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We have a range of campaigners and senior spokespeople who can be available for national media interviews.

Please call the press office on 020 7981 2819 to arrange. We have a dedicated ISDN line.

Shaun Spiers, chief executive

Shaun Spiers

Shaun has led CPRE since 2004. Previously he was chief executive of ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. He is a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming, and was a founder trustee of Civic Voice.

You can read Shaun's latest views in his blog and follow him on Twitter @ShaunSpiers1

Matt Thomson, head of planning

Matt Thomson

Matt joined CPRE in July 2014 and is currently also completing a PhD in planning at Oxford Brookes University. Previously he was head of policy and practice for the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body for town planners in the UK – and also has 15 years of experience as a planning officer with various local councils in England.

Specialist areas: planning; housing; transport; garden cities.

Paul Miner, planning campaign manager

Paul Miner blog

Paul has worked at CPRE since 2002 and is our planning campaign manager, as well as chair of the land use planning working group at Wildlife and Countryside Link. He holds an MA in town and country planning.

Paul became a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) in 2008 and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2010.

Specialist areas: planning; Green Belts; clutter.

John Rowley, planning officer

John Rowley blogJohn joined CPRE’s planning team in 2014. He inputs into many aspects of planning policy and specialises in housing.

He previously worked for several local authorities in planning and highways departments. 

John is also trustee of T1International, a charity that advocates for people with type 1 diabetes around the world.

Specialist areas: housing; planning.

Ralph Smyth, head of infrastructure and legal

Ralph Smyth blogRalph leads CPRE’s infrastructure team and specialises in transport - from making country roads safer for walking and cycling to national infrastructure like High Speed 2 and road-building.

Before coming to CPRE, Ralph worked full-time as a barrister and is accustomed to making complicated issues easy to understand for a wider audience.

Specialist areas: all aspects of transport, as well as energy and digital infrastructure (including open data) plus legal issues in planning.

Kim Hagen, senior energy campaigner

profile pic KHKim leads CPRE's work on energy and climate change issues.

She has worked in the public and private sectors as well as academia, across the fields of energy, environment, hazard management and development. Kim holds a PhD in hazard and disaster management from the Open University.

Specialist areas: Energy sources - including wind, fracking, solar and other renewables; pylons; demand reduction; climate change - including adaptation and impacts like flooding.

Graeme Willis, senior rural policy campaigner

Graeme Wills

Graeme joined CPRE in 2006 when he worked with Caroline Cranbrook to publish The Real Choice report, which highlighted the importance of local food webs.

Now Graeme manages an expanded project to chart the importance of local food networks across a range of geographically spread communities.

Graeme is also our authority on tranquillity.

Specialist areas: local food; tranquillity.

Emma Marrington, senior rural policy campaigner

Emma Marrington

Emma is a rural policy specialist in our campaigns team and works on some of the most treasured features of our countryside like National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and landscape issues.

She also leads our work on the protection of trees and hedgerows and our campaign to curb intrusive light pollution.

Specialist areas: National Parks; AONBs; trees; hedgerows; light pollution; polytunnels.

Samantha Harding, litter programme director

Samantha Harding

Sam has led CPRE’s anti-litter campaign since 2008. Previously she managed campaigns for The Children’s Society and The Stroke Association.

A recent campaign breakthrough has been securing the introduction of a 5p charge on carrier bags – a scheme that works effectively in Wales to reduce litter and waste.

Specialist areas: litter; deposit refund schemes; recycling; fly tipping; waste.


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