The Commission consists of four members, appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food. One person is appointed by the Minister as Chairperson.
Appointments are for a period not exceeding three years, but on expiry of tenure the incumbent can apply for a further term. Vacancies are advertised in relevant newspapers prior to expiry of current terms.
Since the Commission was first established in September 1989, the Commission has had three Chairpersons:
The current Chairman was first appointed in January 2010.
Over the years the Commission has seen many members – Clive Stevens, Brian Stynes, John Nicholls, John Allen, John Gallagher, Rob Delane, Eric Skipworth, Ken Boughton, Roger O'Dwyer, Ray Moir, Yvonne Fahl, Sue Middleton, Samantha Tough, Graeme Robertson.