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Catherine Brown

Food Standards Agency
Chief Executive

Catherine Brown took up post as Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency on 16 October 2012.

Catherine was previously Chief Executive of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), which is an executive Agency of Defra. She joined Animal Health, one of the AHVLA’s predecessor bodies in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer, before becoming Chief Executive and leading the Agency into the newly merged AHVLA.

Before joining the civil service in 2007, Catherine had started her career with Unilever, where she worked in the UK and abroad for five years and qualified as a management accountant. She then worked in the NHS in East London, helping to set up Newham Community Health Services NHS Trust before becoming its Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive. From there Catherine joined BUPA, where she worked for ten years. As Managing Director of BUPA Wellness, and as Director of Change for BUPA’s health insurance business, her roles included running hospitals.

In the past, Catherine has also been a non executive Board member or Chair of various charities.


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