Meet our trustees

Su Sayer, CBE

Chair of the Board

Su co-founded the disability charity United Response in 1973, and was its CEO for over 40 years. She has won several prestigious charity awards, including one for Outstanding Achievement and the other for Lifetime Achievement.

She has had a lifelong passion for the countryside having spent much of her life living at the foot of the South Downs.

Steve Anderson

Steve joined the Board of Trustees in 2014, having previously volunteered as a regional chair for the CPRE West Midlands group.

With a career in the criminal justice and advice sectors, he spends his free time working as a conservation volunteer, beekeeping, walking and horse riding.

Patricia Broadfoot, CBE

Patricia, who is Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire, brings a wealth of experience in the educational and voluntary sectors. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Bristol, having previously held senior roles there, and was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire. Recent board roles include being a Governor of the Royal Agricultural University.

Patricia lives near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire. She is a keen walker and horse-rider and has a particular interest in sustainability.

Margaret Clark, CBE

Margaret spent her career in national government agencies responsible for rural policy and practice and also chaired an international group on rural policy development. She chairs the Plunkett Foundation and the Rural Coalition and, until 2015, chaired Hastoe Housing, the leading provider of rural affordable housing. She has also been a member of CPRE’s policy committee.

Corinne Pluchino

Corinne has a special interest in the natural world and rural development and is Chief Executive of the Campaign for National Parks. She has previously worked in both the commercial and charitable sectors and is experienced in communications, campaigning, income generation, and strategic planning and delivery.

She recently completed an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society at UCL and has a particular interest in the relationship between agriculture and wildlife and landscape conservation.

Will Rivers

Will grew up on hill farm in the Brecon Beacons and, despite now living in the city, escapes to the countryside at every opportunity. After completing an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, he’s spent the past 12 years working on carbon reduction and sustainable energy including on major programmes for government and the Committee on Climate Change.

Will has also worked extensively with local authorities to develop climate change strategies and action plans. He’s motivated by addressing the disconnect between urban lives and the countryside and making sure that everyone can experience the huge mental and physical benefits of feeling connected to nature.

Richard Simmons

Richard, who chairs CPRE’s Policy Committee, is a town planner with nearly 40 years’ experience in rural and urban planning and development. As CEO of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment from 2004-11, he advised government on improving the quality of urban areas, parks and landscapes. He has led policy-making and management in local and central government and non-profit organisations.

He teaches town planning at UCL and the University of Greenwich and works as a consultant, mainly internationally.

Robin Thompson

Robin is Deputy Chair of the Board. He’s run his Shropshire-based family farming business for many years and has lived in rural Shropshire all his life. He has served on the boards of two rural-based housing associations, the Housing Corporation and the Rural Development Commission.

Andy Topley

Andy has worked in architecture, planning and urban regeneration for 40 years. He was Chief Executive of Sheffield One, an urban regeneration company, and Director of Regeneration at Creative Sheffield, leading a number of major public and private sector projects. He’s Vice Chair of Friends of the Peak District/CPRE The countryside charity, South Yorkshire.

Martin Tyler

Martin, who lives in the AONB on the North Norfolk coast, chairs our Finance and Corporate Services Committee. His accountancy career included senior positions in major UK charities including the Refugee Council, Christian Aid, Fairtrade Foundation and Amnesty International UK.

He also has substantial experience of being a trustee, including nine years as chair of Pesticides Action Network UK, and is currently a trustee of the Overseas Development Institute.