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FSA seeks members for consumer committee

By Sarah Britton , 03-Sep-2007

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is launching an Advisory Committee on Consumer Engagement (ACCE) to assess and improve its engagement with consumers.

The FSA is now looking for a chair and eight members who will meet twice a year and report annually to the FSA Board. Committee members could come from a variety of backgrounds including business, media, academia or the voluntary sector, said the agency.

Applicants for the post of chair will be senior figures in their current field, with extensive experience of chairing multi-disciplinary committees.

ACCE members are expected to bring with them specialised knowledge of consumer perspectives, analysis of consumer data, performance measurement or improvement and marketing innovation.

At least two of the members are expected to have practical experience of engagement with disadvantaged and vulnerable consumers, said the Agency.

FSA chief executive John Harwood said: “By acting as an external challenge to me and my colleagues, the new committee will help the FSA strengthen even further its engagement with individual consumers. We look forward to receiving applications from a range of disciplines and sectors and to putting the resulting shared expertise into practice.”

Appointments will last for two years. Anyone interested in applying should see the link below for more details and an application form. Completed applications must reach the Agency by 24 September 2007.