Deputy Director for Animal and Plant Health Policy - DEFRA

London (Central), London (Greater)
circa £80,000
18 Dec 2017
15 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

This policy transformation post will play a critical role in protecting animal health, enabling trade, and supporting productive agriculture, food and feed industry. It is a re-designed role within the Animal and Plant Health Directorate bringing together the teams that lead on the Animal and Plant Health contribution to the post CAP future agriculture strategy, on endemic disease in animals, and on livestock identification and traceability. As such it owns the policy on determining the future balance of responsibilities between government and the livestock sector in protecting and improving animal health.

It also runs the secretariat for the Animal Health and Welfare Board England, which provides independent advice to Ministers. On EU Exit it owns a significant element of the acquis and is responsible for ensuring this is amended in time for EU Exit, and for providing relevant policy input into trade negotiations.

The primary outcomes the holder of the role will be responsible for are:

  • Achieving Ministerial and then government agreement to the Animal and Plant Health elements of the future farming arrangements in England; this will be a series of targeted and time limited interventions that align with government’s overall strategy towards agriculture
  • Increasing productivity in the livestock sectors through reductions in endemic disease, while reducing antimicrobial usage as part of Government’s Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) programme
  • Delivering the required amendments to secondary legislation for EU Exit as well as a small number of BAU SIs.
  • Ensuring that  as the risk from Transmissible Spongioform Encephalopathies (TSEs) decreases, public health continues to be fully protected while the cost to the sector remains proportionate
  • Amending policy on livestock identification to ensure we have traceability standards that will support future trace in livestock and livestock products and the goals of the Livestock Identification Programme. 
  • Providing policy input into negotiations with the EU on our future economic partnership and into future trade negotiations with other parties.



With the prospect of EU Exit and the requirement to trade more globally this will be a period of policy change and is a particularly fascinating time to be involved.  The holder of the role will be expected to work closely with the Future Farming team, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and key livestock stakeholders. This is also a cross cutting role within the Directorate and so requires close working with the other DDs and with the CVO and DCVO.

The holder of the role will report to the APH Director and will lead three G6s. The team is expanding to meet the demands of EU Exit and currently consists of over 40 individuals, most of whom are based in London.  He/she will be expected to provide strong and effective leadership through what will be a challenging period, to contribute to the senior management team of the Directorate, and to model the SCS behaviours set out in the Civil Service Leadership Statement.