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Meet the team

Jonathan Clarke, CPRE Cheshire Chair

Jonathan Clarke

Chair

Jonathan was appointed Chair of CPRE Cheshire in May 2023. Before retirement, he spent over 30 years as a town planner in local government – mostly in Merseyside – and 2 years as a Planning Inspector. He believes CPRE can make a huge contribution to some of today’s most important issues, including countryside protection, housing, transport, food production, biodiversity, and climate change.

Jonathan’s other interests include walking, volunteering with Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the Chester Mountaineering Club, and looking after his garden.

Peter Raynes

Vice President

Peter has held multiple roles within CPRE, having been a National Trustee, Regional Chair and Cheshire group Chair. He has extensive experience in the business and the voluntary sectors. He is currently Chair of the Cheshire Pensions Board and has been a director and trustee of the UK Shareholders Association.

By background a Chemical Engineer he spent the majority of his career with international consumer goods groups. He was also elected for a term as a Cheshire East councillor. Outside interests including playing the cello in local orchestras, as well as walking and cycling in Cheshire’s outstanding landscape.

Andrew Needham
Vice Chair

Andrew was Chair of CPRE Cheshire from 2012 – 2020. Previously, he was a councillor on Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Andrew now leads on planning for the group. He takes a keen interest in rail matters, and is also active with the River Weaver Navigation Society.

Debbie Janney

Secretary

A familiar face to most of our members, Debbie has been providing essential support to the group for over 20 years – both in the office and at events.

She also works with CPRE Lancashire and the CPRE North West Regional Group. In her spare time she loves walking in the beautiful countryside across the region.

Becca Nelson

Group Development

Becca has been working with CPRE Cheshire on the website, communications and events since 2008.  Along with Debbie, she also works for CPRE Lancashire and the CPRE North West Regional Group. She’s loved the countryside all her life, and her favourite way to spend time when growing up (apart from playing the cello) was helping out on a friend’s dairy farm.