Karin Burnett, Jason Weeks, Jonathan Statham and Mark Jelley have been appointed as veterinary products committee (VPC) members.
The committee advises the VMD – an executive agency of Defra responsible for ensuring the safe and effective use of veterinary medicinal products to protect public health, animal health and the environment – on behalf of the secretary of state.
Dr Burnett is a clinical toxicologist, Prof Weeks an environmental scientist, Mr Statham a vet specialising in large animal practice and Mr Jelley a working farmer specialising in sheep, cows and arable cropping.
Code of practice
Their appointments by Defra minister George Eustace adhere to the code of practice for ministerial appointments to public bodies. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None of these four members have declared any political activity during the past five years.
Each new member will receive £148 per meeting with an additional £76 for preparation.