Matthew O’Connell joined the CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, in October to lead on housing policy and the provision of advice on rural housing for CLA Members.
Matthew previously spent two and a half years as a Senior Policy Officer at the British Property Federation, specialising in Residential and Sustainable Housing.
He said: “Coming to the CLA from a membership organisation, I am excited to have the opportunity to use my experience in advising on housing issues with a more rural focus.
“Lobbying for fair housing legislation on behalf of rural communities is more crucial now than ever, as highlighted by the lack of detail on rural specific issues in the Housing and Planning Bill published earlier this week.”
CLA Director of Policy and Advice Christopher Price said: “We are very pleased to have someone of Matthew’s outstanding track record and undoubted calibre joining us in this key role.”