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John Powell, Head of Agricultural Sectors team, DEFRA.

John Powell is Head of Agriculture Sectors Team in Defra a post he has held since March 2020. He joined MAFF in 1983 and until 1999 worked in various advisory and policy leadership roles. From 1999- 2017 he worked as an advisor to over 15 EU candidate countries on the establishment of EU agricultural policies and institutions. He re-joined DEFRA in 2017, and has worked on future farming policy, EU Exit and the Environmental Land Management schemes.