Welcome letter from Sarah Hendry – Director General

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Dear Candidate

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in applying to be the South East Regional Director of the CLA. We hope that you find the information useful in this candidate brief and also on our website: https://www.cla.org.uk/

We are looking for an innovative and enthusiastic individual with a passion for the countryside to manage the CLA South East region. The successful candidate will need to have the leadership qualities necessary to lead an experienced team, as well as the commercial experience required to manage the operations and budget of the region.  The Regional Director will be required to lobby Government politicians and policy makers on key issues, while relating to a pro-active and forward-thinking membership whose organisation is committed to the positive development of the rural economy.

The Regional Director will be responsible for delivering a highly effective service for CLA membership in the Region. This includes the management of the internal and external interests of the CLA, in accordance with the CLA Corporate Plan and CLA Policy Priorities.  This position carries budget holding responsibility. The South East region covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Sussex with the regional office in Andover, Hampshire.

If this is an opportunity that appeals to you, and you have the skills set out in the job description and key responsibilities section in this candidate brief - we would very much like to hear from you. 

For a confidential conversation with Thewlis Graham Associates who are managing the process, please contact Sarah Thewlis, Managing Director on 0207 850 4781 or email applications@thewlisgraham.com.  Sarah will be happy to discuss this opportunity with you and answer any questions you may have.

Yours sincerely,


Sarah Hendry

Director General