CPRE Norfolk

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People and Governance

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Chris Dady, Chairman

Chris Dady, a Norfolk born chartered surveyor who has lived in the Broadland area for over 30 years with his wife Sally, became involved with CPRE Norfolk through the Green Buildings open days.  They were able to have their own self built eco house included as part of this event.  Chris has been volunteering for CPRE Norfolk for the past five years in addition to his other voluntary work.

Rob Lodge, Vice-Chairman

Rob Lodge taught in various roles in Secondary schools and has also worked as part of the Norfolk Children’s Services Advisory Team with an emphasis on Secondary education. He has in recent times for Norfolk CPRE supported developments on engaging with young people, including a Conference working with partner organisations, for the students to understand the priorities for land use in rural Norfolk. He, his wife, Liz and family have lived in North Norfolk for nearly thirty years.

Professor Tim O’Riordan OBE DL FBA, President

Professor O’Riordan is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County, Sheriff of Norwich (2009-10) and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has a deep understanding of climate change issues and is an active promoter of sustainable rural communities. As president of CPRE Norfolk, he is our figurehead, promoting the charity wherever possible and raising awareness of our work.

Graham Sillett, Honorary Treasurer

Graham was a partner in a local firm of Chartered Accountants, Lovewell Blake, before taking early retirement to concentrate on voluntary work.  After spending his working life behind a desk, Graham prefers to be outdoors walking, running and visiting historic sites and buildings.


Helen Leith, Branch Director

Helen has worked with campaign groups (including Friends of the Earth and CPRE Dorset),  heritage organisations (including The National Trust and Norfolk Museums Service), has an arts history background, worked at Christie’s auction house and run her own antiques businesses.  She is also an experienced property renovator and a Trustee of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust.  Helen is responsible for coordinating CPRE Norfolk’s campaigns, events, fundraising, communications and membership activities. Contact her at helenl@cprenorfolk.org.uk.

Helen Steed, Finance and Administration Officer

Helen looks after the day-to-day finances of CPRE Norfolk, keeping a close eye on the charity’s income and expenditure.  She is also responsible for IT and other administration in the office, looks after our membership and other records and manages our network of litter wardens.   Helen has a computing and science background, runs a business with her husband, as well as looking after their two children, is very active in children’s musical theatre, being an experienced director and actress and the family are all keen ramblers.  Contact her at helens@cprenorfolk.org.uk.

David Hook, Light Pollution Campaign Co-ordinator and Chair of Planning Committee

David is Vice Chairman of Hempnall Parish Council and the Co-ordinator of CPRE Norfolk’s Light Pollution Campaign. In his role with CPRE, David has advised councils, businesses and individuals throughout Norfolk on lighting issues and organised one of the first conferences on light pollution in Norfolk with the Norwich Astronomical Society. As with all of our campaigners, David’s light pollution work for CPRE Norfolk is entirely voluntary.  He was recently presented with an award from The British Astronomical Society in recognition of his years of work on light pollution and an Outstanding Achievement Award from national CPRE for his work on light pollution.

Michael Rayner, Planning Campaigns Consultant

Michael is responsible for all the day-to-day planning workload within CPRE Norfolk.   He is engaged in co-ordinating the Parish Council Pledge Campaign, writing official CPRE Norfolk responses to planning applications, developing future campaign strategy, talking to decision-makers across the County and beyond, and much more.   Michael had a long career in education, serving as Deputy Head of Langley School for fourteen years.   He is also a longtime member of the Battlefields Trust, taking particular responsibility for planning issues and representing the Trust at public enquiries, working alongside English Heritage (now Historic England).   Michael has also published several books on English battlefields.   You can contact him at michaelr@cprenorfolk.org.uk


CPRE Norfolk Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee meets four times a year in January, April, July and October.   Our next AGM will be on Thursday 6th July 2017 at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, when we will also be launching our new Campaign Report A Vision for Norfolk (#V4N).   Our Executive Committee is made up of elected Officers (Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary), elected Ordinary members and Vice-Presidents.  Elected members are voted in annually at the AGM.  Nominations for the Executive Committee should be made to the Honorary Secretary Bryan Robinson, via the Branch Office.

Elected Members

Professor Timothy O’Riordan (President) Christopher Dady (Chairman) Robert Lodge (Vice-Chairman) Bryan Robinson (Honorary Secretary) Graham Sillett (Honorary Treasurer) Dr. Keith Bacon, David Hook, Michael Knights, Rosalie Monbiot, Dr. Ian Shepherd.  Vice Presidents (non-voting members) Peter Forbes, Matthew Martin, Greg Peck, Lady Walpole, Martin Walton.

CPRE Norfolk also relies on the generosity of our Patrons who support us, financially and in kind.  Our current Patrons are:

Sir Nicholas Bacon, Charles Barratt, Ivor Braka,  Lord Cholmondeley, Tom Cook, Paul Gismondi, Lord Leicester, Sir Rupert Mann, Rosalie Monbiot, Professor Tim O’Riordan,  Lord and Lady Walpole.   Other Patrons have asked to remain anonymous.

Trustees’ Annual Reports and Financial Accounts

CPRE Norfolk Trustees’ Annual Report 2014 CPRE Norfolk Trustees’ Annual Report 2013 CPRE Norfolk Trustees’ Annual Report 2012 CPRE Norfolk Trustees’ Annual Report 2011 CPRE Norfolk Trustees’ Annual Report 2010

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