24 July 2020

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East is delighted to announce that its regional director Cath Crowther is expecting her first child.

Cath will continue in her current role at the CLA until mid-September when she will then begin her maternity leave.

The CLA, which represents farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the East of England, has appointed Nick Sandford, a director at Sworders, to become Acting CLA East Regional Director on a secondment basis while Cath is on leave.

“It is with great excitement and slight trepidation that I can make the announcement that I’m expecting my first child,” said Cath.

“You will be pleased to hear that we have been working hard to ensure that when I go on maternity leave there will be a smooth transition and CLA members will still be able to expect the same high level of service.

“I am delighted to announce that Nick Sandford will be Acting CLA East Regional Director during my period of maternity leave, taking a full-time secondment from Sworders Property Consultants in Norfolk, where he is Director.”  

Nick is a Chartered Surveyor with over thirty years’ experience of estate management and specialises in historic properties and all aspects of rural estates, including renewable energy, forestry, wildlife mitigation and habitat restoration and diversification schemes.  

He has a long history working with the CLA and currently sits on the CLA Business and Rural Economy Committee and Norfolk Branch Committee, having previously chaired the Kent Branch Committee. He was a Board member of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) before his move to Norfolk last year.

Speaking of his appointment, Nick Sandford said:

“Having sat on CLA committees I am acutely aware of the incredible work the CLA does to support farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the eastern region.

“With the continuing challenges of Covid-19, a new Agricultural Bill and Environment Bill on the horizon and the UK’s departure from the European Union, the role of the CLA in defending the interests of rural businesses across the East of England has never been more important.

“I look forward to taking on the role of Acting Regional Director while Cath is on maternity leave and wish her well as she begins her journey of parenthood.”