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; Minette Batters, President of the 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
  • Minette Batters


    National Farmers Union

    Minette runs a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire. The mixed farming business includes a 100 cow continental cross suckler herd, and a small herd of pedigree Herefords as well as sheep and arable. Diversification includes the conversion of a 17th Century tithe barn into a wedding and corporate events venue, and horse liveries. Minette co-founded the campaigning initiatives 'Ladies in Beef' and the 'Great British Beef Week'. She has been an NFU member from grassroots through to County Chairman; she served as Wiltshire’s Council delegate and also as Regional Board Chairman for the South West. Minette has also been a member of NFU Governance Board and served as NFU deputy president for four years from 2014 to 2018, before being elected as president in February 2018. Minette is also a Trustee of Farm Africa.

  • 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. 

  • Laura McMullen

    Global Head of Sustainability

    Compass Group
  • Janet Hughes

    Director, Future Farming and Countryside Programme

    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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