Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin is a senior civil servant in Defra, responsible for the National Food Strategy. She provides strategic direction and leads the team.

Prior to joining the team she held a number of roles in Defra, including leading the EU Exit Oversight team, and in the Strategy Unit.

Before joining government in 2018, she had a career as a political strategist and policy advocate, working on agriculture and climate issues. She was Strategy Director at Green Alliance, an environmental think tank, and head of Agriculture and Land Management at the Institute for European Environmental Policy where she worked on the European budget, CAP reform, and led farmer capacity-building programmes in Turkey and Macedonia.

She was a member of a NERC advisory committee and currently is a board member of the Grantham Institutes, whose mission is to contribute world class research and innovation on climate.

She holds a PhD in geography from UCL and a post-doc in environmental policy from Imperial College.

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