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Karen Steele Defra

Karen Steele

Karen Steele is Deputy Director of Regulation and Enforcement in the Future Farming and Countryside Programme.

Her team looks at how the approach to regulation of the legal standards that protect the environment and animal health and welfare can be changed and improved.

They work with users from across the agricultural system to understand the problems of the present and how we can work together to design a better system for the future.

Karen joined Defra in early 2019. Prior to this, she spent over a decade working on complex issues across the schools and academies landscape in the Department for Education (DfE).

Karen lives in South Yorkshire and enjoys getting out into the Peak District and local parks with friends, family and 11 nephews and nieces.

Regulation workshops: what we did next 

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We ran some co-design workshops in November with farmers and other experts to help us work out how the regulatory system needs to change. We shared the outputs of that work on the blog. After those workshops, we began planning the next phase of our co-design work on regulation. I’d like to share our progress in this post.