Campaign to Protect Rural England Standing up for your countryside

Skip to navigation


We have a range of campaigners and senior spokespeople who can be available for national media interviews.

Please call the press office on 020 7981 2819 to arrange. We have a dedicated ISDN line. 

Crispin Truman, chief executive

crispinCrispin joined CPRE as chief executive in September 2017. He was previously the chief executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, the UK charity protecting historic churches at risk.

Crispin is a founder member of European network, Future Religious Heritage and an International Advisory Panel Member at the Foundation for Jewish Heritage. He is a member of the UK Government’s Rural Affairs Department (DEFRA)’s Civil Society Partnership Network core group.

Crispin is Chair of Governors at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form in London.  He was formerly trustee of a number of UK charities including The Heritage Alliance, Rethink Mental Illness and The Building Exploratory. Crispin trained as a social worker and was formerly chief executive of the Revolving Doors Agency. He was awarded the OBE for services to heritage and charitable foundations in January 2017.

Tom Fyans, director of campaigns and policy

Tom Fyans CPRE

Tom is director of campaigns and policy, he has strategic oversight of CPRE's advocacy and policy functions.

Tom has over 20 years’ experience of providing campaign leadership in a range of charities. Prior to 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.

Matt Thomson, head of planning

Matt Thomson

Matt joined CPRE in July 2014 and is currently also completing a PhD in planning at Oxford Brookes University. Previously he was head of policy and practice for the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body for town planners in the UK – and also has 15 years of experience as a planning officer with various local councils in England.

Specialist areas: planning; housing; transport; garden cities.

Paul Miner, head of strategic plans and devolution

Paul Miner blog

Paul has worked at CPRE since 2002 and is our head of strategic plans and devolution, as well as chair of the land use planning working group at Wildlife and Countryside Link. 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; clutter.

Graeme Willis, senior rural policy campaigner

Graeme Wills

Graeme joined the Rural Affairs team of CPRE in 2006 to help launch new tranquillity maps. He worked with Caroline Cranbrook on The Real Choice (2006) report and subsequently managed a 5-year project to highlight the importance of local food webs across England. He now leads on food and farming issues for CPRE and is author of From field to fork: the value of England’s local food webs (2012) and New Model Farming (2016).

Graeme worked in the private sector and in academia before joining CPRE. He holds an M.Env in Environment, Science and Society from Essex University and comes from a Cheshire farming family.

Specialist areas: farming, local food; tranquillity, intrusion mapping.

Emma Marrington, senior rural policy campaigner

Emma Marrington

Emma is a rural policy specialist in our campaigns team and leads CPRE's work on some of the most treasured features of our countryside like National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and landscape issues.

She also leads our Night Blight campaign to curb intrusive light pollution and protect dark skies.

Specialist areas: National Parks; AONBs; trees; hedgerows; light pollution; polytunnels.

Samantha Harding, litter programme director

Samantha Harding

Sam has led CPRE’s anti-litter campaign since 2008. Previously she managed campaigns for The Children’s Society and The Stroke Association.

A recent campaign breakthrough has been securing the introduction of a 5p charge on carrier bags – a scheme that works effectively in Wales to reduce litter and waste.

Specialist areas: litter; deposit refund schemes; recycling; fly tipping; waste.

 Lois Lane, research and policy advisor

Lois spokespeopleLois leads CPRE’s policy work on rural affordable housing and the rural land economy, helping to promote positive policy solutions to the housing crisis in the countryside.

Before joining CPRE, Lois completed a PhD in Medieval History at King’s College London.

Specialist areas: housing; land reform


Daniel Carey-Dawes, senior infrastructure campaigner

daniel cd

Daniel leads CPRE’s work on infrastructure, which includes transport, energy and the National Infrastructure Commission. His primary interests include improving rural bus and rail services and how energy and climate change policy interacts with rural communities.

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 climate change.

Back to top

Hay field harvest

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. If that's okay, just continue browsing - or see our cookies policy for ways to opt out.
Cookies Policy I agree