Meet the External Affairs team

The CLA’s External Affairs team is based in its London Office a short walk from Westminster. The team includes members with a wide range of experiences from experienced lobbyists, communications professionals and digital specialists to ensure that the team are a force in Westminster representing landowners’ interests to those making the key decisions.
 
While not part of the External Affairs team Rebecca Williams is undoubtedly our chief lobbyist in Wales ensuring that CLA Cymru messages are heard by Welsh government, Assembly Members and officials in Cardiff. She leads a dedicated team who ensure that welsh landowners are at the heart of rural policy in Wales.

 

  Tom Bartošák-Harlow

Tom Bartošák-Harlow
Director of External Affairs

Tom joined the CLA in 2014 as a public affairs adviser and moved to head up the CLA’s public affairs work in 2017 before becoming Director of External Affairs the following year. He previously worked for an MP in Parliament. As External Affairs Director Tom is responsible for overseeing the CLA’s lobbying work in Westminster and the organisation’s national communications team. 

  Ellie Wood

Eleanor Wood
Public Affairs Adviser

Eleanor joined the CLA in 2017 following stints working in Parliament and for a public affairs consultancy. She is responsible for maintaining relationships with the CLA’s key contacts in Parliament and delivering the organisation’s programme of political events. She also provides the secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rural Business. 

Tan Parsons

 

Tan Parsons
Managing Editor, Print and Digital

Tan joined the CLA in 2016 as managing editor for print and digital communications, editing the CLA’s member magazine Land & Business and overseeing the CLA website, weekly news emails and social media. Previously Tan had worked as a journalist for 10 years as a reporter for local London papers and as an editor in the food and drink trade press.

Rebecca Williams

 

Rebecca Williams
Director of CLA Cymru

A Cardiff University law graduate with a career taking in various strands of Welsh Government, rural and agricultural policy and legislation. Rebecca played an instrumental role in the Living Wales Programme to create Natural Resources Wales in 2013 and spent nine months as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales.  Since being at the CLA, Rebecca has established herself as a respected speaker and commentator on rural issues and Brexit. Rebecca has been Director of CLA Cymru since 2015.

Lisa O'Brien

 

Lisa O'Brien
National Communications Manager

Lisa runs the CLA press office dealing with enquiries from national media outlets and trade journalists. She is responsible for writing and issuing both reactive and proactive press releases, quotes and comment pieces to maximise the CLA’s media coverage. Before joining the CLA Lisa worked for the commercial arm of the BBC.

Isobel Davidson

 

Isobel Davidson
National Communications Manager

Isobel joined the CLA South East team in 2014 before being appointed National Communications Manager in 2015.  Prior to joining the CLA, Isobel worked as an Account Director at a leading UK national communications consultancy. She leads national communications on the CLA’s proactive campaigns and the CLA Rural Business Conference.

Sonika Dade

 

Sonika Dade
Digital Content Executive

Sonika joined the CLA in 2017 as Digital Content Executive after having worked in Digital Communications in the Business Education and Ecommerce sectors for over 4 years and previously as an English teacher for 7 years. She is responsible for website development and maintenance, digital communications including e-news and social media strategy and CRM engagement. 

Joshua Gill

 

Joshua Gill
Communications Assistant

Joshua joined the CLA in 2018 as Communications Assistant having previously worked in Communications at the London Wildlife Trust. He is responsible for handling national member e-news and communications, social media, media monitoring and creating national film content. Working closely with the National Communications Managers, he also assists in any ongoing campaigns and related press work.