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Crispin Truman OBE to be the new Director of The Rayne Foundation

21 September 2022

Press release
For immediate release: Wednesday 21 September 2022

CPRE’s outgoing CEO Crispin Truman has been appointed Director at The Rayne Foundation.

CEO of CPRE, the countryside charity since 2017, Crispin has 25 years’ experience of charity leadership, working across sectors and with all levels of government. He was previously CEO of the Churches Conservation Trust and of Revolving Doors Agency before that. He has chaired and been trustee of several organisations, including UK and European heritage networks, Rethink Mental Illness, the London Cycling Campaign and was chair of governors at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form in London.

Robert Rayne, Chairman of The Rayne Foundation, said:
‘Crispin brings a breadth of experience of working with the causes of most importance to Rayne, as well as the knowledge and expertise needed to lead our Foundation in the next stage of its development. As Rayne becomes a more strategic, proactive funder intent on achieving maximum impact through partnership and thoughtful, developmental leadership, Crispin will bring to our expert team and our committed trustee body additional skills and experience we need to succeed. I am delighted that he has accepted our offer and am looking forward to working with him.’

Crispin Truman adds:
‘I am hugely honoured and delighted to be offered this opportunity to lead one of the UKs great philanthropic foundations. I am inspired by the dedication of The Rayne Foundation to helping the most needy in our society and by their history of achievement and founding principle of building bridges to strengthen communities. I am excited by trustees’ ambition to make the most of their learning and experience to move forward and to increase focus on where they can make most difference. I hope that my determination to work across sectors and to bring people, perspectives and professions together will chime with the role Rayne wants to play in modern grantmaking and in achieving even more through partnership with colleagues, fellow charities and communities.’

Commenting on Crispin’s departure, Simon Murray, Chair of CPRE’s Board of Trustees said:
‘Crispin has been a tireless campaigner for CPRE and has championed the charity’s positive vision for the future of the countryside and rural communities and I thank him warmly. He’s steered the organisation through a review of purpose, launched our six-year strategy and continued CPRE’s long tradition of successful campaigning for the countryside.’

Crispin leaves CPRE on Friday 30 September and joins The Rayne Foundation on Monday 17 October 2022.


For further information or to interview a spokesperson, please contact Sarah McMonagle, Head of External Affairs via or 07739 332796.