Former Radio 4 environment journalist to head up Crop Protection Association

The Crop Protection Association (CPA) has made a former BBC environment correspondent its new chief executive to steer it through the challenges of Brexit and the post-CAP regime.

Sarah Mukherjee, currently director of environment at Water UK, will take up her position in mid March 2017. She was a BBC environment correspondent for the Today Programme on Radio 4.

Mukherjee will over from Nick von Westenholz, who will be moving to the NFU as director of EU exit and international trade in the New Year.

CPA Chairman, Gary Mills-Thomas said Mukherjee had a wealth of expertise and had worked with politicians and civil servants. He explained: "As the crop protection sector continues to face significant political and regulatory pressures, magnified by Brexit, Sarah’s experience working with senior civil servants, politicians and regulators will be hugely valuable.

"Sarah has an excellent track record in communicating often very complex ideas to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. "I believe she will bring strong leadership and a fresh approach to the opportunities and challenges that our industry currently faces."

Mukherjee said: "I am delighted to be taking up such a crucial post at such a pivotal time for the industry. "Brexit and the post-CAP regime will bring both challenge and opportunity to the crop protection sector, within a context of population growth and climate change. "We need to balance the needs of the environment and sustainable farming with the requirement to feed a growing population, and I very much look forward to taking on these issues next year."

As well as Today, she has worked on Newsnight, Farming Today, Countryfile, and the Food Programme. She was a Distinguished Lecturer in the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy and a founding advisory board member of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, Mukherjee has recently been appointed by the Secretary of State for DEFRA to be a member of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Authority.

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