Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) Chair Recruitment
The ACP was established under the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985 (FEPA) to give independent scientific advice to Ministers on all matters relating to pesticides. There are currently 18 Members on the Committee. The Chair and Members serve an initial term of three years and the Committee meets up to seven times a year in York. The position of Chair is currently vacant with the successful candidate due to take up the role in early 2013.
Subject to the successful Parliamentary passage of the necessary legislation, the ACP is expected to be reconstituted as an Expert Committee, probably in 2013. All Members will be invited to transfer to the reconstituted Committee.
The Advisory Committee on Pesticides requires a Chair to lead the committee and provide scientific advice to Government and the devolved Administrations on the safe and effective use of pesticides and other pest control methods. The Committee’s work involves evaluation of data on specific pesticides as well as providing generic advice on relevant issues.
ACP Chair (position effective from January 2013)
Ref: ACP 12004
Experience in managing complex interdisciplinary discussions, preferably of health or environmental issues. Dealing with the press, public and stakeholders. Experience chairing scientific committees. Knowledge of regulatory procedures relevant to the assessment of human health and/or environmental impacts would be advantageous. Strong analytical skills are required, together with an ability to draw together high level scientific advice and articulate the conclusions clearly to a range of audiences.
Potential applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to contribute to detailed technical discussions. Applicants should have considerable experience and have gained recognition within the scientific community.
The post is part-time and voluntary, although modest travel and subsistence costs are met and attendance and preparation fees paid. Applicants should be aware that the work can generate a considerable amount of both public and media interest. Travel and subsistence costs will be met for attendance at interviews for this post.
Appointments will be based on merit, with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Government and devolved administrations are committed to the principles of equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the Community regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion or disability. Women, representatives of ethnic minority communities and people with disabilities are currently under-represented on government committees and applications from these groups are therefore particularly welcome.
If you are interested in serving and have the necessary qualifications and experience, an information pack and application form are available from the links below or from the email address given:
Post: Committee Recruitment
Chemicals Regulation Directorate
3 Peasholme Green
Telephone: 01904 455704
Closing Date: 12.00 Noon, 12 November 2012
By clicking on these links, you will be able to download a full application pack including:
• Information pack
• Application form
• Guidance notes
• Monitoring form