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Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive
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.
Follow him on Twitter @ShaunSpiers1
Neil Sinden, Director of Policy and Campaigns
Neil has been CPRE’s Director of Policy and Campaigns since 2002 and has extensive and specialist knowledge of the issues affecting rural England. He previously worked for urban and rural planning consultancies and the arts and conservation group, Common Ground.
Erica Popplewell, Head of Government and Rural Affairs
Erica joined us as Head of Government and Rural Affairs in September, 2013. Erica's background includes time as a consultant at Futerra, a specialist sustainability communications company, and in Defra's Sustainable Development Unit.
Previously a senior campaigner at Which?, as well as holding the position of senior external affairs officer with the National Trust, Erica brings a detailed understanding of Whitehall and Westminster to CPRE.
Specialist areas: political impact on the countryside; general rural policy issues; litter; food; farming; tranquillity; protected landscapes and habitats
Matt Thomson, Head of Planning
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’ experience as a planning officer with various local councils in England..
Specialist areas: planning; housing; transport; major infrastructure projects; garden cities
Samantha Harding, Stop the Drop Campaign Manager
Sam has led CPRE’s ‘Stop the Drop’ 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
Graeme Willis, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner, Food and tranquillity
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. Currently on sabbatical, we look forward to welcoming him back in early 2014.
Specialist areas: local food, tranquillity
Paul Miner, Senior Planning Officer
Paul has worked at CPRE since 2002 and is our senior planning campaigner, as well as chair of the land use planning working group at Wildlife & Countryside Link. He holds an MA in Town & 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; pylons; clutter
Ralph Smyth, Senior Transport Campaigner
Ralph is CPRE’s senior transport campaigner. He was a key player in the successful legal challenge that stopped Heathrow's Third Runway and is an expert on plans for high speed rail. He has a detailed understanding of rural transport issues facing local communities.
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: Rural Transport, (high speed) rail, road building, traffic sign clutter, road safety
Emma Marrington, Senior Rural Policy Campaigner
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