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Head of Transition and Post 2020 Policy – Chemicals and Pesticides, UK  Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

James works for the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as Head of Transition and Post 2020 Policy for Chemicals and Pesticides. Alongside the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Environment Agency, James is leading the UK cross-government programme of work to ensure the UK is prepared to implement and deliver UK REACH and Pesticides regulatory regimes at the end of the Transition Period.

James has been a civil servant since 2001, working in Defra, Government Office for Science and UK Trade and Investment (now Department for International Trade) covering a range of issues, including agriculture, disease preparedness and response, and science and innovation.