The Big Hire: Crispin Truman

The Campaign to Protect Rural England's new chief executive will begin work in September

Crispin Truman
Crispin Truman

After almost 14 years running a charity that works to save historic churches, Crispin Truman will be setting his sights on something larger: the English countryside.

Truman, who will leave the Churches Conservation Trust to take up the role of chief executive at the Campaign to Protect Rural England in September, will succeed Shaun Spiers, who is joining the charitable think tank the Green Alliance.

Truman says he was drawn to the role because of his love of the outdoors and his experience of working with rural conservation groups in his current role.

"I love being in the countryside and enjoy walking or cycling out of town whenever I get the opportunity," he says. "In my time at CCT I've thoroughly enjoyed working with rural communities to save their local historic churches. To have the chance to lead the premier charity working to protect and enhance rural England is fantastic."

Before joining the CCT, Truman spent 10 years as chief executive of the mental health and drug misuse charity the Revolving Doors Agency. He is on the council of the European network Future for Religious Heritage and a member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Civil Society Partnership Network.

Truman, who was awarded an OBE for services to heritage and charitable foundations in the most recent New Year Honours, has held a variety of trustee roles, including five years as chair of the London Cycling Campaign and six years as a trustee of both Rethink Mental Illness and the Heritage Alliance.

Su Sayer, chair of the CPRE, says she is looking forward to working with Truman. "He brings a wealth of experience and arrives at an exciting time for the CPRE as we embark on our new strategic plan and work to promote the countryside with a new government," she says.

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