Our Staff

Andy Smith

Executive Director

Born and raised in Surrey, Andy has been our director since 2015, having previously been a CPRE volunteer in various capacities for over 20 years. A Life Fellow and past president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, Andy is a professional journalist and media consultant who has worked in communications management roles for a variety of private and public sector organisations including the South East England Development Agency where he was head of media and public affairs.

As director of CPRE Surrey, Andy is responsible for coordinating the charity’s campaigns, publications and communications, as well as devising and implementing our strategic plan. With more than 35 years’ journalistic experience, he writes regularly for local and national press on various aspects of England’s countryside and heritage, and has a monthly column, ‘Rural Ramblings’, in Surrey Life magazine. Andy is secretary of both the London Green Belt Council and the Surrey Historic Buildings Trust. He is a Freeman of the City of London.

Phil Partridge


Phil Partridge is doing some Admin for us, having started as a volunteer late in 2020. He talks about The Three Degrees, 1 in languages, 1 in computing and the third degree is a brother whose severe mental health problems have lasted 50 years.

After project-managing first in IT, then in Mental Health and Family Carers, he has stopped commuting to London to go Green and Local, joining CPRE at Cowpie a few years ago. He is ever-more-aware of dangers to our finest asset, (no not Spitfires, Rugby, bitter or The
Beatles), but our countryside. You might find him at a gig, litter-picking at Glastonbury, helping/organising at a music festival, stewarding at Twickenham, on the allotment, planting trees, at Eco-Build, or clearly
tabulating the numbers hidden in a Local Development Plan. He would like to see that any new housing allowed from now, is only ever allowed to be constructed by fully eco-responsible developers, is sustainable, desirable, what community needs, and by-design reverses climate and bio-diversity crises. Oh yes, and he’s an optimist.

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