06 March 2019

Rachel Brooks

Tell us about your career before you joined the CLA.

Before joining the CLA I was an agronomist for Hutchinsons following which I spent a year in Canada working as an agronomist. I then worked for Euston Farms which at 10,500 acres is a very diverse estate and allowed me to get involved with lots of things.

What does your role at the CLA involve?

My role in the CLA is Rural Adviser. I cover all sorts of rural issues our members may have including BPS, ELS/HLS, available grants, water abstraction to name a few. In my first few weeks I have helped members with delayed ELS/HLS payments, availability of grants for woodland and hedge creation and countryside stewardship schemes.

You have been with the CLA for a few months now – what are your first impressions?

I have had a very enjoyable first few months with the CLA, there is lots going on and it has been great to meet and speak to members. I’ve been to a range of stakeholder meetings and I’m impressed by the role the CLA is playing in protecting and promoting the interests of those who live and work in rural communities in the region.

What are your interests outside of work?

I grew up on an arable farm in Suffolk and can often be found helping out with everything from the office paperwork to land work.  I am a very active person and enjoy most sports and keeping fit. I have a Labrador called Hettie who keeps me busy.