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

It’s chaired by a lead Non-Executive Director which is currently vacant so as agreed with Defra they are chaired by the APHA Chief Executive. The other members are:

  • Vacancy, Non-Executive Chair
  • Vacancy, Non-Executive Director
  • David Hughes, Non-Executive Director
  • Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer
  • Chris Hadkiss, Chief Executive
  • Dave Webster, Finance Director
  • Kirsty Shaw, Director of Service Delivery
  • Simon Hall, Veterinary Director
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services
  • Jill Moray, Defra HR

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 David Hughes, Non-Executive Director and other members are:

  • Vacancy, Lead Non-Executive Director
  • Anne Tutt, 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
  • Kirsty Shaw, Director of Service Delivery
  • Simon Hall, Veterinary Director
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services
  • Jill Moray, Defra HR

APHA Finance and Performance Committee

The committee meets monthly. It supports the APHA Board and Accounting Officer in their responsibilities for the agency’s financial management and performance, and the operational and financial reporting to the APHA Board, Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Government.

It’s chaired by David Hughes, Non-Executive Director. The other members are:

  • Vacancy – Lead Non-Executive Director
  • Dave Webster, Finance Director
  • Kirsty Shaw, Director of Service Delivery
  • Kath Webster, Director of Scientific Services

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 a 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.

The Customer Board

The Customer Board considers the strategic priorities and future direction of APHA policy customer requirements, and provides a route for any strategic issues identified at country/policy meetings.

It also advises the APHA Chief Executive on decision-making and managing the relationship with Defra, and the Scottish and Welsh Governments.

The role of the chair rotates around members which include:

  • APHA Chief Executive
  • UK Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Chief Veterinary Officer Scotland
  • Chief Veterinary Officer Wales
  • UK Chief Plant Health Officer

Other attendees include senior managers representing APHA, Defra, Scottish and Welsh Government.

APHA Board and Committee meetings

See information on APHA executive and non-executive board and committee members, meetings and attendance (PDF, 143KB, 6 pages)