Webinar: The Future of Agriculture, a Cross-Sector Approach with Defra, The Environment Agency, Compass Group and the National Farmers Union

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With the EU exit transition period coming to a close at the end of this year, the frameworks governing farmland, fisheries and agricultural produce are set to change. While this has been hotly debated in the media for the past 4 years, we have also seen the Environment and Agriculture Bills passing through the Houses of Parliament.

WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from an expert panel of leaders from across the sectors, to help you understand the future landscape of the agricultural and farming sector, and what this means for the natural environment and climate change goals. We will be joined by Kevin Austin, Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment, Environment Agency; Andrew Clark, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union; Janet Hughes, Director of the Future Farming and Countryside Programme, Defra; and Laura McMullen, Global Head of Sustainability, Compass Group.

By tuning into this webinar you will:

  • Better understand the role of collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, as the UK rethinks its agricultural policy framework post-Brexit
  • Learn about the future of agri-business, and how the farming industry is rapidly shifting to support environmental targets such as net-zero, biodiversity net-gain, and plant, animal and marine welfare
  • Have the unique opportunity to put your questions directly to senior leaders from across agricultural policy, industry and academia
  • Kevin Austin

    Deputy Director of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Environment

    Environment Agency

    Kevin is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency where he leads for the organisation on Agriculture, Fisheries and the Natural Environment. Previously he worked for Welsh Government in a number of roles including Head of the Agriculture Strategy and Policy Unit where he oversaw development of new sustainable land management schemes, negotiations with EU on transposing environmental directives and the introduction of the Agriculture Sector Wales Act.  In between roles he has also worked overseas co-ordinating scientific surveys in Cyprus and helping to develop a national strategy for sustainable agriculture in Zambia. 

  • Andrew Clark

    Director of Policy

    National Farmers Union

    Andrew Clark is the NFU’s Director of Policy, based at NFU HQ, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. He manages the NFU’s policy development teams which span key commodity, food chain, animal health and cross-cutting policy and professional service teams. Andrew was appointed to his current post in July 2014. He joined the NFU headquarters in January 1993 from Hertfordshire County Council and has filled a variety of roles including Chief Environment Adviser and, prior to his current role, Head of Policy Services. Andrew lives with his family in Worcestershire where he grew up on a hop and fruit farm. He has a PhD in Environment Science from the University of East Anglia and is a Chartered Landscape Architect.

  • Janet Hughes

    Director, Future Farming and Countryside Programme

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Laura McMullen

    Global Head of Sustainability

    Compass Group

    Laura leads sustainability at Compass Group, the world’s largest food services business, which spans 45 countries and serves millions of meals every day. Responsible for delivering Compass Group’s sustainability strategy Laura drives global initiatives forward on a broad range of topics including food waste, plant-forward meals, climate change, human rights and local community partnerships. She is responsible for sustainability reporting as well as internal and external sustainability communication. Prior to joining Compass, Laura completed an MBA from INSEAD and worked in sustainability consulting. She has a broad, commercial background having started her career in private equity and moved to the tech world where she helped several start-ups reach scale. She is passionate about driving sustainability and equality through business.


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