Our governance

The main decision-making and management committees at 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 the APHA Chief Executive as agreed by Defra. Members and attendees are:

  • Alison White, Non-Executive Director
  • Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer
  • Chris Hadkiss, Chief Executive
  • Ian Hewett, Director of Service Delivery
  • Simon Hall, Director for EU Exit & Trade
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services
  • David Harris, Veterinary Director (interim)
  • Dave Webster, Finance Director
  • Julie Fitzpatrick, Non-Executive Director

APHA Audit and Risk Committee

The committee meets 4 times a year. 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:

  • Nigel Reader, Non-Executive Director

Regular attendees at the meeting are:

  • Chris Hadkiss, Chief Executive
  • Dave Webster, Finance Director
  • APHA Head of Finance
  • Defra Internal Audit
  • APHA Auditors - KPMG
  • 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 Chris Hadkiss, APHA’s Chief Executive. The other members are:

  • Dave Webster, Finance Director
  • Ian Hewett, Director of Service Delivery
  • Simon Hall, Director for EU Exit & Trade
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services
  • David Harris, Veterinary Director (interim)
  • Jill Moray, Defra HR

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 Julie Fitzpatrick, 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 the APHA 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, 275KB, 7 pages)