Animal Health & Welfare Board for England


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking applications for one or two new non-Executive Directors to join the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE).

These appointments offer a rare opportunity to help shape future animal health and welfare policy and strategy, as the UK leaves the EU. The AHWBE provides support, advice and constructive challenge to Defra’s Ministers and their officials in the development and implementation of animal health and welfare strategy and policy. The Board acts as a focal point for communication and co-ordination across the various sectors of industry, giving stakeholders with an interest in animal health and welfare a route into the heart of decision making on matters affecting them.

The AHWBE is chaired by an independent member – Michael Seals MBE. As well as being Chair of the AHWBE, Michael Seals is a Derbyshire farmer and Chair of the National Fallen Stock Company.

AHWBE non-Executive Directors are appointed for their knowledge and expertise, rather than as representatives of any particular group or groups. Members must be able to contribute effectively to the Board’s deliberations, offer challenge, and communicate effectively with stakeholders.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  •  The poultry and/or the cattle sectors.
  •  Animal health and veterinary science, including public health implications in particular related to the poultry and/or cattle sectors.
  •  Consumer perceptions related to the kept animal sector.
  •  Animal welfare and other relevant public interests including environmental issues.

Preference will be given to candidates who can show evidence of their ability to take a strategic view in their decision-making. Candidates with expertise in a particular aspect of animal health and welfare should seek to show their ability and willingness to participate across the broad spectrum of issues that may arise.

Remuneration will be £250 per day, up to a maximum of 30 days a year. Reasonable travel and subsistence will also be reimbursed. The appointments will be made for a term of up to 3 years.

Defra is committed to improving the diversity of its appointments and welcomes applications from women and under-represented groups, including individuals from Black and Ethnic communities; and disabled people – for whom we offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

These appointments will be governed by the principles of public appointments and will be based on merit, with independent assessment and a transparent process.

Please email the Secretariat for a copy of the application pack at AHWBEsecretariat@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Closing date: Tuesday 26 September 2017

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About The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

We are the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.