Tamsin Cooper

National Food Strategy Deputy Director at Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

National Food Strategy Deputy Director

Tamsin is a senior civil servant in Defra and leads the National Food Strategy team. Prior to this she led Defra’s EU Exit Oversight team and worked in the Strategy Unit.

Before joining government in 2018, she had a career as a political strategist and policy advocate, working on climate and agriculture issues. She was Strategy Director at Green Alliance, an environmental think tank, and head of Agriculture and Land Management at the Institute for European Environmental Policy.

She was a member of a NERC advisory committee and currently is a board member of the Grantham Institutes, whose mission is to contribute world class research and innovation on climate. She holds a PhD in Geography from UCL and a post-doc in Environmental Policy from Imperial College.