THE Country Land and Business Association’s (CLA) Director North Dorothy Fairburn has announced her retirement in spring 2021, and the CLA has now begun the process to find her replacement.

Miss Fairburn first joined the CLA more than 20 years ago, initially involving herself with farming and landowning matters across Yorkshire, before also taking in Lancashire, Cumbria and the North East.

A farmer’s daughter from the North York Moors, Dorothy has clocked up more than 40 years’ service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.

Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.