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CPRE Surrey Welcomes New Trustees

Andy Smith
By Andy Smith
19th February 2021

We are delighted to introduce our two new Trustees with a range of marketing skills to further promote CPRE Surrey to drive our marketing plans and extend our reach. 

“We recognise that marketing is of key importance to the future of CPRE Surrey” Kristina Kenworthy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Surrey Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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 for more than four years 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. 

Photo of new Trustee Craig Freeman and his daughter

Craig has very deliberately made the outdoors a core aspect of being a parent and publishes a blog called Rambling Dad where he shares his family’s experiences with nature and promotes the benefits of spending time in the countryside as a family. He also posts ideas to get children engaged with the natural world around them because it is his belief that the more we encourage the younger generations to explore and enjoy it, the more likely they are to want to protect it.

Craig volunteered as a Trustee in January 2021 to bring his marketing knowledge to help build support and awareness for CPRE Surrey and our campaign to protect and champion the Surrey countryside. 

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.  

New volunteer Sonya Dixon and her dog

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”.

Find opportunities to get involved yourself here.