Our President and Vice-Presidents
Born in Ockham, Tim spent his childhood and teens in Effingham but his career in industry often took him abroad and he worked for many years in the USA, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and Switzerland. He returned to Surrey in 1984, soon becoming deeply involved in local community activities and taking on the chairmanship of the Tyting Society in Guildford’s Holy Trinity Ward. Tim joined CPRE in 1998 and several years later became chair of our local Guildford group and then of CPRE Surrey’s board of trustees, holding this latter post for eight years. During this time, he also represented CPRE on the Surrey Hills AONB Board. After stepping down from the chair of CPRE Surrey in 2010 he continued as chair of the local Guildford group, a role from which he retired in 2019.
Having spearheaded so many of our campaigns for Surrey’s countryside, Tim has been a familiar figure at planning inquiries and public meetings for more than two decades, speaking up for our Green Belt and against the tidal wave of inappropriate development schemes throughout the county. After all these years of tireless campaigning, Tim is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement from the ‘front-line’ but he continues to champion CPRE Surrey in his new role as the charity’s honorary president.
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.
Anthony Isaacs MBE
A solicitor specialising in company and commercial law, Anthony was in practice in a London law firm for five decades and was its senior partner for nine years. He was for seven years an independent member of the Council of Lloyd’s and was President of the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal.
Anthony moved to Surrey in 1964 and joined CPRE in the 1990s. He has been chair of our local group in Waverley since 2005 and was a trustee of the charity until 2019. He greatly values, for himself, his family and everyone, the exceptional beauty and tranquillity of Surrey’s outstanding countryside, which he believes passionately must be protected as an important public asset.
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.
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.
A solicitor by profession, qualified in 1970, Malcolm served as a council member of the Surrey County Agricultural Society – organisers of the Surrey County Show – from 1980 to 1997 and was a member of the University of Surrey Council from 1983 to 1993. After serving as a Guildford Borough Councillor (1979 to 1995) and as a Surrey County Councillor from 1993 to 1997, Malcolm was appointed Honorary Alderman for services to Guildford. He was a founder of Guildford Business & Environment Forum and a board member of the Guildford Chamber of Commerce. A longstanding member of CPRE, he was solicitor to CPRE Surrey for 10 years and has been a trustee of the charity since 2010. He holds the National CPRE Countryside Medal for his services to the environment.