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Heather Hancock, Chairman of the Food Standards Agency, has confirmed that she has appointed Jason Feeney CBE as Chief Executive of the department.
Jason has been part of the FSA since joining as Chief Operating Officer in January 2015.
He joined the then DHSS as an Admin Officer in 1981. He spent his early years working in local offices in Leeds and Bradford in a range of frontline posts. In the 90’s he worked in Finance and in the Security Branch of the Benefit Agency managing their £350m change programme.
He enjoyed a two-year secondment to the NHS Executive working on GP remuneration and primary care funding. In 2002 he was promoted to the Senior Civil Service and spent two years as Head of Future Pensions. He then led the Central Design Authority before being promoted to be the Business Design Director for The Pension Service in 2005. Following the merger of The Pension Service and the Disability and Carers Service he was appointed Strategy Director for the new agency in May 2008 introducing a number of major service transformations.
In December 2010, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO for the Pension Service. Following departmental restructuring he was appointed DWP Pensions Director in October 2011. In November 2012, he was appointed DWP Benefits Director with responsibility for 22,000 staff delivering all working age benefits worth about £30bn a year to over 10m customers. He was made a CBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List.
Heather Hancock said: ‘I’m delighted that Jason Feeney is taking up the role of Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency. We know Jason has a strong track record of delivering complex change across sectors, and that leadership expertise is what set him apart from a very strong field of industry and public sector applicants. I very much look forward to working with Jason to address the implications and opportunities for food regulation as the UK leaves the European Union, and to deliver on our ambition to modernise regulation, all whilst maintaining the high level of public confidence in the work of the FSA.'
Jason Feeney will take up the role full time from 11 April.
He said ‘It will be a privilege to lead the FSA over the coming few years as Chief Executive. The work that this organisation does is vital to the wellbeing and health of everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and I will be proud to lead the dedicated and professional team that deliver it.’
Bakkavor appoints Yvette Sowerby As Technical Director
Bakkavor Group, a leading international provider of fresh prepared foods, today announces the senior appointment of Yvette Sowerby as Technical Director.
Yvette has extensive technical experience with both food manufacturing and retail customers. She joins from Sainsbury’s where she enjoyed roles as Head of Technical for Chilled Foods and subsequently Head of Technical for Packaged Foods. Prior to this she worked in a number of senior technical roles including two separate appointments at Marks & Spencer’s spanning a total of 20 years.
In her new role, Yvette will be part of the UK operational team but will also use her expertise to provide technical support to Bakkavor’s US and Asia operations.
Commenting on the appointment, Mike Edwards, Chief Operating Officer UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome Yvette to Bakkavor. I am confident that her expertise will prove of significant value as we continue to drive the technical standards across our business.”
Yvette Sowerby commented: “Having worked with Bakkavor in previous roles, I now look forward to joining the business as it continues to target growth both in the UK and internationally.”
API Strengthens Its Focus On Global Growth With New Appointment
Brand enhancement specialist API is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Beringer as Senior Consultant, further strengthening its leadership team as the company continues with its aggressive growth, capital, and restructuring plans.
In his new role, Beringer will report to API President and CEO Dino Kiriakopoulos as he focuses on technical, process, and business development projects on a global level.
"After meeting the team at API, it was clear to me that the company’s vision of becoming the global leader for its portfolio of brand enhancement products was precisely the next challenge that I was looking for in my career," explains Beringer.
"Joining API provides me with an exciting opportunity to use my varied experience in manufacturing, technical, financial, and sales to help fully realise the global ambitions of the business."
With over 20 years of experience in hot and cold foil stamping, Beringer brings a wealth of operational and commercial skill to API at a time when the company is forging ahead with its international growth initiatives.
Previously, Beringer served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Kurz Transfer Products in North Carolina, where he was responsible for all areas of the business, including both the manufacture and marketing of stamping foils and decorative finishes for packaging.
“API is delighted to be welcoming Drew to our team,” said Kiriakopoulos. “The addition of a leader like Drew will help us serve our customers with the largest, most consistent, and innovative range of foils, holographics, and laminates available.”
For more information on API and its range of foil, laminate, and holographic brand enhancement products, visit its website at www.apigroup.com.