Sir Richard Packer

Former Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Biography

I spent over 30 years in the civil service and much of that dealing with the EU. I was a junior member of the team which negotiated entry in 1972 and later I was an official in the UK Embassy to the EU in Brussels. I attended over 100 meetings of EU Agriculture ministers (and probably dozens of meetings of other types of minister). I also had to deal with the BSE crisis in 1996 -98 and have written a (luckily well-received) book on it, The Politics of BSE. I have also been a director of a dairy company now called Arla and a joint editor of an internet publication on the political issues of the day

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