CLA Midlands Contacts

Mark Riches

MARK RICHES - REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Mark leads the Midlands team and has overall responsibility for the management of the CLA’s regional business and membership. 

Mark joined the CLA in 2015 as Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor and has since been advising members on issues arising from the use, ownership and occupation of land.

Having previously worked in Rural Estate Management and Property and Business Asset Management and Development, Mark has a sound understand and appreciation for the workings and challenges of rural areas and the rural economy.

In 2017 Mark became a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and in the same year was voted onto the ALA Council. He is also a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and a member of the Farmers Club.

T: 07971 115227     |    E: mark.riches@cla.org.uk

Jan Hewes

JAN HEWES – REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR

Jan is the first point of contact for the eight regional Branch Committees. Jan takes the lead in arranging lobbying and briefings with MPs, MEPs and decision makers in the region and is also PA to the Midlands Director.

T: 07971 629553    |    E: jan.hewes@cla.org.uk

 

CLA Midlands rural surveyor John Greenshields

JOHN GREENSHIELDS – RURAL SURVEYOR

A qualified Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer, John advises members with enquiries on a wide range of land related issues as well as identifying any opportunities to further their interests.  He has wide-ranging experience, with particular expertise in Landlord and Tenant, HS2 and Compulsory Purchase, and Planning matters. John is a Harper Adams University graduate and comes from a family farm in Dumfriesshire where there is a focus on paddock grazing 200 Stabiliser cows and 2,000 sheep. 

T: 07809 495331     |     E: john.greenshields@cla.org.uk

 

Helen Dale

HELEN DALE - RURAL ADVISER

Helen joined the CLA from the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, where she gained over 20 years valuable experience dealing with many different aspects of land management. She and her husband have a smallholding where they farm sheep, pigs and cattle, and also run a growing artisan charcuterie business. Helen advises members on a range of land management, livestock and environmental issues as well as sharing her first hand experience of running a rural enterprise. 

T: 07811 199657    |    E: helen.dale@cla.org.uk

 

Mike Ashton

MIKE ASHTON – COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Mike has worked in communications roles for the CLA for 18 years and has extensive experience in PR and marketing in the public and private sectors. He is responsible for regional communications with members and the media and firmly believes that the CLA is about people, and that its strength comes from its members.

T: 07753 574675    |     E: mike.ashton@cla.org.uk

 

 

 

HELEN BREAKWELL - TERRITORY MANAGER

Farmer’s daughter Helen is the CLA Territory Manager for Herefordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire as well as Northamptonshire.  She brings hands-on experience in farming along with in-depth knowledge of the agricultural sector, having previously worked at Rare Breeds Survival Trust and National Sheep Association. 

T: 07855 956661    |    E: helen.breakwell@cla.org.uk

 

 

 GRANT JAMES - TERRITORY MANAGER

Grant is the CLA Territory Manager for Cheshire, Shropshire and Lancashire. Having wide-ranging experience in rural and small business, contact Grant for details of how CLA membership can benefit you.  

T: 07702 928826    |    E: grant.james@cla.org.uk