Our governance

The main decision-making and management committees at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).


APHA Board

The board meets 6 times a year. It’s responsible for:

  • setting the strategic direction of the agency
  • making sure the agency meets its targets
  • managing risk
  • managing how we work and communicate with Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh and Scottish governments

The Board is chaired by Chris Nicholson, APHA Lead Non-Executive Director. Members and attendees are:

  • Alison White, Non-Executive Director
  • Laura Green, Non-Executive Director
  • Mike Venables, Non-Executive Director
  • Deep Sagar, Non-Executive Director
  • David Holdsworth, APHA Chief Executive
  • Kevin Ingram, APHA Finance Director for APHA
  • Jenny Stewart, APHA Director of Science and Transformation
  • Yvonne Spencer, APHA Director of Science and Transformation
  • Kath Webster, APHA Director of Scientific Services
  • Nicola Hirst, Service Delivery Director, Michelle Reynolds, Director with responsibility for Cross Agency Planning and Anne-Marie Wallace as Director of Plant and Bee Health
  • Andrew Soldan, APHA Veterinary Director
  • Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer (UK)
  • Nicola Spence, Defra Chief Plant Health Officer
  • Nadia Khan, Defra Deputy Director for HR

APHA Audit and Risk Committee

The committee meets 4 times a year with more meetings if required. It’s responsible for:

  • supporting the board in managing risk
  • assessing the agency’s performance
  • reviewing the agency’s financial management
  • reporting the results of the internal and external audits to the board

It’s chaired by Alison White, Non-Executive Director and other members are:

  • Deep Sagar, Non-Executive Director
  • David Horne, Independent Member

Regular attendees at the meeting are:

  • David Holdsworth, APHA Chief Executive
  • Kevin Ingram, Finance Director for APHA
  • Russ Baldwin, APHA Head of Finance and Business Partnering
  • Chloe Tyler-Young, Defra Group Chief Internal Auditor, Government Internal Audit Agency
  • Pragati Raithatha, APHA Risk and Assurance Manager
  • Rebecca Andrew, APHA Risk and Assurance Manager
  • National Audit Office

APHA Directorate Leadership Team (DLT)

The DLT meets fortnightly and is responsible for:

  • the day-to-day running of APHA
  • implementing improvements
  • monitoring delivery against targets
  • authorising and managing the agency’s change programme

It is chaired by David Holdsworth, APHA’s Chief Executive. The other members are:

  • Kevin Ingram, Finance Director for APHA
  • Jenny Stewart, APHA Director of Science and Transformation
  • Yvonne Spencer, APHA Director of Science Transformation
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services
  • Nicola Hirst, Service Delivery Director, Michelle Reynolds, Director with responsibility for Cross Agency Planning and Anne-Marie Wallace as Director of Plant and Bee Health
  • Andrew Soldan, APHA Veterinary Director

APHA Science Advisory Board

The board meets 4 times a year. It supports the APHA Board and Accounting Officer in their responsibilities for the oversight and assurance of APHA scientific work.

It’s chaired by Laura Green, Non-Executive Director. Other members are from a range of external scientists and experts working on veterinary and government science and research.

APHA Strategic Health and Safety Committee

The committee meets quarterly. It supports the APHA Board (and also reports to the DLT).

It oversees the implementation of APHA’s health and safety strategy to ensure the agency continually looks to raise standards and improve the health and safety culture. The committee resolves and decides on matters within its remit and escalates unresolved issues to the DLT.

It’s chaired by David Holdsworth, APHA’s Chief Executive. The APHA Corporate Health and Safety Advisor is the deputy chair. Its members include senior managers representing different areas of the agency.

APHA Board and Committee meetings

See information on APHA executive and non-executive board and committee members, meetings and attendance (PDF, 245 KB, 11 pages)