UK – The Secretary of State for Health has announced the appointment of Timothy Riley as Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), effective from January 1, 2024, for a three-year term.

Profoundly experienced in both public service and agriculture, Riley’s appointment is poised to further enhance the FSA’s commitment to ensuring the safety and integrity of the nation’s food.

Having served as a Board Member of the FSA since 2019 and Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC), Riley brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

His extensive contributions across various public and private bodies, coupled with his scientific background and in-depth knowledge of the food and farming sector, position him as an ideal candidate for the position of Deputy Chair.

With an academic background in Molecular Immunology, Timothy Riley has held pivotal roles in public service, including heading the team that established the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). His operational leadership experience includes serving as Chief Executive to three NHS Primary Care Trusts from 2001 to 2011.

Beyond his public service roles, Riley operates a commercial Beef and Lamb farm in West Yorkshire, showcasing his dedication to sustainable and nature-friendly agriculture. He is the President of the UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society, and his passion for livestock farming is further evidenced by his role as a Non-Executive Director and ARAC Chair to the Defra Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

A well-rounded leader

In addition to his public service roles, Riley holds key positions in the private sector. As a Non-Executive Director for Better2Know Limited, Executive Chair to Wellstate HTA Limited (a Health Technology and Economics Consultancy), and a Non-Executive Director and ARAC Chair to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, he demonstrates a rare blend of expertise that spans both public and private spheres.

Timothy Riley’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture is reflected in his role as President of the UK Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society.

His passion for producing pasture-based and sustainable Beef and Lamb aligns with the broader goals of the FSA in ensuring the safety and quality of food products.

Expressing his enthusiasm for his new role, Timothy Riley stated, “I value highly the role and work of the FSA in ensuring that our food is safe and is what it says it is.”

With his unique blend of scientific acumen, public service experience, and hands-on involvement in agriculture, Riley is poised to make a substantial contribution to the FSA’s mission.

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