Meet the CLA South West Team series - Tom Mason

Get to know the people behind CLA south west in this series

As we have been unable to get out as much as we'd have liked over the past year, and with a couple of staff changes in that time, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know the team who works so passionately on your behalf.

Tom Mason, Rural Surveyor

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Tom joined the team in June 2020

When did you join the CLA?

I started at the CLA in June 2020; I can’t quite believe it has been one year already and am very much excited to be finally getting out and about to meet members and stakeholders now!

Tell us about your standard day working for CLA South West

Not to sound too cliché, but there is no standard day working for the CLA! Attending meetings with stakeholders, giving advice to members, representing the CLA membership in the media as well as policy work are just a few things that may come up on a ‘standard day’.

What do you enjoy most about working at the CLA?

The variety of work is certainly a highlight but also the people are a major factor. Talking to members and trying to make a positive difference to their business is always a good feeling.

What’s a common problem that people in the industry face that you’d love to be able to fix?

Isolation and the impact on mental health that this has. Farming can be (by its nature) a lonely existence and I feel passionately that we need to push those individuals who are struggling with this towards support networks so they can hopefully realise that they are not alone.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Fieldsports, rugby, snowboarding, walking and travelling (when the world allows!).