CPRE head to chair environment think tank
Long-time chief executive of the CPRE Shaun Spiers has announced his departure; after 13 years at the helm of the charity, he’ll leave in June to head up independent think tank and charity Green Alliance, which is coordinating the environment sector’s response to Brexit.
‘I have loved working with CPRE’S terrific team and volunteers across England,’ comments Mr Spiers, ‘but Brexit presents the biggest challenge and the greatest opportunities the environment and countryside have faced in Britain for at least a generation. The opportunity to lead Green Alliance was too good to resist.’
During his tenure, the CPRE has played a vital part in resisting major assaults on the planning system and green-belt policy, promoting affordable rural housing, winning designation of the South Downs National Park and securing a charge for carrier bags, among other initiatives.