CLA Governance Structure

The structure of the CLA has been organised to reflect the requirements of incorporation on the existing rules and practices.

This summary explains in more detail how it will work.

We have put in place a structure designed to achieve the optimum relationship between the Board and representation of the wider interests of the membership



Policy Committee

In addition there are Branches covering all the counties of England and Wales and these have been organised into Regions for administrative purposes. There have been no changes to these structures as a result of incorporation.

The whole structure can be seen in the organisation chart

Governance Structure

The constitution of the incorporated association will be contained within the proposed Memorandum and Articles of Association. In effect these are the legal equivalent of the existing Rules of the unincorporated association.

Memorandum and Articles of Association

This document has been prepared following consultation with the Board, Executive, members and professional advisors, including counsel, during the past few months.


Council is the guardian of the spirit of the CLA and its long-term objectives.

Therefore there is a strong, representative Council that nominates the directors to the membership, after taking into account advice from the Policy Committee, and makes sure they discharge their responsibilities properly. The Council is made up of a mix of elected and appointed members, which ensures that the CLA takes full account of the wider interests of the membership, for whose benefit it exists. The breadth of experience and perspective that this brings also enables the Council to fulfil its role of holding the Board to account and to act as the CLA’s conscience in delivering its objects.

The combination of a representative body and a Board working together provides both the strength and necessary challenge to ensure that the CLA delivers its core purposes and works efficiently and effectively as a complex organisation.


There is a small Board of directors that is responsible for the running of the CLA and for making sure that the organisation works as well as possible to deliver its core purposes. The majority of the Board are Council members.

  • Ross Murray -  President
  • Tim Breitmeyer - Chairman of the Board and Deputy President
  • Mark Bridgeman - Vice President
  • Helen Woolley - Director General
  • Rupert Ashby - Director of Membership and Regions
  • Michael Fetherston-Dilke - Chairman of Audit and Risk
  • William Fox
  • Andrew Grant
  • John Homfray
  • David Lodder
  • Alexander Dickinson

Click here to view the biographies of the members of the CLA Board.

Company Secretary

  • Andy Crawford - Director of Finance

Committees of the Board

The Board has three committees which assist it with particular aspects of its responsibilities:

  • The Audit and Risk Committee reviews the CLA’s financial and risk controls, audit processes and the CLA’s Annual Financial Statements, and advises the Board on these.
  • The Remuneration Committee agrees the remuneration and terms of engagement or employment of the incoming Officers, the Director-General, the Finance Director, and the policies for the re-imbursement of expenses.

At present the Board is carrying out the responsibilities of an Investment Committee. However, if is such a committee is established, it will make recommendations to the Board on the management of the CLA’s investments.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee makes recommendations to Council and the Board via the Chairman of the Policy Committee and the chairmen of the six sub-committees.

Branch Committees

The branch committees will carry out, as far as practicable, the aims and objects of the CLA as defined in the Objects in the Memorandum. They will bring the objects of the CLA to the notice of all those in the branch eligible for membership. The committees will consider questions referred by Council and bring to the notice of Council all matters as they regard as important, including the power to take a resolution to Council. They will bring to the notice of the regional committee and/or Council matters regarded by the branches as important. They will collate and oversee branch nominations to the Policy sub-committees. They will take all necessary steps for securing fair representation of the counties’ agricultural and other rural businesses upon local governing bodies, statutory committees and other organisations.

Each branch will nominate a branch representative to Council.

Regional Committees

The regional committees will co-ordinate and process responses to those national and local policy issues with regional implications and formulate regional policies. They will pursue and promote the CLA’s policies with external influencers, with partner organisations and with regional government bodies and their agencies. They will promote fair representation of agricultural and other rural businesses on those bodies. For purposes of good governance, the regional committees will assist Regional Directors in setting priorities, including budgetary priorities and will give approval to regional policy formulation. They will have the power to take a resolution to Council.

They will nominate a regional representative to the Policy Committee and regional representatives to Council.

Members of Regional committees provide advice and support to staff in the regions and are ambassadors for the CLA.

Register of Interests

There is a register of interests for the members of the Board, as required by company law.

Conflicts of Interest

Members of Council, the Policy Committee and its sub-committees, Regional and Branch Committees are required to declare any conflicts of interests.