The West Yorkshire branch of CPRE is an independent charity. It has its own governing body and a board of trustees. Listed below are the members of the board and trustees. If you’re interested in becoming a trustee for CPRE West Yorkshire, please get in touch.
David, a recent immigrant to Yorkshire (he has only lived here 42 years), is Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Leeds. Although his research is plant-based, concentrating on development at the cell level, he is a gardener and chairs his local In Bloom group.
He became a member of CPRE because of his interest in traffic management arising from the planning of the M1 extension, one option for which would have impacted on his village and the surrounding countryside. Once captured, he became a trustee and is now Branch chairman.
He is also chair of his local Neighbourhood Forum and writing the Neighbourhood Development Plan is presently occupying a lot of his time.
Marion’s upbringing in Northumberland sparked an early interest in the countryside. She now uses the skills gained during her academic and management career as a trustee of CPRE West Yorkshire and of the Friends of the Dales.
She has been a member of CPRE through Friends of the Lake District for 43 years.
As a previous trustee and Chair of CPRE Cumbria (Friends of the Lake District), she has experience of charity finance and governance. She served as a member of the national CPRE Nominations Committee between 2013 and 2017.
Marion enjoys the variety of country landscapes in different seasons and weathers and walks in the local countryside most weeks.
Robert is proud of his deep Yorkshire roots and still lives in the Yorkshire Pennines, where he was born and raised on the family farm. However, his career as a Management Consultant took him to all parts of the UK and internationally. This gave him a broad range of management, strategic planning and environmental management skills in widely differing geographic and commercial environments. He is now especially concerned about the current “one-size-fits-all” planning focus, on housing by numbers and over-aspirational economic development, at the expense of sustainable communities, urban regeneration and our green field countryside. By any definition, it is simply not sustainable.
Robert is a Trustee of West Yorkshire CPRE and a strong advocate of working in partnership with like-minded organisations and community groups. As such he has spent the last ten years working with numerous local groups in Calderdale and Kirklees to protect the countryside and facilitate truly sustainable development in their particular communities.
Margaret is Yorkshire and proud of it. Having grown up on a small holding on the outskirts of Harrogate overlooking the Nidd, she couldn’t wait to get back to God’s own after college in Birmingham. She is now perched on the top of a hill in the middle of the Pennines and wouldn’t be anywhere else, especially as she has two horses and two dogs to care for.
Her local involvement and exposure to the UK’s adversarial approach to planning started with an out of town superstore application. During the three years spent defeating the application, she learnt a lot about developers’ behaviour, the powerlessness of planning authorities and how to mobilise local opinion. She continued to ensure that local people’s views were heard in the local development plan consultation which led to her involvement in the CPRE.
In addition to her interests in the countryside, she feels it important to articulate to decision makers that the rural way of life is very different to urban existence and uses her skills acquired from the membership of several boards and experience of organisational development to help CPRE face up to its new challenges.