Meet our spokespeople
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Crispin Truman, OBE
Crispin is chief executive of CPRE. He has over 20 years’ experience of leading and growing successful, award-winning organisations across multiple sectors, as both chief executive and chair. He was chief executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, the UK charity protecting historic churches at risk, and, prior to that, of Revolving Doors Agency, supporting people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system.
He has been chair of governors at Stoke Newington School in London, chair of the London Cycling Campaign and trustee of several UK charities including The Heritage Alliance and Rethink Severe Mental Illness. He is a social worker by training.
Crispin’s international work includes founder and trustee of Future Religious Heritage and International Advisory Panel Member at the Foundation for Jewish Heritage. He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage and charitable foundations in 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
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 campaign to 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 our ongoing campaign for a deposit return scheme as well as coordinating our work 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.
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