CLA Women's Network

The network seeks to promote the involvement and voice of women members within the CLA
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The CLA Women's Network was set up in 2020 by CLA Director General Sarah Hendry to encourage more women to be active in the CLA and create networking, mentoring and social opportunities for members.

Sarah says: “At a lot of our committee meetings - both regional and national - there are, for a whole range of reasons far fewer women than men, and yet once you start going around and visiting member farms and businesses, you realise that there are many women active in those businesses,”

“These women have a huge amount of talent and understanding of what CLA businesses need, but we were not tapping into that as we should be. It was clear to me that the organisation was missing out on that valuable information and insight. Also, a lot of those women were missing out on the opportunities that being more actively involved in the CLA offers. The CLA Women's Network aims to address these issues."


  • To help the CLA identify and get to know our women members much better, and raise the profile of and enable a greater voice for women members
  • To encourage more women to be actively involved in the CLA, identify opportunities for this and tackle any barriers
  • To build up the pipeline of women who are interested in taking up committee, chair and officer roles
  • To create opportunities for networking, mentoring and professional development among women members.

Watch previous webinars

Inaugural meeting of the CLA Women's Network with an introduction from CLA Vice President Victoria Vyvyan - 18 October 2020

The first Leadership Series event with Christine Tacon, Chair at Red Tractor Assurance, in conversation with Emily Norton, Director and Head of Rural Research at Savills - 8 March 2021

The second Leadership Series "Yes, We Can" panel event - 24 June 2021

Events calendar

Check out our calendar of national and regional events held throughout the year.

CLA East
Our first regional event will take place on 14 October, which will be an informal drinks reception at Quy Hall in Cambridgeshire. Find out more here.

CLA Midlands
Our regional event is planned for autumn 2021.

CLA North
We hosted a reception at the Great Yorkshire Show in July. Watch this space for details of our next event.

CLA South East
An event is planned for September 2021 and details will be sent out shortly.

CLA South West
Watch this space for details of our event.

CLA Cymru
The team is working on an event for the winter fair.

Your regional contacts

Join our Linkedin group

We have set up a private group on LinkedIn as one handy route for CLA women to network and share information.

To join it you will need to have an account on LinkedIn. To join the group, either click here or search for "The CLA Women's Network" on LinkedIn and ask to join the group: you will be admitted by one of our administrators.