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Nicholas Owens

New non-Executive Director appointed to Cefas Board

Reference: 04-11
13 December 2011

Professor Nicholas Owens has been appointed as a non-Executive Director (NED) to Cefas' Management Board (CMB) and takes up his position on 1 January 2012.

He will also chair the Cefas Science Advisory Committee, which has an entirely external membership and advises the CMB on the quality and relevance of Cefas' science and technology.

Nicholas Owens succeeds Dr Joe Horwood in both roles, as part of a planned Board succession. Dr Horwood continues his involvement with Cefas as an Emeritus Fellow.

Professor Owens is currently Director of the British Antarctic Survey, having been appointed in 2007. His previous appointments include science leadership roles at Newcastle University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. His extensive research experience builds on a BSc in Marine Biology from Liverpool University, and a PhD from the University of Dundee where he developed his interests in estuarine and marine biogeochemistry.

Richard Judge, Cefas' Chief Executive, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Nick Owens to the Board. He brings a wealth of relevant experience which is a natural fit for our business and that will add great value to us.

"I would also like to thank Joe Horwood for the enormous difference he has made over many years of valued service. I'm particularly pleased that our links with Joe will continue."

Professor Owens joins sitting NEDs Andy Field, Michael Gates and Sue Sharland on the Board.

Notes to editors

  1. Cefas is the government's foremost source of evidence, applied science and impartial expert advice for marine and closely related aquatic environments.  Operating as an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Cefas has an internationally renowned scientific capability developed over more than 100 years.
  2. The agency employs more than 500 people at two main laboratories (in Lowestoft and Weymouth) and a number of port offices around the English coastline. Cefas works alongside government and other agencies, both in the UK and internationally, to play a vital role in securing healthy marine and freshwater environments for everyone's well-being, health and prosperity. For more about its range of applied marine science, visit www.cefas.defra.gov.uk.
  3. As an executive agency, Cefas is directly accountable to Parliament through Defra and its Ministers. Its Chief Executive, as Accounting Officer, has personal responsibility and accountability for the organisation and quality of management within Cefas, including its use of public assets. The Chief Executive is supported and challenged by the CMB.
  4. The CMB comprises a broadly equal balance of non-Executive and Executive Directors, with a blend of skills, knowledge and experience that enable the Board to discharge its duties and responsibilities. The Board is collectively responsible for the long-term success of the agency. It provides strategic, entrepreneurial leadership for Cefas, within a framework of prudent and effective controls that enable risk to be assessed and managed.
  5. The Cefas Science Advisory Committee is chaired by a NED and has an entirely external membership. It gives independent and objective advice to the CMB on the quality and relevance of the agency's science strategy and operations. 

Press contact: Anne McClarnon
Telephone: 01502 524370 / Email: anne.mcclarnon@cefas.co.uk


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