Defra celebrates International Women's Day 2016

On March 8th, the world celebrates the social,economic, cultural and political achievement of women. This year, Defra looks at inspirational women working across its organisation who lead in their field.


  1. Lucy Carson-Taylor, APHA Plant Health Extension Team Lead

    Lucy Carson-Taylor is team lead on cross-Government,stakeholder and public engagement for the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s Plant Health Technical Extension Team.

    Lucy started at the lowest grade in Defra and through mentorship and support from managers and Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate colleagues, progressed her career towards a Plant Health role.

    Lucy has initiated and developed several ground breaking plant health biosecurity campaigns; this has included biosecurity strategy changes across the government estate, directing plant health films and creating award winning outreach resources. Previously a plant health inspector out in the field, she has seen first-hand the damage that plant pests and diseases can do and the effect it has on people, business and the environment. Lucy names her career highlight as being part of the team that won a RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal for the Beyond Our Borders garden.

    Lucy says “I started on the lowest grade at Defra and have been fortunate to have some fantastic colleagues during my career. Having such great support and encouragement from my manager and the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate colleagues gave me the confidence to progress my career towards a Plant Health role. I’ve continued in this spirit by offering public engagement experience and opportunities to colleagues of all grades; the Chelsea and Royal Welsh show teams has been a great examples of why this works so well. I’m keen to see my area of work continue to benefit from encouraging diversity in approach, skills and background and I’m very glad that this is our modern working culture.”