CPRE head to chair en­vi­ron­ment think tank

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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.

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