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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.

Graeme Willis, senior rural policy campaigner

Graeme Wills

Graeme joined the Rural Affairs team of CPRE in 2006 to help launch new tranquillity maps. He worked with Caroline Cranbrook on The Real Choice (2006) report and subsequently managed a 5-year project to highlight the importance of local food webs across England. He now leads on food and farming issues for CPRE and is author of From field to fork: the value of England’s local food webs (2012) and New Model Farming (2016).

Graeme worked in the private sector and in academia before joining CPRE. He holds an M.Env in Environment, Science and Society from Essex University and comes from a Cheshire farming family.

Specialist areas: farming, local food; tranquillity, intrusion mapping.

Emma Marrington, senior rural policy campaigner

Emma Marrington

Emma is a rural policy specialist in our campaigns team and leads CPRE's work 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 Night Blight campaign to curb intrusive light pollution and protect dark skies.

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.

 Trinley Walker, policy & research adviser

TrinleyWorking within CPRE’s Planning Team, Trinley leads on the Housing Foresight Series. The purpose of the series is to explore ‘blue sky’ policy solutions relevant to the future direction of housing policy.

Prior to joining CPRE, Trinley has held research roles in the charitable and governmental sectors.

Specialist areas: Housing

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