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Meet the team

Paula Buck –  Chair 

I have lived in Buckinghamshire for over 30 years spending most of that time working at Buckinghamshire County Council. After retiring I got involved as a trustee with CPRE to follow my life long  interest in the countryside. I became Chair in 2018

Steven Horner – Treasurer

I have lived in Buckinghamshire since the age of three, mainly in villages. I appreciate the values of open countryside and fresh air to well being, helping to balance the pressures associated with today’s busy lifestyles. I volunteer with CPRE Bucks, to support the work necessary to ensure these values are considered, in meeting the needs of our diverse society.

Neil Salisbury – Head of Planning

Neil’s interest in the British countryside, and in CPRE in particular, was kindled by a love of the books of Bill Bryson who, it turned out, was a past President of CPRE. When Neil retired from his consultancy business he wanted to gain a new skill to keep his mind busy. So he took on learning all about planning, which has certainly proven to be a challenge!

Andrew Garth – Trustee

My family and I have lived in Buckinghamshire’s unique rural environment for nearly twenty years. I joined CPRE because I want others to have that opportunity too.

Fiona Williamson – Trustee
I moved to Buckinghamshire where my husband grew up  in 2017. A couple of years later I left my job in the City to focus on family life and local volunteering.
I love the glorious countryside our county has to offer and joined CPRE Bucks to help try to preserve and enhance this beautiful area. I chose CPRE Bucks as I was particularly impressed with the ethos of the charity and the difference it makes.
Christa McDermott – Office Support

I have lived and worked in Buckinghamshire my whole life. Currently living in West Wycombe.

I am passionate about our precious green spaces and go out for walks, enjoying the views and fresh air everyday. I have a little dog and a toddler who delight in exploring along with me. My daughter was a huge inspiration for my desire to join the team at CPRE. Securing a cleaner, greener future for the generations to come is at the heart of what we do.

Frances Nash – Trustee

I’ve lived in Buckinghamshire for over 15 years, in Pitstone, where I am lucky enough to have Ivinghoe Beacon on my doorstep.

I’m a hobby gardener as well as a walker. I spent large parts of my childhood on narrowboat holidays – so I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve developed a broad interest in the countryside and the environment.

I’ve been impressed by the very broad range of topics that CPRE touches on.  I’m very much enjoying getting involved, but, goodness, there’s a lot to do!

Sir David Lidington- President 

I’ve lived in Princes Risborough and represented Aylesbury in the House of Commons for nearly 28 years. I have known the Chilterns from boyhood, with memories of family walks in the Chess Valley, camping at Chalfont Heights and scout hikes at Coombe Hill.

I see the strategic challenge facing CPRE as persuading an overwhelmingly urban public of the value of our countryside – in terms of biodiversity, carbon management, recreation, sustainable economic growth and employment, tranquility and mental and spiritual refreshment.

Giles Draper – Trustee


I was born and brought up in neighbouring Hertfordshire, however I was introduced to the joys of the Buckinghamshire countryside from an early age, enjoying regular days out at beauty spots in the Chiltern Hills and visits to friends and extended family in and around Bletchley and Marlow.

Since graduating from the University of London where I studied English Literature, I have pursued a colourful career in the media. At one time or another I have been a local newspaper reporter, copywriter, scriptwriter, producer, TV announcer and publicist.

I currently work as a freelance media relations consultant and live a short (EV) drive from Bucks in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

A keen walker and wildlife enthusiast, I believe positive PR and strategic media engagement has an important role to play in protecting and promoting the countryside, not just for future generations but also for everyone today.

Jonathan Elvin – Trustee


I have lived around Milton Keynes most of my life and have always been interested in Wildlife, the environment and conservation. Most holidays include some element of wildlife viewing. I also enjoy gardening and volunteer as a trustee with two other local charities. I am also pleased to be a volunteer at the Parks Trust, a local Milton Keynes charity that manages the green spaces in Milton Keynes, doing conservation work, hedge laying and dry stone walling.

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