Our team

The Policy Group consists of a team of competent, committed and experienced industry experts.

Dr Derrick Wilkinson

 

Derrick is an economist specialising in food and agriculture, with wide international experience, having lived and worked in Canada for 25 years before returning to the UK. 

 

He earned an economics degree with first class honours in Canada, before earning an M.Sc with Distinction, in International Political Economy, and a PhD in international economic relations, at the London School of Economics.  Derrick has some 30 years’ international professional experience in the analysis and development of trade policy, negotiations and disputes, in addition to EU and other international agriculture, food, and land use policies.

 

For nearly 10 years he worked as the Senior Trade Policy Advisor to the Government of the Canadian province of Alberta, on trade policy analysis and negotiations, including the Canada-US FTA, NAFTA, and the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations, as well as numerous international trade disputes.  Derrick has also taught occasionally as a guest lecturer in international trade policy at the University of Birmingham. In addition, he has more than 20 years’ professional experience with all aspects of the analysis, development, and implementation of EU agriculture and land use policy – including as Chief Economist at the NFU and later at the CLA. He has published numerous articles on international trade policy, agricultural economics and policy development, and spoken at conferences and seminars throughout Europe and North America. 

 

Peter Fane

 

Peter is a surveyor and agricultural economist. He helped set up Eurinco in 1997, after four years as Director of the British Agricultural Bureau, the Brussels office of the UK farmers’ unions and agricultural co-operatives. He was deputy-chair of the Government’s Countryside Agency, and Director of the Land Consultancy Group of the RICS.

 

Peter studied at the Royal Agricultural College (University) and subsequently obtained an MSc in agricultural economics from Wye College part of London University.

 

Peter has been advising UK businesses and professionals on the prospects for and implications of EU policy developments for 25 years. He specialises in agriculture, rural development and renewable energy.

Martin Redfearn

 

Martin enjoyed a successful career in farm business and related industry consultancy for twenty years. Initially in Scotland and northern England with Laurence Gould Consultants and subsequently in southern and south west England with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) and with Andersons, the Farm Business Consultants.
 
He joined Barclays Bank in 1995 as Regional Agricultural Manager in East Anglia. Geographical and other responsibilities grew over time culminating in his being appointed National Head of Agriculture in 2010. He retired from Barclays in 2015 to pursue opportunities in the independent sector.
 
Martin’s wide experience of agriculture and related industries is sought after through a number of other appointments. He is a Trustee of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, a Trustee of the East of England Agricultural Society, a Trustee of the charity The Addington Fund, and a member of the Rural and Agricultural board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management and a regular member of the team from the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants who deliver training courses for those developing within that sector.

 

Simon Ward

 

Managing Director of Increment and formerly proprietor of, and major contributor to, Inside Track (the leading specialist economics and policy magazine for the UK arable sector).

 

Simon is an economist with a degree from Oxford University and has specialised in agricultural policy and commodity analysis. Projects have been for government and commercial organisations in the UK and abroad. Clients include some of the largest farmers in the UK and multi nationals in the agricultural industry. His in depth knowledge of agricultural policy has led to implementation changes and help with conflict resolution. 

 

Associates

 

We have access to a number of associates on whom we will call to address specific issues. These include a recently retired member of the EU Agriculture Directorate, a lawyer with wide experience of UK and EU agriculture policy, and an accountant with similarly specialist sector experience.

 

As debate around UK agriculture policy, and the policy itself develops we will use our unrivalled contacts in UK and EU government, and their advisors, to provided a detailed understanding of the options and impacts in both general and specific areas of interest to our clients.

 

 

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