Henry Aubrey-Fletcher has been appointed the new President of the Country, Land and Business Association (CLA). Upon his appointment, Mr Aubrey-Fletcher said: ‘Farmers, rural businesses and landowners face real challenges in their role to maintain a sustainable and profitable countryside.’

Increasing food profitably was his first concern. He said: ‘We must persuade government that the ability to grow food profitably is vital if we are going to feed people, and that food security in the long term is crucial.’

Mr Aubrey-Fletcher, who succeeds David Fursdon, spent more than 30 years working for the BBC, and is chairman of FOX FM – Oxfordshire and west Buckinghamshire’s independent local radio. Mr Aubrey-Fletcher also represented the CLA on the National Trust council.

The brand new CLA line-up:

– CLA President: Henry Aubrey-Fletcher

– CLA Deputy President: William Worsley. Mr Worsley is also Chairman of the Scarborough Building Society.

– CLA Vice President: Harry Cotterell. Mr Cotterell currently owns and manages a traditional rural estate in Herefordshire.

As Henry Aubrey-Fletcher was elected new CLA President, it was also announced that he would speak in the 2008 Blenheim Palace Conferences in January.

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