THE CLA BOARD of DIRECTORS

Tim Breitmeyer

CLA President Tim Breitmeyer has been an active CLA member for more than a decade. He chaired the CLA Cambridgeshire branch committee for two years and has also chaired the CLA’s national Agriculture and Land Use Committee and Environment Committee.

Tim farms 1,600 acres in Cambridgeshire, growing wheat, spring barley, oil seed rape and sugarbeet, as well as contract-farming a further 3,200 acres. The business also runs a sugarbeet harvesting and delivery operation and rents out 5,500 square foot of office space.

Tim served for 18 years in the Grenadier Guards, retiring in 1996, and is a member of Her Majesty’s Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, providing a ceremonial guard for HM The Queen on state occasions. After leaving the Army he worked for 18 years at Andersons Farm Business Consultants.

Mark Bridgeman

For the last 13 years, Mark has managed the Fallodon Estate in Northumberland. It consists of an in-hand farm, let farms, woodland and biomass, residential housing, a tourism venture and housing development. After Durham University, Mark spent 19 years at Schroders as a fund manager. He is now on the board of two London listed investment trusts and is a trustee of the Weston Park Foundation.

Mark has been actively involved in the CLA for 11 years. He joined the CLA Policy Committee nine years ago as the North East’s representative before chairing the Legal and Parliamentary and Property Rights Committee from 2011-13, during which time he also chaired the Housing Working Group that produced the CLA’s Housing policy document. From 2013-15 he chaired the Environment Committee before becoming Vice President in 2015.

Mark is currently Deputy President of the CLA and chairs the Board.

Mark Tufnell

Mark owns and manages a traditional estate in the Cotswolds. The farm is mainly arable incorporating key conservation measures for wildlife and enhancing biodiversity. It is part of the Jordans Farming partnership and a member of LEAF Marque. In addition, there are a number of residential properties and commercial lets.

Mark has been actively involved in the CLA for over 20 years at branch and regional level, then chairing the Business and Rural Economy committee, Agriculture & Land Use committee and latterly the Taxation committee.

He has served on the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England and as a local councillor on Cotswold District Council with responsibility for the environment. He was also a Secretary of State Appointed member of the Cotswold Conservation Board. Mark trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and then worked for several specialist private client firms before setting up his own small practice. The estate is now his main focus.

Sarah Hendry

Sarah Hendry is the Director General of the CLA. After studying Modern Languages at Oxford University, she has spent most of her career in the Civil Service, working mostly within Defra but also in the Cabinet Office and Department of Health. She was a Director for 12 years and has been responsible for a wide range of policy areas including water, flood defence, rural development, Common Agricultural Policy reform, animal health and welfare, farming, forestry and climate change. Sarah was awarded a CBE in 2006 for her work on climate change.

Alexander Dickinson

Alexander is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. He is the owner of the Styford Estate in Northumberland, which has a mixed farming operation together with cottages, woodlands, fishing on the River Tyne and a small family shoot. He also runs his family's property investment company.

Alexander specialises in advising landed estates, holds many trusteeships and sits on the board of several family offices. In addition, he is a trustee of a number of grant making charities, is Under Sheriff of Northumberland and a patron of Child Bereavement UK.

Andrew Grant

Andrew farms nearly 600 acres with a mixed farming business consisting of cereals, suckling cows and sheep. 

He is a Chartered Surveyor, Estate Agent FRICS and owns the largest independent Estate Agency business in the West Midlands with 15 offices in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.  The business is run with a management team and chief executive.  The Agency is constantly upgrading its marketing techniques including press releases, improving technology and contact with social media.  

Andrew is involved in many charities and Trusts which include being a former Governor, and currently a Patron, of St Richards Hospice, Chairman of a Fundraising Committee for a new hospice and is Ambassador for the Elizabeth Fitzroy Charity which looks after some 600 residents with serious learning difficulties.

Andrew has been involved with the CLA since 1996 when he became a member of Worcester Branch becoming Chairman in 1999 and President in 2002.  He became Chairman of West Midlands Regional Committee in 2004-2007 and was on Policy Committee 2010-2013. 

William Fox

William owns a 1000 acre arable farm in West Norfolk which has a rotation of wheat, barley OSR and sugar beet. It also includes a small family shoot. After leaving the army in 1983 he studied at RAC, Cirencester studying farming and farm management then pursued a career in investment management, joining Cazenove & Co as a trainee in 1986 where he remains. Despite working in investment management he describes his occupation as a farmer although this is restricted to weekends rather than the day to day management.

William has a current FCA registration and manages, inter alia, private client and Trust portfolios. He brings to the Board 30 years of investment management experience believing that the Investment Policy Document must be clear about the aims of the CLA and would monitor and engage with fund managers to help meet the required objectives.

Michael Fetherston-Dilke

Michael trained as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and spent the latter part of his business career as a non-executive chairman or director of a range of private equity-backed businesses, mostly in service-related industries. For several years before its sale he was Chairman of Spaldings, the nationwide distributor of agricultural spares. Earlier he spent 12 years at a senior level with BET, a large UK multinational service group, before developing his private equity interests with 3i and other private equity houses.

He is a Governor of the Lady Katherine Leveson charity which provides sheltered housing and residential care accommodation in a Christian community outside Solihull and has recently retired as Chairman of the Heart of England region of Historic Houses. He lives on a Midlands let agricultural estate. He has served on the Warwickshire branch of the CLA for many years.

John Homfray

John became a teacher for the Inner London Education Authority in 1975 and after studying for an MBA in 1978 changed career to work for AB Electronics Products Group plc. He formed his own electronics company in 1985 and after 10 years moved over to the distribution and installation of security systems.

Following his father’s retirement in 2002 he took over the family estate in Glamorgan which at that time had 1100 cattle and 1400 sheep. The Estate, like so many, has seen massive changes in the last 5 years, with investment away from livestock and into rental units, farm shop and café, free range laying hens, waste recycling and accommodation. Luckily the Estate straddles the main A48 out of Cardiff, enabling it to evolve into the classic modern CLA member’s diversified operation.

John has had extensive involvement with the CLA for many years serving on Environment Committee, Business & Rural Economy Committee, Policy Committee as well as being Chairman of the County Branch 2002-2004 and Member of the CLA Welsh Committee 2004-2009 subsequently becoming Chairman in 2010-2012. He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and Trustee of the CLA Charitable Trust.

Rupert Ashby

Rupert Ashby is the CLA Director of Membership and Regions and an Executive member of the Board. He is responsible for the membership income of the Association and the Regional Teams.

With a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Technology of Crop Protection, he farmed for 10 years, eight years of which was with the Co-op farms where he managed a number of large complex businesses for them across the Country. He joined the CLA in 2003 and was Director South East until 2012 when he moved to Belgrave Square to take up his current position.

He is a Governor at Nettlebed Community School in Oxfordshire.