Standards Board Member - Food for Life Served Here
Play a role in the governance of standards in the Food for Life Served Here programme
Role title: FFLSH Standards Board Member
Reports to: Standards Board Chair
Background: Experience working in the sphere of healthy and sustainable diets, with an understanding of standards, governance and strategy.
Food For Life Served Here is about making good food the easy choice for everyone – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.
We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills. This engages children and parents, staff, patients and visitors, caterers, carers and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.
About the opportunity
We are looking to recruit a new Standards Board member who will serve as the Food For Life Served Here Representative.
Our standards-setting process for the award has high levels of scrutiny and governance. Our standards aim to be stretching and ambitious, yet practical and achievable. The Food for Life Served Here standards are set by an independent Task and Finish Group, formed of industry experts from each sector in which the scheme operates.
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- To attend Standards Board meetings as the Food for Life Served Here (FFLSH) representative.
- To work closely with the Soil Association Standards team to recruit a FFLSH Task and Finish Group . (An example of a T&FG (poultry) can be seen here)
- To plan and chair FFLSH Task and Finish Group meetings, including agreeing items for the agenda and gaining an understanding of the issues in advance.
- The Chair must be independent of any of the schemes governed by the FFLSH governance process (e.g. as a Soil Association symbol holder or formal stakeholder).
- To provide support and guidance in the recruitment of the FFLSH Task and Finish Group, ensuring that the Group has the correct balance of membership;
- To chair meetings of the FFLSH Task and Finish Group and oversee the production of accurate minutes, liaising with the Standards Team;
- To provide leadership for the FFLSH Task and Finish Group, to steer the Refresh project of FFLSH standards, and to ensure input is heard from T&FG members as well as appropriate stakeholders through public consultation;
- To convene and agree the agenda of the FFLSH Task and Finish Group meetings (at least once per term ), liaising with the Standards Team;
- To attend termly Standards Board meetings and provide an update on FFLSH Task and Finish Group activities, including recommendations for the Board’s approval;
- To occasionally represent the Soil Association at events.
Appointed by a committee for a four-year term (renewable once), comprising:
- the Chair of the Standards Board
- a lay member of the Standards Board,
- the Farmer & Grower Board nominee
- the FFLSH lead, and
- a member of staff from the Standards Team.
Qualities of a Chairperson
- Excellent leadership, clear thinking, diplomatic yet authoritative.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to respect confidences.
- Good chairing skills and experience of committee work.
- Commitment to the charity’s objectives, aims and values and willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.
- A strong interest in the use of organic, local, fresh and healthy ingredients in the food service sector.
- An understanding of the challenges faced by the catering sector.
- Knowledge of the role standards can play in driving change.
- Able to attend circa six meetings per year (online or in person in Bristol): to both chair the FFLSH Task and Finish Group and to attend termly Standards Board meetings (online or in person).
- Other involvement as appropriate.
- Reasonable expenses covered (according to the Soil Association expenses policy) .
The deadline for applications is 1600 Mon 28th Nov. Interviews will take place the following week, commencing 5 Dec 22.
Please submit your CV and covering letter clearly detailing your relevant experience, including examples of how you meet the essential job criteria, to Katie Mason: email@example.com. Please ensure that any attachments you include contain your name.
Due to the high number of applicants and quick turn-around time, it is essential that you provide a covering letter to be considered for this role.
 A Task and Finish Group (T&FG) is an agile team of sector experts who are recruited as volunteers in this governance function. They meet periodically to provide input and guidance on a specific standards topic and make recommendations to our independent Standards Board. The first and most pressing role for the T&FG, once appointed, is to advise on the Standards Refresh project.
 or more frequently to resolve specific time-critical issues.
 In line with HMRC guidelines.