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.

Your regional contacts

Join our Linkedin and Facebook groups

We have set up private groups on both LinkedIn and Facebook. This is a handy route for CLA women to stay up to date, 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.


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

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

A unique insight into the professional background of Sarah Calcutt, chief executive of City Harvest, London’s leading food redistribution charity - 23 January 2024