Their appointments, by Defra Minister George Eustice, will commence in January 2016. They will receive £148 per meeting with an additional £76 for preparation.
Dr Karin Burnett is a Clinical Toxicologist, Professor Jason Weeks an Environmental Scientist, Mr Jonathan Statham is a veterinary surgeon specialising in large animal practice and Mr Mark Jelley is Working Farmer specialising in sheep, cows and arable cropping.
Their appointments adhere to the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public: none of these four members have declared any political activity during the past five years.
The VPC advises the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) on behalf of the Secretary of State. The VMD is an executive agency of Defra and is responsible for ensuring the safe and effective use of veterinary medicinal products to protect public health, animal health, and the environment.