HARRIET Ranson has been appointed as new CLA Director North.

Harriet will take up the post as CLA Director North (covering Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, and the North East) on July 8, and will be meeting members and guests on the CLA’s trade stand at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Harriet was raised in Yorkshire. She has more than 15 years of experience working in the agricultural sector. After graduating with a law degree, Harriet spent some time in practical farming and land management before becoming an agricultural lecturer at Bishop Burton College.

She then went on to become an agricultural course leader at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria. For the past six years, she has worked for the NFU in the midlands, ensuring effective member representation while managing a team of branch secretaries. During that time, Harriet built a wider remit at the NFU on livestock issues and rural crime.

Harriet said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role and in many ways, it feels like a homecoming as I have deep roots in the North. The CLA is a highly regarded organisation which represents the landowning sector and it will be my mission to champion our rural economy across the region.

“I look forward to working with the CLA North team, to meet and listen to CLA members across the North in order for me to represent and lobby on their behalf.”

Acting director North Henk Geertsema said: "I am delighted, along with the CLA North team, to welcome Harriet to the CLA. Her knowledge and experience in the rural sector would be of great benefit to CLA members across the North. I wish her well and hope she will find the role as stimulating as I have in acting up for the interim.”