The new Chairman of the Berkshire branch of the CLA, David Slack, says the next few years will bring considerable changes and opportunities to the rural economy in the county.
Mr Slack has replaced Andrew Gardiner this month, in one of the most important rural roles in the county.
Mr Slack is managing director of the Yattendon Estate, a diverse farming and property enterprise situated in the heart of West Berkshire, covering more than 9,000 acres of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The estate is home to 750 people, with 330 workers employed in businesses based in and around Yattendon.
In 2018 Mr Slack was awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary services to communities in Berkshire and Kent. He is married to Emma and they have two young daughters.
He said: “It has been a privilege to have worked alongside Andrew during his chairmanship and I am excited to be taking on the role.
“Regardless of what happens next with the general election and Brexit, there are many wider changes facing farming and the rural economy, but there are exciting opportunities too.
“It has never been more important for the CLA to strongly represent its members and the wider agricultural and rural business sector.”
Mr Slack, whose hobbies include watching England rugby and shooting, is also a Special Constable with Kent Police serving as a traffic officer in the Roads Policing Unit, a steam locomotive driver at the Kent and East Sussex Railway and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and a member of Newbury Baptist Church.
As Berkshire branch Chairman, Mr Slack will be representing landowners, farmers and rural businesses across the county.
CLA South East Regional Director Michael Valenzia said: “We wish to place on record our sincere thanks to Andrew for his tremendous work, ideas and enthusiasm over the course of his chairmanship.
“We are delighted to welcome David into the role and look forward to working closely with him.”