APHA appoints new Interim Chief Executive

Dr Jenny Stewart takes up the role safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has today (Friday 17 May) announced Dr Jenny Stewart has been appointed as interim Chief Executive.

Jenny’s term will begin on 1 July 2024. It follows the announcement earlier this year that current Chief Executive David Holdsworth will be leaving.

Jenny is the APHA’s Director of Science and Transformation and a member of the Executive Board. She will bring extensive experience from these positions, as well as other public sector leadership roles, including in the Home Office and the Open University.

Dr Jenny Stewart, APHA Director of Science and Transformation, said:

"I am absolutely thrilled to take on this role at such an important and challenging time for APHA. As always, we have lots to deliver for the UK to support trade, ensure biosecurity, food safety and food security.

"I hope my passion for the essential work we do to benefit communities, our environment and the economy will ensure the Agency continues to go from strength to strength."

David Holdsworth, APHA Chief Executive, said:

"I have had the privilege of being CEO of the Animal and Plant Health Agency for the last two years and I am in awe at the level of commitment and expertise in the Agency.

"I am delighted at Jenny’s appointment as interim CEO, as this will ensure the foundation on which we have built our new strategy will continue and strengthen the Agency for any forthcoming challenges."

The recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive will take place in due course.

From: Animal and Plant Health Agency