Richard Packer (civil servant)
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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 to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, with whom he has four sons.
- "A Policy for Agriculture: Ending State Interference", a pamphlet written by Sir Richard Packer and published by the Centre for Policy Studies, December 2001.
- "Holy cow! The mandarin strikes back ...", a review of The Politics of BSE, Guardian Unlimited, 3 June 2006.