Meet our president and vice presidents

Pottery designer and businesswoman Emma Bridgewater is our president, joining us in 2016 and becoming a driving force behind our new brand and purpose as CPRE The countryside charity.

Emma is a household name for her popular pottery designs, with her business employing 270 craftsmen in Stoke-on-Trent. A former resident of rural Norfolk, now living in Oxfordshire, Emma is a joyous advocate of the wellbeing time in the countryside brings, but has a clear perspective on the pressures our countryside faces and is passionate about the benefits of urban regeneration. She has been particularly vocal in supporting CPRE’s campaign to prioritise investment in brownfield land over releasing further greenfield sites for development and in our push for an all-in deposit return system.

Former poet laureate Andrew Motion was CPRE’s president from 2012 to 2016 and continues to support us as a vice president. Having grown up in the village of Stisted in Essex, he is passionate about the English countryside and its place in our cultural heritage.

As president, Andrew played a leading role in saving Laurie Lee’s Slad Valley from development, while helping to raise publicity for many other locally-led campaigns. He gave great impetus to our work to promote brownfield sites as a sustainable alternative to building on the Green Belt – of which Andrew has been a staunch defender. From his new home in Baltimore, USA, Andrew continues to play an active role, particularly supporting our call for all children to benefit from visits to National Parks.

Christine Drury has been an active volunteer in CPRE since 2004, including serving as a member of the board of trustees and at CPRE Kent. She is now one of our vice presidents.

Her roles in CPRE include 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.