Mark Riches has been appointed CLA Midlands Director, one of the most influential regional positions in the rural sector. Mr Riches will lead a team that represents the interests of over 6,000 farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the Midlands.
A Harper Adams Graduate, Mark joined the CLA in 2015 as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor advising on issues arising from the use, ownership and occupation of land, and is already a familiar face to CLA members as well as many rural bodies.
Having previously worked in rural estate management and property and business asset management and development, Mark has a sound understanding and appreciation for the workings and challenges of rural areas and the rural economy. He said: “We have a fantastic team here and I’m delighted to be taking on the challenge of the Midlands Director role.”
“With the support of our professionals here and in London, I hope to give our members some stability and certainty in what are economically and politically unsettled times.
“The role of the CLA has never been more important. We will continue to enable farmers and landowners to make informed decisions about how they run their business, without the shackles of endless regulation and interference from other, often single-issue organisations and individuals.
Mark is a fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) and, in 2017 was voted onto the ALA Council. He is also a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Farmers and a member of the Farmers Club.
Mr Riches added: “I would like to thank my predecessor Caroline Bedell, who fought tirelessly on behalf of our members for over 17 years and left our region with a strong, growing and committed membership.”