Radical Reformers ep.30: Emily Miles, Chief Executive, Food Standards Agency
This episode is with Emily Miles, Chief Executive of the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Before that Emily held a number of very senior central government positions in DEFRA, Home Office and Cabinet Office.
As you can imagine it is a very wide-ranging discussion. We talk about the role of the FSA (and yes we do mention Brexit and the impact that has had as well as the opportunity to create policy from first principles).
Emily offers fantastic insight on what makes a successful “bridge” between central government policy making and local delivery. The FSA sits very firmly on that bridge in terms of supporting the implementation of national policy and also supporting local councils in their day-to-day work.
My favourite part of the interview is when Emily talks about leadership and the importance of honest, authentic leadership and being yourself! She also highlights the importance of being open to making mistakes and how this is an essential part of the journey towards personal and organisational progress.