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 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.
He is currently a Director of FarmREO a consortium of agricultural and rural consultants.
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.
Managing Director of Increment and proprietor of 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.
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.