Countryside charity CPRE appoints new CEO

Roger Mortlock, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT)’s chief executive, is to take the helm at countryside charity CPRE.

Mortlock has been CEO of GWT for the past nine years. He has led the GWT through a period of significant change, increasing the ambition of their programmes and doubling income.

On the national stage, he is an experienced campaigner. At GWT, he developed and launched the UK’s first green infrastructure benchmark and led on several national agricultural policy projects for the Wildlife Trusts.

Prior to the GWT, Mortlock was deputy director of the Soil Association and, before that, director of communications with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Simon Murray, chair of CPRE, said: “Along with enormous energy and enthusiasm, Roger will bring a special blend of skills and experience to the CPRE movement at this important time, both for the organisation and for the countryside. The Trustees and I are really excited about this appointment and we can’t wait for Roger to get started.”

Mortlock said: “CPRE champions many of the issues I’m most passionate about, so I’m thrilled to be joining the team. The countryside is facing some unprecedented challenges, so a strong voice from CPRE nationally and locally is more important than ever. It’s already an organisation punching above its weight and I’m looking forward to building momentum across the whole movement in the run up to CPRE’s centenary in 2026.”

Mortlock succeeds Crispin Truman, who was CEO from 2017 to 2022 and is now director of the Rayne Foundation.

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