Member profile

Claire Nicholson

Last updated: 20 July 2021

Claire NicholsonClaire Nicholson is the Science Council member representing the consumer interest and has held a range of roles representing consumer interests including having been an Independent Director to represent Consumer Interests on the Board of Red Tractor

Claire Nicholson’s representation of consumer interests has included being the consumer member of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, a member of the Food Standards Agency Consumer Advisory Panel and a member of the Advisory Committee on Consumer Engagement, and the Current and Future Meat Controls Stakeholder Group.  In her earlier career Claire was a Departmental Director at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets in a number of consumer-facing roles

Register of interests

In line with FSA policy and established good practice for accessing external expertise, Scientific Advisory Committee members are required to declare any personal or non-personal interests which represent a real or potential conflict in respect of general or specific aspects of work undertaken. Interests will be managed in accordance with the FSA’s policy and guidance. 

If members have interests not specified in these notes, but which they believe could be regarded as influencing their advice or other work for FSA, they should declare them. However, members are not under any obligation to search out interests of which they might reasonably not be aware. For example, either through being unaware of all the interests of family members, or of not being aware of links between one company and another. 

Current interests


Category of interest Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest (period)
Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies Member for consumer interests (Advisory Committee for Novel Foods and Processes)
Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations Trustee of the Reading Foundation, a small education charity associated with Reading School
Other personal interests My husband works for a small private equity company with direct investments in early stage tech companies in Northern Europe, and indirect investments via buy-out funds globally

Historic interests

Category of interest Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest (period)
Direct employment Independent Director for consumer interests at Read Tractor Farm Assurance (until January 2020)