Handing on the baton: Mike Waldock assumes Interim CEO role
03 August 2012
Cefas' Chief Scientist, Dr Mike Waldock, has assumed the role of
Interim Chief Executive with the departure of Richard Judge, who
was at the helm since February 2007.
The baton was officially handed over this week after Richard
Judge took up the post of Chief Executive at the Insolvency Service, an
agency within the Department of
Business, Innovation and Skills network.
Mike Waldock has worked at Cefas since 1980 and has held a wide
variety of scientific and management roles. His science background
is in the study of environmental pollution and he retains an
interest in this discipline. His senior management role began when
he joined the Cefas Management Board as Science Director in 2000.
This role was expanded over time to oversight of all aspects of
science operations within Cefas. He became Cefas' Chief Scientist
in July 2010.
"I am thrilled to have the chance to take on this role. Cefas is
a brilliant place to work," says Dr Waldock.
Often, when there's a change of senior management a new
direction is anticipated. Dr Waldock insists, however, that there
will be little obvious change in the short term.
"There will be important things to tackle in the next few
months, including how we work even more closely with other Defra
agencies and addressing the recommendations from our recent
independent Science Review.
"In addition, we will continue to build on our professionalism
and best practice to realise our strategic goals and business
An announcement about a permanent appointment is not expected
for some months, after a process of open competition has been
In the interim period Dr Waldock will be ably supported by
the rest of Cefas' Senior Management Team and the
agency's non-Executive Board members.
Notes to editors
- Cefas is the UK's most diverse applied marine science
organisation, which operates as an executive agency of the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It
provides evidence-based scientific advice, manages related data and
information, conducts world-class scientific research, and
facilitates collaborative action through wide-ranging
relationships. More detail about its range of activities may
be found on this site.
- Cefas recently posted its Annual
Report and Accounts, which is laid in the House of Commons
every year. This document may be viewed or downloaded for free from
- A recent photograph of Mike Waldock has been sent out with news
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