Alan Gardner, a sheep farmer and vice president of the Farmers Union of Wales has been appointed as the Food Standards Agency's new Board member for Wales.
He replaces Ann Hemingway, who steps down after six years in the post, and will also become chair of the Welsh Food Advisory Committee, which advises the FSA on food safety and standards issuesaffecting Wales.
Separately, professor William Reilly replaces Michael Gibson who steps down after serving six years in the post.
Professor Reilly, who stepped down as chairman of the advisory committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food to take up his new board position, is also a consultant in veterinary public health and head of the gastro-intestinal and zoonoses Section at Health Protection Scotland and a former member of the Scottish Food Advisory Committee (SFAC).
He is also a member of the government's Veterinary Products Committee, chaired the E.coli 0157 Task Force in 2001, and has been professionally responsible for the surveillance, research and epidemiological investigation of zoonotic pathogens in Scotland for over 25 years.