Harley is the Head of Climate Mitigation Science at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), supporting evidence-based net zero policymaking and manages the research interests in this area.
He is responsible for understanding policy issues affecting the land-based sectors, as well as the emissions from and mitigation potential across the sectors.
Harley has more than 20 years’ experience working in the agriculture and land management sectors, providing evidence through to policy making. Previously he led on agricultural emissions and environmental opportunities at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Harley is also a former farm surveyor, then environmental policy advisor for Defra, and bioeconomy advisor for DECC (now part of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero).
Harley is a Member of the Royal Society of Biologists and a Chartered Biologist, and a Professional Member of Institute of Agricultural Managers.