New Defra non-exec director is a grouse moor owner – Mark Avery

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Picture: Defra https://www.gov.uk/government/news/heather-hancock-appointed-lead-of-defra-non-executive-board

You could not make it up, yet after that, you do not need to. The most up to date non-exec visit to the Defra Board, made by the Assistant of State Therese Coffey herself, is a grouse moor proprietor from the Yorkshire Dales on whose grouse moor 2 Chicken Harriers are reported to have actually vanished. Although Defra in some way handle as well as that in their news– click here.

I have actually complied with Heather Hancock’s occupation with rate of interest because I belonged to a BBC team which I believe was called the Rural Matters Board which she chaired (quite well as I remember).

Mrs Hancock composed a strange record on the BBC’s countryside insurance coverage in 2014 which appeared to claim that the RSPB got on television and also radio frequently which this was due to the fact that they understood what they were doing–see here They aren’t included anything like as commonly nowadays– perhaps a person noticed Mrs Hancock’s record.

Mrs Hancock was Chief Executive Officer of the Food Requirement Firm throughout a duration (2016-21) when it did really little to alert the general public of the health and wellness problems of lead ammo in video game meat– see here

Mrs Hancock and also her hubby, that suches as to be referred to as Herbie, evidently have a grouse moor, Threshfield Moor, on which a Chicken Harrier was apparently attended be fired in January 2020 and also the very same moor was the last recognized area for a satellite-tagged Chicken Harrier which vanished in October 2017– see here.

Therese Coffey, herself a grouse-shooter’s moll (click here, and also here) claimed:

Heather’s wide range of experience and also expertise make her the suitable prospect for this function, and also I am certain she will certainly give exceptional understanding as we proceed our job to leave the atmosphere in a far better state than we located it.

Suitable? Depends what you are seeking, I presume. Time for a reshuffle.

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