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Trustee Board members

Read biographies of Trustee Board members.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson websiteSteve’s career in policing included a spell as wildlife crime officer, following retirement he has established his own criminal justice consultancy. Running in parallel Steve has now completed over 20 years conservation volunteering with the National Trust and Wildlife Trusts. He is a keen horse rider and long distance walker.

Margaret Clark

Margaret clark websiteMargaret spent her career in government agencies responsible for rural policy and practice and chaired an international group on rural policy development.  She is chair of the Plunkett Foundation and the Rural Coalition and, until recently, Hastoe Housing, the leading provider of rural affordable housing.  She has been a member of CPRE’s policy committee.  She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to rural communities.

Christine Drury

Christine Drury websiteChristine has been an active volunteer for CPRE since 2004, with roles as South East regional chair and vice chair of CPRE Kent.  This followed a career in Unilever which included pioneering senior roles in environmental management and NGO engagement. She is passionate about the landscape and community of the countryside, and holds other local and national trusteeships.

Lucie Hammond

Lucie websiteLucie is a partner at RSM, leading on rural services for the Southern Region from the Swindon office. With nearly 30 years’ experience, Lucie advises rural businesses on business and taxation matters. She is also an active branch committee member of the CLA, passionate about the countryside and a horse enthusiast.

Su Sayer

Su Sayer websiteSu co-founded the disability charity United Response in 1973, and was its CEO for over 40 years.  Awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours  for services to disabled people throughout the UK, 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.

Corinne Pluchino

corinne pluchino websiteCorinne specialises in communications, campaigning and income generation. During her commercial career she worked with a wide range of organisations on their communications, including several charitable bodies, which inspired her to move to the third sector. Most recently Corinne was Executive Director for Marketing, Communications & Fundraising at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. She has a longstanding interest in conservation and is now undertaking postgraduate studies in environmental policy making.

Will Rivers

Will Rivers Website 2Following his MSc in Environmental Sustainability, Will has spent the last 12 years working in the climate change and sustainable energy sector. Will has led the development of several major carbon reduction programmes for government, worked extensively with local authorities to develop climate change strategies and projects and led on internal commercial strategy at the Energy Saving Trust. Will grew up on a farm in the Brecon Beacons, is a keen walker, wild swimmer and mini-adventurer, a trained Mountain Leader and a huge enthusiast for the countryside in general. Will is motivated by the huge benefits that everybody could gain through greater exposure to the outdoors and the joys of thriving rural communities.

Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons website.jpgRichard is a town planner with nearly 40 years experience in both 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 Thompson websiteRobin has run the Shropshire based family farming business for many years.  He has served on the boards of two rural-based Housing Associations, the Housing Corporation and the Rural Development Commission.  Robin has lived all his life in rural Shropshire and has a deep rooted love of both the countryside and the landscape.

Andy Topley

Andy Topley websiteAndy has a 40 year career in architecture, planning and urban regeneration. Latterly he was Chief Executive of Sheffield One, an urban regeneration company and Director of Regeneration at Creative Sheffield, leading a number major public/private sector projects. He is Vice Chair of Friends of the Peak District/CPRE South Yorkshire.

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