Statham will start the role on 1 November 2021, replacing the current chair, Michael Seals, who is standing down after ten years in the role.
Statham said: “It is a crucial point in time for the industry and for us as a board, with lots of key policies coming forward which bring along many challenges. It is an enormous privilege for me to take on this role once Michael Seals steps down. I look forward to working together with him and colleagues on the board.”
Lord Benyron, biosecurity minister, said: “With extensive veterinary and farming experience, Jonathan will play a key role in improving the health and welfare of kept animals in England over the coming years.”
Seals added: “We have an incoming chair who can take the work of the board and its advice to ministers to a new level, while supporting delivery through the forthcoming Animal Health and Welfare Pathway. I wish Jonathan every success as chair.”