New territory manager appointed for CLA in Bedfordshire

Laura Thompson, the CLA territory manager for Bedfordshire
Laura Thompson, the CLA territory manager for Bedfordshire

The CLA East has appointed Laura Thompson as its new Territory Manager responsible for the region including Bedfordshire.

Laura, 26, joins the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, from Anglia Water where she has been working as a bio-solids sales adviser.

A Rural Land Management graduate from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, in 2010, she currently lives on her family’s 100-acre farm in Northamptonshire where they keep a pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and breed critically endangered Suffolk horses.

Laura, who is FACTS qualified and can give advice and recommendations on fertiliser, is now looking forward to using her extensive knowledge of agriculture and the local farming community to serve CLA members in the counties and help grow membership.

She said: “Farmers are facing tough business conditions at the moment with many arable, dairy, and livestock businesses struggling because of volatile market conditions.

“Membership of the CLA, which lobbies the Government extensively on behalf of farmers and landowners in the eastern region, offers businesses support with free, impartial and professional advice.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting our existing members in the area as well as those interested in joining the organisation and protecting their land and business.”

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said: “Laura has farming in her blood and understands the issues facing agriculture and rural businesses. I have no doubt she is going to be a real asset to our team and members in the eastern region.”

Farmers, landowners and rural business owners who would like to contact Laura to find out more about CLA membership should call 07702 928826 or email laura.thompson@cla.org.uk