CLA appoints new president

Gloucestershire landowner Henry Robinson has been elected as the national Country Land and Business Association (CLA) president.


Mr Robinson, who has served as the CLA’s deputy president and chairman of the CLA board for the past two years, replaces outgoing president Henry Cotterell and will be in post until November 2015.


“I look forward to the next two years with some trepidation – but also with enthusiasm and excitement,” he said. “A general election and European elections will take place during my period in office, providing a wealth of lobbying opportunities for the 34,000-strong association.”


“I think we owe it to the planet and to our descendants to take the greatest possible care in how we produce our food and how we manage our land – but it is important to remind people that good environmental management needs profitable farming.”
Henry Robinson, CLA president

Mr Robinson has a 400ha cereal farm near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and is a committed conservationist, having been involved in agri-environment schemes for more than a decade.


“I think we owe it to the planet and to our descendants to take the greatest possible care in how we produce our food and how we manage our land – but it is important to remind people that good environmental management needs profitable farming,” he said.


“Food has never been cheaper and that is reflected in farm incomes which, without the support of the single farm payment, would have been negative in nine out of the past 13 years. In simple terms, you can’t be green unless you’re in the black.”


Mr Robinson, who is married and has three grown-up children, became a member of CLA Council in 1999. He has also held posts with the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Group, Gloucestershire Rural Issues Task Force and the National Birds of Prey Trust.


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