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Roger Mortlock

Chief Executive Officer

Roger joined CPRE in May 2023 after 15 years in leadership roles for environmental charities.

As Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, he led the organisation through a period of transformational change and launched Building with Nature, the UK’s first green infrastructure benchmark. At the Soil Association he was Deputy Director leading campaigns promoting sustainable food and farming, and Chair of the Food for Life Partnership.

Previously he worked in policy, communications and fundraising roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal College of Nursing and the national volunteer agency, Community Service Volunteers.

He is also a Trustee of the Summerfield Trust and Hawkwood College.

Emma Marrington

Emma Marrington

Rural Communities Enhancement Lead

Emma is a rural policy specialist in our campaigns team and leads CPRE’s work on landscape enhancement and on some of the countryside’s most treasured features such as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She also leads our campaign to protect dark skies.

Specialist areas: landscape, National Parks, AONBs, hedgerows, light pollution and rural economy

Paul Miner

Paul Miner

Head of Policy & Planning

Paul has worked at CPRE since 2002. He coauthored the joint CPRE-Natural England report Green Belts: a greener future in 2010, From Wasted Space to Living Spaces with the University of the West of England (UWE) in 2014 and steered the highly influential 2020 Housing Design Audit for England, published jointly with UCL-Place Alliance. Paul is a chartered town planner (MRTPI), has wide national and specialist media experience, and served as Deputy Chair of Wildlife & Countryside Link from 2015 to 2018.

Specialist areas: planning, Green Belts, city regions, Oxford-Cambridge Arc and new housing design

Graeme Willis

Graeme Willis

Agricultural Lead

Graeme joined CPRE in 2006 and launched new tranquillity and intrusion maps. He went on to manage research on local food webs across England. More recently he has written on the loss of smaller farms (Uncertain harvest, 2017) and on agroecological management of soils (Back to the land, 2018). His current interests are in promoting better use of county farms and changing land use to address the climate emergency. Graeme was previously a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and tutor and research officer at Essex University where he gained an M.Env in Environment, Science and Society. He grew up in Cheshire where he regularly worked on family farms.

Specialist areas: farming and land use policy, local food, tranquillity and intrusion mapping

Chris Hinchliff

Chris Hinchliff

Campaigns Manager

Chris has been working as an organiser and campaigner for the past five years after studying an MSc in Ecological Economics. Before becoming campaigns manager, Chris led CPRE’s work on rural public transport and community energy. As our campaigns manager, Chris works on our tactics, strategies and theories of change for mobilising public support to enhance, promote and protect the countryside.