The Herefordshire branch of the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has elected Joe Evans, from Whitbourne as its new chairman.
Joe took over the reins of the family-owned Whitbourne estate in 2012, when he and wife Keeley returned in 2012 after careers in international banking with HSBC Group in Asia. Under his management, the estate has successfully diversified from traditional farming and forestry, developing a fine dining restaurant, Green Cow Kitchens, using estate produce.
In October, he plans to open ‘Crumplebury’, a £3Million high-end hospitality and events venue. He is a trustee of Longlands Farm, a charity that helps vulnerable young people excluded from mainstream education, as well as a non-executive director of Allmanhall Ltd, an expert food broker.
Speaking of his appointment as CLA Herefordshire Chairman, Joe said: “My hope is to engage with the up and coming generation of land managers and owners in Herefordshire.
“In these uncertain political times, the work of the CLA from the perspective of government lobbying and our own industry PR is of critical importance. Climate change, subsidy systems, tax and tenancy reform, consumer dietary changes, a possible labour government and likely BREXIT trade disruptions will all have a marked impact on our businesses.
“Yet, in among uncertainty and change lies opportunity and I look forward to engaging with colleagues from around the county to use the CLA networks and expertise to unlock the potential this brings.”
In a limited amount of spare time, Joe says he enjoys spending time outside, with his wife and two young children, and is a keen pianist and home cook.
Mr Evans succeeds David Curtis from Kington, who becomes Branch President.