New director appointed at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
14 September 2021
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced the appointment of Gail Carroll as director, regulatory affairs and compliance building.
Gail Carroll will lead, develop and manage the multi-disciplinary regulatory affairs and compliance building team in the FSAI. Along with the team, Carroll will focus on ensuring consumer health protection through the development of regulatory affairs, training and compliance resources for frontline food inspectors, as well as the food industry and provide leadership and support to staff in regulating the food industry in Ireland.
Carroll has worked with the FSAI for over 19 years in different roles working in partnership with the State agencies and at EU level on the enforcement of food legislation. Prior to this position, she was ‘official controls and Brexit strategy manager’ with the FSAI, which saw her lead all aspects of the FSAI’s work on Brexit across senior levels at government, State agencies, UK regulators and the food industry.
“Gail brings a depth of knowledge and experience to her new role at the FSAI, with a strong history of developing regulatory strategy at corporate level, providing expert advice to Government and at EU level on policy and legislation on food controls, working with State agencies and the food industry and developing innovations to enable strategic improvements,” the FSAI said in a press statement.
Carroll’s focus will be to lead on developing and implementing strategic approaches to food regulation based on best practice, science and better regulation principles and to provide input to food safety developments at national and EU level. She will also represent the FSAI at European and international levels to assure Ireland’s approach to food regulation is understood. As part of the FSAI’s Senior Leadership Team, she will play a key role in supporting collaboration across the organisation and contributing to the FSAI’s strategic plan.
Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive, FSAI, expressed the importance of the position in the context of an increasingly complex regulatory and policy environment.
“I would like to congratulate Gail on her appointment and wish her every success in the role,” Dr Byrne said. “The regulatory environment within which the FSAI operates is constantly evolving and changing with new policies emerging from Europe and internationally. Closer to home, the food industry in Ireland also continues to expand and develop and this requires ongoing engagement by the FSAI with key stakeholders including Government, the food inspectorate and the food industry.”
A native of Dublin, Gail Carroll holds a MSc in Environmental Science from Queens University Belfast and a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology from Dublin City University. In addition, she also holds IMI Diplomas in Management of Governance and Compliance, and Regulatory Management.