retirement, he gained wide experience of the agricultural and food industry of Scotland. As a trained veterinarian he understands the key livestock and animal health-related issues that are important for food safety matters in Scotland. At SAC he headed up the Veterinary Services Group and Corporate Operations before taking up the post of Chief Executive Officer and Principal in 2002. He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Animal Breeding, a past member of Council of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), a past member of the BVA Scientific Programmes Committee and the Council of the Scottish BVA. He is currently a Director of the Oxford Farming Conference and a member of the Veterinary Policy Group of the British Veterinary Association.
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