Engagement and Operational Readiness Director

Ali Johnson


Ali Johnson has worked within the civil service since September 1984 working in various departments, Ministry Of Defence, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) including British Cattle Movement Service and Rural Payments Agency. Her experience includes Leadership roles in Project Management and Operational delivery. In 2020 Ali took on the role of Engagement & Operational Readiness Director.

Engagement and Operational Readiness Director

Responsible for ELM National Pilots, early roll out of SFI Plans. Training, Operational Change & Readiness. Business Excellence framework including Continuous Improvement. RPA People Plan and people engagement. RPAs customers and stakeholders including insight along with profiles, data and Management Information.

Rural Payments Agency

Previous roles in government

  • Interim BPS and Countryside Stewardship Operations Director
  • Interim Basic Payment Scheme Director