Richard Packer (civil servant)

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Sir Richard John Packer is a former British civil servant. He was Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) from 1993 until 2000. He was knighted (KCB) in 2001.

Sir Richard Packer was educated at City of London School and initially trained as a scientist at the University of Manchester. He had a distinguished civil service career being the youngest Permanent Secretary ever appointed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, a post he held for seven years until 2000. His earlier career centred on the agricultural and fishing policies of the European Union.

In 2006 his book The Politics of BSE was published by Palgrave. He is a non-executive director of Arla, the largest UK dairy company. He is married with 7 children.

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