The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has made two senior appointments with Judicaelle Hammond joining as director of policy and advice and Jonathan Roberts as director of external affairs.

Judicaelle Hammond was previously a senior civil servant with over 20 years’ experience of policy design and implementation at policy design and implementation at BEIS, Defra, HM Treasury, as well as the Food Standards Agency shortly after it was set up.

She has worked across energy, waste prevention and recycling, government spending, horticulture, crops and farm regulation, and holds an MBA from Imperial College.

She will lead CLA’s policy and advice teams who are responsible for delivering expert support and guidance to members while working closely with rural and government stakeholders on the proposal and development of new policy.

Hammond said: “I’m delighted to join the CLA to help build on its already strong reputation within government circles as a trusted and constructive partner.

"Brexit, climate change, a new framework for farming - these are just a few key topics on which the CLA has an important role to play, both in terms of helping members navigate the uncertainties ahead, and in ensuring that government understands the impact of new proposals on members' ability to run and invest in rural businesses. I can’t wait to get started.”

Jonathan Roberts is a communications specialist with 15 years’ experience, most recently at the UK Chamber of Shipping where he was communications director.

Before this, he worked as a parliamentary manager for former Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davis when he was Minister for the Environment and Wales. He has also worked as a researcher to Richard Corbett MEP.

He will lead CLA’s external affairs team, responsible for communicating with its members, politicians and the media, as well as producing CLA’s much-loved Land & Business magazine.

Roberts said: “The CLA has a fantastic reputation for serving its members in Westminster, Cardiff and across the England and Wales, and it’s a huge honour to join this excellent team."