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Trustee Board members

Read biographies of Trustee Board members.

Steve Anderson
Steve’s career in policing included a spell as wildlife crime officer, following retirement he has established his own criminal justice consultancy. Running in parallel Steve has now completed over 20 years conservation volunteering with the National Trust and Wildlife Trusts. He is a keen horse rider and long distance walker.

Mike Benner
Mike was Chief Executive of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, for 10 years during which time the organisation enjoyed significant growth and success. Mike is a passionate supporter of the countryside. His campaigning interest started with his leadership of a community campaign to prevent the inappropriate commercial development of greenbelt in his own community.

Margaret Clark
Margaret spent her career in government agencies responsible for rural policy and practice and chaired an international group on rural policy development.  She is chair of the Plunkett Foundation and the Rural Coalition and, until recently, Hastoe Housing, the leading provider of rural affordable housing.  She has been a member of CPRE’s policy committee.  She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to rural communities.

Christine Drury
Christine has been an active volunteer for CPRE since 2004, with roles as South East regional chair and vice chair of CPRE Kent.  This followed a career in Unilever which included pioneering senior roles in environmental management and NGO engagement. She is passionate about the landscape and community of the countryside, and holds other local and national trusteeships.

Lucie Hammond
Lucie is a partner at RSM, leading on rural services for the Southern Region from the Swindon office. With nearly 30 years’ experience, Lucie advises rural businesses on business and taxation matters. She is also an active branch committee member of the CLA, passionate about the countryside and a horse enthusiast.

Su Sayer
Su co-founded the disability charity United Response in 1973, and was its CEO for over 40 years.  Awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours  for services to disabled people throughout the UK, she has won several prestigious charity awards, including one for Outstanding Achievement and the other for Lifetime Achievement.  She has had a lifelong passion for the countryside having spent much of her life living at the foot of the South Downs.

Corinne Pluchino
Corinne specialises in communications, campaigning and income generation. During her commercial career she worked with a wide range of organisations on their communications, including several charitable bodies, which inspired her to move to the third sector. Most recently Corinne was Executive Director for Marketing, Communications & Fundraising at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. She has a longstanding interest in conservation and is now undertaking postgraduate studies in environmental policy making.

Robin Thompson
Robin has run the Shropshire based family farming business for many years.  He has served on the boards of two rural-based Housing Associations, the Housing Corporation and the Rural Development Commission.  Robin has lived all his life in rural Shropshire and has a deep rooted love of both the countryside and the landscape.

Andy Topley
Andy has a 40 year career in architecture, planning and urban regeneration. Latterly he was Chief Executive of Sheffield One, an urban regeneration company and Director of Regeneration at Creative Sheffield, leading a number major public/private sector projects. He is Vice Chair of Friends of the Peak District/CPRE South Yorkshire.

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