Corporate

Gender Balance on Public Boards in Scotland

Request

1. At November 12 2015, how many men and how many women were on the board of your organisation?

2. At November 12 2015, was the Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?

3. How many men and how many women are now on the board of your organisation?

4. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?

5. Does the board have a formal strategy or policy commitment to achieving gender balance? If so please supply a copy of the document where the policy is laid out. Please also confirm the date that this policy was adopted.

6. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the organisation?

Response

1. At November 12 2015, how many men and how many women were on the board of your organisation?

We have 2 men and 6 women on the Food Standards Scotland Board.

2. At November 12 2015, was the Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?

The Chairperson of Food Standards Scotland is a man.

3. How many men and how many women are now on the board of your organisation?

Not changed since 12 November 2015.

4. Is the current Chairperson (or person with an equivalent role) a man or a woman?

Not changed since 12 November 2015.

5. Does the board have a formal strategy or policy commitment to achieving gender balance? If so please supply a copy of the document where the policy is laid out. Please also confirm the date that this policy was adopted.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) was established by the Food (Scotland) Act 2015. It is a nonministerial public body and part of the Scottish Administration. Under the 2015 Act, Scottish Ministers are responsible for appointing and reappointing members of FSS and for setting their remuneration. The first round of appointments to the Board were made shortly prior to establishment of FSS as a new public body in 2015 and was therefore not overseen by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland, however the process undertaken adhered to the regulated procedure as closely as possible. Applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people and people under 50 were particularly welcome. All future Board appointments will be overseen by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and will also require to comply with the provisions of The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill which will be enacted later this year.

6. What is the current median FTE pay for men and women in the organisation?

This information is available from our Equality Report which is published on our website and available at the link below. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

http://www.foodstandards.gov.scot/downloads/Mainstreaming_Equality_Report_April_2016_doc

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