Chief Exec appointed to government committee

Date Published: 11/04/2007

OF&G Chief Executive, Richard Jacobs, has been announced as a new member of a key Government advisory body.

Organic Farmers & Growers' chief executive, Richard Jacobs
OF&G's Richard Jacobs, the latest addition to ACOS

Mr Jacobs is among the latest appointments to ACOS, the Advisory Committee on Organic Standards.

The committee is made up of a wide ranging membership, drawn from across the organic sector in the UK. It’s members provide advice to ministers on organic standards as well as research and development, in addition to monitoring the work of the nine certification bodies operating across the country.

Mr Jacobs, himself a former organic farmer, said: “I’m very pleased to have been appointed to ACOS. There is serious work to be done as the organic sector continues to grow and there are some key challenges to face.

“Members of ACOS are well-placed to bring their experience and expertise to the table to ensure that ministers get the best advice on the development and management of what is an increasingly important part of UK food and farming. I look forward to playing my part in that.”

Appointments to ACOS are made jointly by the Secretary of State for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Scotland Minister for Environment and Rural Development, the Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside of the National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Organic Farmers & Growers is one of the UK’s leading organic certification bodies and was the first to be approved by the Government to carry out the inspection and licensing of organics.