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Anna Sanders

Food Policy
Anna Sanders

Deputy Director, Future Farming, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), London, England.

Anna had the unusual experience of doing the Masters part-time while working as a food policy official at Defra. There, her career spanned some significant policy developments, including the Labour Government’s cross-cutting strategy Food 2030, and the Green Food Project. She says the course deepened her understanding of the issues, and gave her a useful forum for testing and discussing ideas.

In 2012 she moved to the Cabinet Office to work on Civil Service Reform and then Civil Service Talent. She has recently moved back to Defra and throughout has maintained her interest in food policy. She is currently a Trustee Board member of Alexandra Rose Charities which focuses tackling food poverty and supporting healthy eating. She continues to argue that food policy needs to be taken seriously across many sectors, especially since the UK voted to leave the EU.