The new president of the CLA, the organisation that represents 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses in England and Wales, is Cambridgeshire farmer Tim Breitmeyer. Mr Breitmeyer takes over from Ross Murray, and will serve as president for the next two years. He is the 53rd president in the Association’s 110-year history. Deputy president is Mark Bridgeman from Northumberland with Mark Tufnell from Gloucestershire the LA vice president.

Ex-Grenadier Guard Mr Breitmeyer farms 1,600 acres with a further 3,200 acres on contract. His business also runs a sugarbeet harvesting and delivery operation, rents out 5,500sq feet of office space and has a private shoot.

“We are in an era-defining period of change,” Mr Breitmeyer says. “Exiting the European Union will impact on rural areas more than any other part of the economy. It is an opportunity to do better for farming, for our environment and wider land use and for investment in rural communities. I look forward to leading the Association as we play our role in shaping policy at this crucial time.

“The CLA has never been more important or relevant. I am particularly keen to ensure that we are out talking to farmers, landowners and rural business owners throughout England and Wales. We are their voice and it is vital they are heard so an effective and practical policy is delivered.”