Meet the team
Chair, CPRE Avon and Bristol
David’s two major lifetime interests are opera and classical music; and countryside and environmental issues. He is married to Pam, who is a Bath magistrate, they have two grown-up children, and live in the countryside, south-west of Bath. He has been Chair of CPRE Avon and Bristol since November 2018.
After graduating from Oxford, David joined the Civil Service and worked in the Departments of the Environment and Transport for nearly 15 years. His experience included planning, local transport, transport policy, international aviation negotiations, and representation of the UK in the EU.
After leaving the Civil Service, he joined the old RAC group at Board level as its Corporate and Public Affairs Director. In that role he was instrumental in ensuring that the RAC, ahead of almost the entire motor industry, took environmental issues seriously and sought to address them. He established the RAC Foundation primarily for that purpose and remained a Trustee for many years. Parallel non-executive roles included being a Trustee of ROSPA and of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
On the break-up of the old RAC Group David led a Government backed review into the governance and future strategy for the UK Engineering sector and then led the newly formed Engineering and Technology Board as its ‘startup’ Chief Executive for two years before handing the role back to the profession.
For family reasons David then moved back to his native South-West in 2001 and took a role as Commercial Director of the law firm Bevan Ashford, based in Bristol. David’s final executive role was as Chief Executive of the NHS Partners Network, the trade association for private healthcare companies working in the NHS.
He retired in 2013, and has had a number of non-executive roles, including chairing two healthcare trade associations; advising a Search Consultancy and working with Private Equity firms. He has just stood down from the last of these remunerated roles – the founding chair of the Association of Dental Groups, which has grown from nothing into a major force in the sector.
Director, CPRE Avon and Bristol
Sophie has had a life long interest in countryside and rural issues. She was brought up on an small organic farm in rural mid-Wales with her environmentally minded family. She lives in Bristol with her husband, three children and dog, and maintains regular contact both with local countryside and her childhood landscapes of Wales. In her spare time she regularly enjoys singing, swimming, reading and walking. She has been Director of CPRE Avon and Bristol since 2014.
After graduating from Swansea University, Sophie worked for a small environmental consultancy in Leicester, before traveling throughout India and Nepal. She joined CPRE’s Policy Team in central London in 1999, and quickly developed her knowledge and expertise in rural policy, particularly farming and local foods, trees and hedgerows, rural communities and services, planning and special landscapes.
After 6 years at national CPRE, Sophie moved to Bristol. She spent some time at home looking after her three children, and did some consultancy work for Waitrose and CPRE. Sophie particularly enjoys working with our local volunteers, and believes strongly that everyone should be able to benefit from the wonders of nature that are to be found in our beautiful local countryside.
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