Meet our spokespeople
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Crispin Truman, OBE
Crispin was previously chief executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, the UK charity protecting historic churches at risk. He is a founder member of Future Religious Heritage and an International Advisory Panel Member at the Foundation for Jewish Heritage. He was a Chair of Governors at Stoke Newington School in London and a former trustee of several UK charities including The Heritage Alliance and Rethink mental health.
Crispin trained as a social worker and was formerly chief executive of the Revolving Doors Agency. He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage and charitable foundations in January 2017.
Director of campaigns and policy
Tom has strategic oversight of CPRE’s advocacy and policy functions. He came to CPRE with over 20 years’ experience of providing campaign leadership in a range of charities. Before joining CPRE, he was head of campaigns at ActionAid UK, and is also the former head of campaigns at Amnesty International UK. He is currently a trustee of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest international human rights organisation.
Head of external affairs
Sarah leads on campaigns, public affairs and policy-related media for the charity.
She has almost 15 years’ experience delivering strategic communications for not-for-profit organisations. Prior to joining CPRE, Sarah was Director of Communications at the Federation of Master Builders, where she secured a number of lobbying wins, including removing barriers to smaller house builders. Sarah currently serves on the Communications Committee for akt, an LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity, providing advice on the delivery of its policy and public affairs work.
Specialist areas: housing, homelessness and energy efficiency.
Matt Thomson, MRTPI AoU
Head of land use and planning
Matt leads CPRE’s work on developing policy solutions to balance competing demands for the use of land. He’s a professional town planner with over 15 years’ experience in local government, and was formerly head of policy and practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has also completed a doctorate at Oxford Brookes University on the role of visions in English place-shaping.
Matt is the lead spokesperson for all aspects of CPRE’s town and country planning function and our cultural heritage champion.
Head of rural economy and communities
Daniel heads up the Rural Economy and Communities Team which covers public transport, the rural economy, community energy, affordable housing, agriculture and landscape enhancement. Previously, Daniel spent six years working on environment and planning policy at the Greater London Authority. He holds an MA in Modern British History from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Specialist areas: transport, energy, infrastructure and the climate emergency.
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 Night Blight campaign to curb intrusive light pollution and protect dark skies.
Specialist areas: landscape, National Parks, AONBs, hedgerows, light pollution and rural economy.
Strategic planning lead
Paul has worked at CPRE since 2002 and is our lead campaigner on strategic planning and devolution. 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, city regions, Oxford-Cambridge Arc and new housing design.
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.
Maddy leads on our work on litter and plastics, focusing specifically on CPRE’s calls for a deposit return system. She also campaigns around the countryside’s health and wellbeing benefits, improving access for people who aren’t connecting with the countryside and enhancing rural experiences.
Specialist areas: deposit return systems, plastics, litter, access to the countryside, experience of the countryside and the health and wellbeing benefits of the countryside.
Public affairs manager
Erica is a public affairs specialist and leads our relationship with Westminster and Whitehall.
Public affairs officer
David works in our External Affairs team coordinating CPRE’s engagement with Westminster and Whitehall and our relationships with partner organisations.
Felix works across a variety of topics in the planning system, such as local plans, neighbourhood plans, 5-year housing land supply and the housing delivery test. He’s also the CPRE network’s first point of contact for planning questions.
Specialist areas: local plans, neighbourhood plans, planning policy
Land use campaigns and policy officer
Rebecca leads our campaigns where planning and the environment interface. She’s led the creation of crucial new reports such as the State of Brownfield and Space to Breathe: a State of Green Belt report.
Specialist areas: brownfield, climate change, biodiversity and landscapes.
Sam works in our External Affairs team, leading the development and delivery of many of CPRE’s priority campaigns. He led CPRE’s campaigns on fracking and rural affordable housing, and now focuses on the climate emergency and improving access to the countryside.
Specialist areas: fracking, climate emergency and improving countryside access.
Policy and campaigns officer
Chris is based in our Rural Economy and Communities team. He leads CPRE’s campaigns on rural public transport and works across other areas including community energy.
Specialist areas: transport, community energy and sustainable economics.