Dr Steve Wearne
Chairperson, Codex Alimentarius Commission
About this speaker
Steve has a career spanning over 30 years in food regulation in UK government and internationally, including over 20 years in the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). During this time, he has worked on issues across food policy and science, from additives and sweeteners, to veterinary residues and other contaminants in food, to modernisation of regulatory practice.
For the past 20 years, Steve has been a senior civil servant leading teams within the FSA. His roles have included Director of Policy & Science from 2013 to 2019 and, most recently, Director, Global Affairs. Steve was elected by Codex member countries to the position of Chairperson of the Codex Alimentarius Commission in November 2021, after having served over four years as Vice-Chairperson for this global food safety and quality standards setting body.
Steve has also advised other parts of UK government on agri-food strategy, including as joint leader of the secretariat to the Trade and Agriculture Commission (2020-2021) and as adviser to the Food Strategy White Paper team (2021).
Steve is a scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry and a period of postgraduate research in molecular biology.