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Crispin Truman

Crispin Truman, OBE

Chief Executive

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.

Tom Fyans

Tom Fyans

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.


Sarah McMonagle

Head of External Affairs

Sarah leads on campaigns, public affairs and media relations 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.

Specialist areas: housing, homelessness and energy efficiency

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 Land Use and 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

Philippa Oppenheimer

Land Use Officer

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

Madeleine Gohin

Planning Officer

Madeleine is based in our Land use and Planning team. She assists in delivering CPRE’s policy and campaigning work on spatial planning and provides advice to CPRE local groups and others on a range of planning matters.

Specialist areas: planning systems and processes, local and neighbourhood plans, urban 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

Andrew Wood

Spatial Planning Lead

Andrew works in the Land use and Planning team. His priorities include developing how the national charity supports the people who do CPRE’s planning campaigns and casework across the country and collaborating with local groups on big planning issues such as strategic plans and major infrastructure.

Specialist areas: Training materials in planning and campaigning; research on climate action in the planning system; energy and infrastructure; planning reforms.

Anastasia Zawierucha

Public Affairs Manager

Anastasia is a public affairs specialist and leads our relationship with Westminster and Whitehall.

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.