John Powell, Head of Agricultural Sectors Team, DEFRA
John 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.