James Cooke

Land Sustainability Team Lead at the Welsh Government

James leads the Peatland, Soil, and Agricultural Land Use planning team within the Environmental Sustainability Directorate of the Welsh Government. James has led the development of the National Peatland Action Programme since 2019. His wider team covers a wide range of evidence, policy, and technical advice including the Soil Policy Evidence Programme, the development of a Soil Policy Statement for Wales, and representing soils through the planning systems in Developments of National Significance and mineral extraction cases.