CPA announces appointment of new Chief Executive
Sarah Mukherjee, currently Director of Environment at Water UK, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association, taking over from Nick von Westenholz, who will be moving to the NFU as Director of EU Exit and International Trade in the New Year. Sarah will take up the role on the 13th March 2017.

Commenting on the appointment, CPA Chairman, Gary Mills-Thomas said;

“I am delighted that we have been able to appoint someone with such a wealth of expertise and knowledge as the Association’s Chief Executive.

“As the crop protection sector continues to face significant political and regulatory pressures, which will only be magnified by the process of 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, and I believe she will bring strong leadership and a fresh approach to the opportunities and challenges that our industry currently faces.

“In the interim it will be business as usual at the CPA, the organisation is in excellent shape and will continue to effectively represent the crop protection industry ahead of Sarah beginning work in March.”

Sarah said of her appointment;

"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."


For further information please contact:

Adam Speed,

Communications Manager,

Crop Protection Association

01733 355375

07884 586400


Notes for Editors

  1. The Crop Protection Association (CPA) is a key voice of the UK Plant Science Industry. We promote the role of modern plant science in safeguarding our food supply from seed to shelf. Our members are involved in the development and manufacture of a wide range of plant science technologies which are of crucial importance to the cultivation and protection of food crops, protecting our gardens, woodlands, infrastructure and public places.
  1. Sarah is currently Water UK’s Director of Environment, with responsibility for all aspects of environmental policy. Sarah was previously Environment Correspondent for the BBC, which included presenting for the Today Programme on Radio 4, the main TV bulletins, Newsnight, Farming Today, Countryfile, and The Food Programme. She was a Distinguished Lecturer in the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy 2010 lecture series and was a founding Advisory Board Member of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, She has recently been appointed by the Secretary of State for Defra to be a member of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Authority.
  1. Sarah takes over from the outgoing Chief Executive Nick von Westenholz. Nick is leaving his position to take up the newly created role of Director of EU Exit and International Trade at the National farmers Union (NFU). A statement on the departure of Nick can be found at:
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