The appointment follows a competitive recruitment round and he will take up the role on a permanent basis.
David Holdsworth, Chief Executive of APHA, said:
I feel very privileged to have joined APHA at this important time. The agency plays a vital role in safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.
David Holdsworth biography:
- Before joining APHA as the Chief Executive, David was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the UK Intellectual Property Office.
- He has also had senior roles at the Charity Commission, the Home Office and spent five years in the private sector.
- David is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has been Chairman of the Liverpool city region branch. David is currently a non-remunerated Board Trustee of the Council of Deans of Health – the voice of UK university faculties for nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions.
- The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) employs approximately 2,500 staff and operates from sites, including specialist laboratories, across Great Britain.
- In addition to working on behalf of Defra and the Scottish and Welsh Governments, APHA also provides services to other government departments, the farming industry, international bodies and commercial customers worldwide.