Food Standards Scotland - Board member appointments

Locations UK-Aberdeen
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 weeks ago(17/06/2022 08:00)
# of Appointments
GBP £227.00/Per Day
Time Commitment
48 days per year
Public Body
Food Standard Scotland


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Do you want to help shape Scotland’s food future? Use your expertise to help us improve Scotland’s diet and protect consumers from food safety risks.


Appointment of Members of the Board of Food Standards Scotland


Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint four new Members of the Board of Food Standards Scotland. 



Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is Scotland’s food regulator and has established itself as the authority on all matters related to food and feed standards and safety and advice on how the public can improve on its diet and nutrition. Our remit is public health protection, focusing on food and animal feed standards and safety including food labelling, and improving diet and nutrition. We are an evidence-based organisation providing independent policy advice to both consumers and the Scottish Government.


FSS is excited about its future and it relishes the challenge of ensuring that Scotland maintains its reputation for the highest levels of food standards and safety. We want to promote continual improvements in diet and nutrition to effect improvements in public health; and above all else, in every action we take on food, we want to retain the confidence of consumers.


The organisation works with the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Health (DH) on many issues, such as dealing with UK-wide food incidents, taking action on Campylobacter, improving health through better diet, European developments and collaborating on research.


Role and responsibilities

The FSS Board, comprising our Chair, Heather Kelman, and seven non-executive members, is responsible for setting the strategic direction. The Board meets in public approximately four times per year, and our policy recommendations and decisions are published on our website It is our aim to be open and transparent in everything we do.


We are looking for new members to join the board who are passionate about protecting the interests of consumers when it comes to food, improving diet in Scotland and maintaining Scotland’s high food standards.


Non-Executive Recruitment Engagement Event

An online non-executive recruitment engagement event will be held on Tuesday 28th June 2022 from 6-7pm.  Potential applicants are encouraged to join to learn more about Food Standards Scotland and the role of a Board Member at the organisation. If you would like to attend the session please email to request an invitation.

Skills/Experience Required

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

There are priority criteria which are of particular importance to the FSS Board at this time.  To be considered for these roles, you must be able to demonstrate that you meet at least one of the following: 

  • An understanding of the landscape relating to public health nutrition in Scotland.
  • An understanding of population health and tackling health inequalities in Scotland.
  • An understanding of the landscape relating to agriculture and/or food production Scotland.
  • Regulatory experience, for example as a regulator or through working within a regulated industry.

In addition to the priority criteria highlighted above, you must also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrable commitment to putting the interests of consumers and the general public first
  • Seeing the bigger picture and ability to plan for the longer term in the context of Food Standard Scotland’s remit
  • Analysis and decision making
  • Working collaboratively and constructively with others

We very highly value the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Boards and are keen that people from all walks of life apply for public appointments.  Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on the FSS Board, such as those from minority ethnic communities, people aged under 50, disabled people, LGBTI+ people and men. 


Applicants for public appointments must be legally entitled to work in the UK.  Please see the Information for Applicants pack for further information.


Time Commitment and Remuneration

Members of the Board devote up to 48 days per year and receive £227 per day.  Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.


Length of Term

The term of appointment will be up to four years. There is the possibility of reappointment subject to evidence of effective performance and having regard to the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience required by the Board at the time.  Any appointments and subsequent reappointments will not extend beyond a maximum of eight years. There is no automatic right to re-appointment.



Quarterly open Board meetings are usually held face to face in Aberdeen and, at the moment, Board seminars are being held online via Teams.



Interviews will be held on 12, 15, 26 and 29 September 2022 and will be conducted via MS Teams. 


For more specific detail of the particular requirements of the roles, please see the Person Specification, which forms part of the Applicant Information pack, which can be accessed via the link below:


Food Standards Scotland Members Appointments - Applicant Information



There is a two stage application process. First of all, please click on the Apply for this job online link at the top right hand side of this advert to complete contact details, monitoring information and declaration of interest. The second stage is to download and complete the Application Form which can be found below. 


Food Standards Scotland - Members Appointments - Application form


If you experience any difficulties, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898, or by email at


Please  return your completed application form to by the closing date.

Completed applications must be received on or before 5.00pm on Monday 1st August 2022.


Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

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