Our Trustees and Staff
Kristina has been member of CPRE Surrey since 1995 and has chaired the Board of Trustees since 2016. She counts herself lucky to have grown up in the Chiltern Hills and fortunate to have raised her family in the Surrey Hills. She represents CPRE Surrey as an advisory member on the Surrey Hills AONB Board. She is also a trustee of the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and has a Masters in Environmental Law from UCL.
Until recently she was a solicitor with Richard Buxton Solicitors, a practice specialising in planning and environmental law and worked on CPRE Surrey’s legal challenge to the Waverley Local Plan (CPRE Surrey and POW Campaign Ltd v Waverley Borough Council  EWCA Civ 1826). She also acted on the statutory challenge to the Guildford Local Plan R (Compton Parish Council & Others) v Guildford Borough Council & others  EWHC 3242 (Admin). However, the High Court is unpredictable and a frustrating place to fight for the environment and by the time it comes to challenging decisions made by the Secretary of State or a local planning authority it is often too late.
Since early 2020 she has been working with her CPRE colleagues both here in Surrey and nationally and focusing on finding ways of attracting new volunteers. With the lockdowns highlighting the importance of the natural environment and the UN Climate Change COP 26 in Glasgow this year CPRE has never felt more relevant. We need to be well equipped as we navigate through the Covid crisis and start sailing towards a better and greener future for sake of our local environment, the wider countryside and health of our planet.
Living in Haslemere, with two young boys and two young dogs – both pairs needing regular running, allows Matt to enjoy the wellbeing benefits and closeness to nature on his regular local sorties into the Surrey Hills. Being an avid cyclist both off and on road allows him to roam further afield on the tracks less travelled to see the broad expanse, beauty and uniqueness of the Surrey countryside.
Last summer’s lockdown really allowed people to re-engage with what is on their doorstep, to value the countryside and contemplate lifestyle choices; but it’s important to recognise that this in turn brings both threats and opportunities in the way that land and space is managed in Surrey as the county looks to ‘build back better’.
Matt recently joined CPRE Surrey as a Trustee bringing 25 years background in governance, fundraising and advocacy in transport charities. He is currently the Director of Influence and Engagement Cycling UK, the national cycling charity which inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling.
The influence bit of the role means leading the charity’s advocacy work in making the case to governments, local authorities, businesses and decision makers to invest in cycling to realise the wider societal benefits of cycling beyond just transport. Engagement is ‘selling’ cycling to new audiences to grow the number of regular cyclists through UK wide programmes such as National Bike Week and the Women’s Festival of Cycling. Skills that he looks forward to bringing in to CPRE, especially as how we design transport choices into planning influences where and how we live locally.
John Goodridge has had a career in finance in London, working for investment banks and hedge funds. He lives in Waverley, close to the big natural areas of the Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Thursley Common and Hankley Common, where he often walks the family dogs. He is also a keen road cyclist across Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire.
It was John’s experience of living in this beautiful corner of Surrey, walking and cycling in its stunning countryside, that led him to volunteer for CPRE Surrey. John is concerned that the government drive to build will result in the loss of more land from the Green Belt and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. He joined the board of CPRE Surrey in 2020 and currently serves as our treasurer.
Alivia Kratke is an experienced civil servant having held positions at the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and Department for International Trade. Prior to this, Alivia worked for the Bank of England and started her career as a solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser.
She is focussed on protecting and enhancing the Surrey Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As an avid walker of the Surrey Hills, she is a committed advocate of the need to protect such wonderful green and open spaces for the future and has a particular focus on seeking to influence the potential redrafting of the Guildford Local Plan and the Natural England review of the Surrey Hills.
In addition to leading on CPRE activities in Guildford, Alivia welcomes our new members and runs the on-boarding process.
Sonya Dixon has a career in international marketing and communications, living and working in France, Germany, London, USA and India. With over 20 years of working with corporates and start ups alike, Sonya now consults multi-sector businesses. Sonya has experience of setting up a charity in India from the grass roots, working with children from marginalised communities transforming their lives through Art and still supports their initiatives.
Sonya is passionate about the countryside and culture. Living in Waverley, close to big natural areas she has enjoyed exploring all of Surrey’s incredible countryside especially the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She enjoys running, cycling and walking the family dog with her active family. It is her experience of enjoying the multiple benefits of the countryside on her doorstep as well as in neighbouring counties with her family which has led Sonya to volunteer for CPRE Surrey.
Sonya has joined the board in 2021 to share her expertise, help protect the countryside and importantly broaden the support for CPRE Surrey to make it a “countryside for all”.
Craig Freeman has worked in brand and marketing for 15 years helping businesses and organisations of all sizes to reach and engage their target audiences. He grew up in Caterham and after a stint living in London after University, moved back to Surrey with his young family to Reigate. He has now lived there since 2016 and spends as much time as possible in the surrounding countryside and green spaces. From dog walks close to home in Priory Park, Reigate Heath, and Earlswood Common, to longer distance family adventures across the hills of the North Downs, hanging out in a hammock in many of the ancient woodlands across the county, and exploring the wildlife rich nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest across Surrey.
After over 30 years working in magazines and media Jeremy decided to retrain to pursue a lifelong ambition of working in the countryside. Having grown up on a farm and always been a lover of the great outdoors he had a ‘road to Damascus’ moment when he saw a job ad for a Countryside Ranger. With the support of his wife he retrained at Plumpton College, near Lewes studying Countryside & Wildlife Management and now works as a Ranger for the National Trust, at Limpsfield Common, near Oxted.
He is passionate about preserving our green spaces and is working on regenerating areas of heathland at Limpsfield. He is also a huge lover of chalk grassland, another rapidly diminishing habitat and one that Surrey is blessed with in a number of sites.
In his spare time, he is a keen dog walker, and loves metal detecting and mudlarking on the banks of the Thames.
Phil 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 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.