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The Review considers the Department’s capability in leadership, strategy and delivery and sets out steps to improve Defra’s capability through its Change Programme.
This Review was conducted as a self assessment under the Guidance of Defra’s independent Non Executive Directors.
Bronwyn Hill, Defra’s Permanent Secretary, said “At its best, Defra is a great department. We want to build on the strengths of Defra and its people to make us at our best more of the time. We have put in place an ambitious Change Programme to enable us to face the tough challenges ahead. The changes we are putting in place will create a leaner, more agile Department, with clearly identified priorities, a joined-up approach to delivery and a business-like culture of high-performance and clear accountability.”
Defra’s Non Executive Directors, led by Iain Ferguson, said “We have been impressed by the rigour and thoroughness of the review and believe that both the strengths of the Department and the areas for improvement have been clearly and correctly identified. We are confident that successful execution of the Action Plan by Bronwyn and her team should enable Defra to be a more effective, influential and respected organisation, building on the encouraging progress which has already been achieved”.