For the first time in U.K. history a vegan will serve as head of environmental policy for the prime minister.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has hired Meera Vadher as his head of environmental policy. Vadher’s social media bio notes that she’s vegan with a “strong desire to smash the jargon and simplify politics and current affairs.”
Vadher is expected to officially take over the role in the new year. She first entered national politics in 2011 as a parliamentary assistant to the then MP Edward Garnier, who now sits in the House of Lords. After spending time working for West Midlands mayor Andy Street, she was given a job at the Department for Health and Social Care working on the NHS’s Covid test-and-trace system.
After that she began working on the Department for Transport’s green schemes, and was part of the UK’s Cop26 delegation. After just over 12 months in the role, she left to become a management consultant for Flint Global last year, where she advises clients on government policy on green transport, notes The Guardian.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rishi and he’s always nice, always attentive, always into the detail”, says Vadher. “Seeing him over the past few weeks on a marathon of the country, never flailing, never stressy, always listening, has reminded me what it means to be really good at your job.”