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Our President and Vice-Presidents

Tim Murphy


Tim has degrees in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and in Town & Regional Planning. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and former member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institution of Environmental Sciences, Tim worked as Senior Planning Assistant at the London Borough of Hackney, 1970-74, Project Manager and then Director of the Environment Department at WS Atkins, consulting engineers, 1974-1991, Director of the Environmental Assessment Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1991-2001.

A CPRE Surrey member for more than 20 years, Tim served as chair of trustees for seven years, having first joined the board in 2006. He is currently chair of our local group in Epsom & Ewell and vice-chair of both CPRE Surrey and CPRE South East.

Keith Tothill


Keith retired after a long career as a professional town planner. His degree (from Durham University) was in Geography, which has enabled him to understand the complex and often contradictory relationships between the environment and all aspects of development. An active CPRE member since 2005, a trustee since 2011, and one of CPRE Surrey’s planning advisers on our executive team, Keith’s main areas of expertise are the Green Belt, countryside and housing matters, although his interests range over most aspects of the environment. Although retired, he has kept abreast of the many changes in all aspects of town planning.

Gillian Hein

Vice President

Now retired, Gillian worked as a professional planner in the North of England, Canada, and latterly in two London boroughs. Experience has been both on planning policy and development management. Her qualifications include degrees in geography and project management and diplomas in planning and landscape architecture.

A longstanding active member of CPRE Surrey, Gillian is one of our planning advisers, a key member of our executive team, and also serves as the chair of our local group in Reigate & Banstead. Her main interests are ecology and landscape planning, and in addition to her CPRE roles she is also actively involved with the Tadworth & Walton Residents’ Association. Gillian’s hobbies include walking and painting with an emphasis on watercolour and pastel landscapes.