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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Sarah, who lives in Epsom, has taken a keen interest in the environment, the countryside and nature for many years. She is Co-ordinator of AirportWatch, the umbrella group for organisations, groups and individuals opposing the negative environmental impact of aviation. For Surrey, this means working with the campaign groups at both Gatwick and Heathrow. Sarah is an active campaigner for action to avert climate breakdown and the ecological crisis, especially the reduction of wildlife and destruction of natural habitats, both locally and more widely. She has been a trustee since 2012.
Michael has extensive experience in business and agriculture. His commercial career began in The Rank Organisation, firstly in international marketing and later as senior assistant to the group managing director, before becoming manager of the Rank Children’s Club, overseeing the Saturday film clubs in over 600 Rank cinemas. After the film industry, Michael moved on to the Read Group and then PE Consulting, working in the UK, France, Turkey and the USA. Back in England, and with a thirst for the country life, he and his wife bought a farm near Edenbridge on the Kent/Surrey border, investing in 200 sheep and 30 calves, and ran this farm very successfully for the next 15 years.
A former councillor, both on Surrey County Council and Tandridge District Council, Michael became the organiser of CPRE’s local Tandridge group in 2015 and was appointed a trustee of CPRE Surrey in the same year.
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.