Contacts

Your representatives working for you in the eastern region.

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Ben Underwood – Director East
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Ben was appointed CLA East Regional Director in January 2015 following a four-year spell as CLA Wales Director. During his time there, he advanced the impact of the CLA’s lobbying in the country and built relationships with key politicians, and oversaw a significant growth in membership. Ben has worked for the Association for 10 years and, previous to working in Wales, held posts as Conservation Adviser and Assistant Director South East.

T: 01638 590429    |    F: 01638 552206    |    E: ben.underwood@cla.org.uk

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Tim Woodward – Regional Surveyor
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Tim trained at the Royal Agricultural College (RAC), and has practised as a Rural Surveyor for over 25 years, specialising in estate management and advising institutional, charitable, and private landowners. He was the Regional Rural Surveyor for the National Trust in the East of England for eight years and has recently spent time on a consultancy basis as Interim Chief Surveyor for the CLA at Belgrave Square in London.

T: 01638 590429 or 07980 825295    |    F: 01638 552206
E: tim.woodward@cla.org.uk

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Claire Wright – Regional Surveyor
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Claire read Geography at the University of Birmingham before taking a postgraduate course in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College. She qualified as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor in 2010 and has spent time in professional practice advising a range of clients on a variety of areas including planning, commercial property and valuation before joining the CLA in November 2013.

T: 01638 590429 or 07702 928 860    |    F: 01638 552206
E: claire.wright@cla.org.uk

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Katy Anderson – Rural Adviser
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Katy has a keen interest in the environmental issues linked with farming, from soil health and water use, to the effectiveness and practicalities of rural payment schemes for both farmers and wildlife. She has an Integrated Masters in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, with her studies focusing on the relationship between biodiversity and agriculture, as well as the complexities of agri-environmental legislation. Her dissertation investigated the impacts of Ecological Focus Areas on farmers in the Fens and Norfolk.

T: 01638 590429 or 07525 196 838 | E: katy.anderson@cla.org.uk

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Caroline Fardell – Office Manager
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Caroline worked for the BBC, the Football League and Essex County Cricket Club before joining the CLA. The role of the Office Manager is varied but generally Caroline co-ordinates the East region team’s activities, organises events and supervises the CLA branch committees. Caroline lives on a farm and her spare time is spent looking after and riding her pony and walking her two dogs. As a qualified Dog Listener, she enjoys helping owners solve behavioural problems with their dogs.

T: 01638 590429 or 07792 094799    |    F: 01638 552206
E: caroline.fardell@cla.org.uk

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Emily-Rose Debenham – Events Manager
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Emily-Rose organises the CLA's events programme for members as well as the organisation's attendance at county shows in the region. She joined the CLA after graduating from Norwich University College of Arts with a degree in textiles, specialising in woven cloth. Having grown up on her family's farm in Suffolk, Emily-Rose is an active member of her local Young Farmers Club, Hadleigh YFC.

T: 01638 590429    |    M: 07702 926250    |    F: 01638 552206    |    E: emily-rose.debenham@cla.org.uk

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Lee Murphy – Communications Manager
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Lee is a former broadcast news editor for a cluster of radio stations in the east of England. He has also held a media and communications role at Stansted Airport and most recently was the Head of Communications at the Youth Sport Trust, where he oversaw national media activity linked to the London 2012 Olympic Legacy and a range of other high profile campaigns.

T: 07702 926696    |    E: lee.murphy@cla.org.uk

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Neil Wilson – Territory Manager for Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire
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Neil was brought up on a family farm in Lincolnshire. He gained an HND in Agriculture at Harper Adams Agricultural College, worked as a Farm Foreman and then Farm Manager on large scale mixed arable and livestock farms in the county. This gave him a thorough understanding of all the issues facing both farming and rural businesses as well as a great appreciation of rural life. Neil joined the CLA as a Field Officer and is now the Territory Manager for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. If you live and work in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire and you are interested in joining the CLA then please call Neil on 07919 371196.

T: 07919 371196    |    East office on 01638 590429    |    E: neil.wilson@cla.org.uk

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Sarah Franklin – Territory Manager for Beds, Herts, Middx & Northants.
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 Sarah joined the CLA in May 2016 from a sales and marketing role with a digital media agency, having previously worked for Norbrook Laboratories selling animal health products to farmers and agricultural buying groups. A keen horse rider, she also has run her own rural business selling equine natural remedies. In addition to the eastern region, Sarah will also be covering Buckinghamshire in the South East and Gloucestershire in the South West.

T: 07702 928826    |    F: 01638 552206    |    E: sarah.franklin@cla.org.uk

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Bernard Pentelow – Territory Manager for Cambridgeshire, Suffolk & Norfolk
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Bernard returned to manage the family farm near Wisbech after training in agriculture at Writtle College. Having set up a contract farming agreement he worked firstly for Greenvale Foods before becoming ADER’s (Agricultural Development in the Eastern Region) Project Officer for Cambridgeshire. His interests include supporting local sports teams, savouring regional food and drink and harnessing the power of social media. A keen Twitter user Bernard can be found tweeting @blueberntwo. He would also welcome your calls on 07525 196834 if you live in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Norfolk and you are considering joining the CLA.

T: 07525 196834    |     East Office on 01638 590429
E: bernard.pentelow@cla.org.uk

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JAMES MULLENEUX - TERRITORY MANAGER FOR ESSEX
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James is Territory Manager for Essex, as well as Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex. Anyone who would like to find out more about the benefits of becoming a CLA member can contact him on:

T: 07702 768 829    |    E: james.mulleneux@cla.org.uk