Senior management

The Board is supported by about 90 office-based staff working in Aberdeen and approximately 80 operations staff working across Scotland.

Senior Management

FSS staff are led by a Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.

Geoff Ogle – Chief Executive

Geoff Ogle was Director, Scotland for the Food Standards Agency from June 2014 to March 2015. Geoff has been a civil servant since 1984 and within that time has undertaken a variety of posts including policy, programme and operational work. His roles have included being Private Secretary to the Child Support Agency (CSA) Chief Executive and both Head of External Relations and Head of Internal Communications in the CSA.

He moved in March 2002 to the Pension Service in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), where he was a Pension Centre Manager and then Head of the International Pension Centre. Geoff joined the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in December 2008 as Head of GB Field Operations where he improved performance significantly, and was the Senior Investigating Officer during the horsemeat incident from February to May 2013.

He became the FSA’s Acting Director, Wales from May 2013 to February 2014, and was then Portfolio Director until he took his post as the Food Standards Agency’s Scotland Director in June 2014.

Ian McWatt - Deputy Chief Executive

As Deputy Chief Executive of Food Standards Scotland, Ian oversees official controls delivery, local authority audit and enforcement, incident and intelligence response, veterinary audit and technical advice.  He also has overall responsibility for the food premises approvals, shellfish controls including service level agreements, contract and performance management and wine standards as well as Communications & Marketing and wider FSS Corporate Service functions.

Ian joined the Food Standards Agency in 2009 leading on the creation of the Operations Directorate which brought the Meat Hygiene Service and Food Standards Agency together. He then led the Operations team in Scotland from 2012 working closely with Scottish Government to create Food Standards Scotland.

Ian worked with Environmental & Consumer Protection Services from 1990 until 2003 where he led a multi-disciplinary team delivering official controls in food, health and safety, environmental protection and public health.

 

Garry Mournian - Director of Policy, Science, Finance and HR 

Garry Mournian Food Standards ScotlandAs Director of Policy, Science, Finance and HR, Garry oversees our food safety, nutrition and regulatory policy as well as maintaining responsibility for finance and HR. He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for delivery of our Brexit and Nutrition programmes.

Garry’s previous role of Corporate Services Director gave him overall responsibility in the development of Corporate Services for Food Standards Scotland, including securing the governance arrangements after the transfer of functions from when we were the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.    

Garry’s earlier career began in the Ministry of Defence in Westminster where he undertook a variety of different roles including project management, procurement, finance and business planning.  He then moved to Scotland and was appointed as Head of Corporate Services in 2008 with the Food Standards Agency in Scotland.

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