Our team

Staff team:

Rose O'Neill, Chief Executive

Rose joined Campaign for National Parks in September 2021 after leading social and behavioural science at Natural England. She has a PhD in environmental science and is a Trustee of Wessex Rivers Trust and Non-executive director of Waterwise, the water efficiency NGO. Previously, she has led the high-profile UK rivers programme at WWF, building partnerships to connect grass-roots campaigners with Westminster decision-makers. She lives close to the South Downs National Park with her young family.

Ruth Bradshaw, Policy & Research Manager

Ruth has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of policy analysis and influencing roles. Prior to joining Campaign for National Parks in 2012 she was Head of Infrastructure Policy at London Councils and has previously worked for the Countryside Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities. When not working, she can often be found walking or cycling in one of the National Parks.

Laura Williams, Campaigns & Communications Manager

Laura, who joined us in November 2020, has over 10 years' experience in charity and political communications. A trained journalist, she's edited and written for a range of national and regional newspapers, magazines and websites, has presented radio shows and worked on podcasts and video documentaries. When not working for Campaign for National Parks, she heads up communications for Bristol Women's Commission, is a non-executive Director of The Bristol Cable independent media co-operative, freelances as a music journalist and is mum to two young sons.

Anna Bedford, Programmes Manager

Anna joined us in March 2022 and has over 15 years’ experience in the third and public sector with a specialism in nature conservation having completed a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation. With a broad skillset including countryside and project management, finance, fundraising and people management, she previously managed Winkworth Arboretum for the National Trust and Lepe Country Park in the New Forest National Park. Anna has long since supported the work of Campaign for National Parks, having recently completed a term as Trustee at the end of 2021.

Jessica Glover, Development Manager

Our Development Manager Jessica joined us in April 2022. Originally from a digital marketing background, with a degree in English Literature, Jessica was lured into the world of fundraising ten years ago when she was involved in a capital appeal project to build a new library. She now has a varied fundraising experience from youth, education and arts sectors. Committed to opening up the profession to others, she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s East Anglia committee and lives near the Norfolk - Suffolk border with her husband.

Katja Pesari, Partnerships & Engagement Officer

Katja joined Campaign for National Parks in December 2019, before which she had worked in charity administration, most recently in the humanitarian aid and international development fields, for over a decade. Katja is our main contact with individual and corporate supporters and Council members, and she supports the rest of the team with general administration tasks. She is originally from Finland and regularly hikes in National Parks on school holidays.

Nick Hall, Senior Campaigns Officer

Nick joined us in May 2022 to help deliver impactful campaigns and influence Government through engagement with politicians, civil servants and stakeholders and events in Parliament.

To contact our team, please email info@cnp.org.uk

Trustees:

Janette Ward (Chair)

I have been inspired by the natural world since childhood and spent much of my career in senior roles with Natural England and its predecessors, English Nature and the Nature Conservancy Council. I am an environmental scientist by training and spent my early career years involved in the principal research programmes, which led to the banning of pesticides impacting on seabirds and birds of prey. My career has taken me to many different and contrasting parts of the country, applying my wide expertise of the natural environment from strategy, policy, to operational delivery. During this time, I have worked closely with protected landscapes and National Parks, particularly in Eastern England and for eight years as Director for the Southwest Region. I held senior leadership positions for the last 15 years, including developing a successful People & Nature programme, and until retiring was Director for Conservation Strategy and Innovation. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and I currently sit on the Environment Agency, Wessex Flood and Coastal Committee as an independent member for environment and conservation. I am a keen hiker and backpacker and, together with my husband, we have enjoyed walking in many of the UK’s National Parks. I staunchly believe in the principle and purposes of National Parks and the critical role of Campaign for National Parks in standing up for them, and working to secure ‘National Parks for the Future’. I am proud to be a member of the CNP Board and look forward to further shaping our strategic direction and driving forward our essential campaigning work.

Ian Rowat (Vice Chair)

I have worked in the field of countryside management for 46 years. I was Executive Director of the Malvern Hills Conservators 1998–2011. I have held the following posts: Countryside Officer on the Isle of Wight 1986–1998, Offa’s Dyke Officer 1982– 1986, and Glamorgan Heritage Coast Warden 1976–1982. CNP/AGM/11/21 10 of 15 I was an elected member of the National Trust Council 2004–2013. I am currently a Trustee for Campaign for National Parks, voted Vice Chair at the AGM 2020. In a voluntary capacity, I have been a voluntary warden in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a walk leader for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays since 1980 and a Brecon Beacons Park Society member since 2013. I was made a Fellow of the Countryside Management Association and awarded the Worcestershire Wildlife Medal in 2011. I am a keen walker, a qualified Mountain Guide and regular visitor to all National Parks.

Bill Swan (Treasurer)

I was raised in Sussex, within the now National Park where walking and riding on the South Downs was a key part of my childhood. My family and I have spent numerous breaks in the Lake District, enjoying the landscapes and wildlife of the English countryside. Our National Parks are jewels, protecting and enhancing their beauty is vital work and one which is very close to my heart. I have over 25 years’ experience working in the environmental sector and am currently the managing director of BPR Group, an environmental services company with revenues of £17million and 160 staff. We provide organisations with recycling services that make our air, water and earth cleaner and greener. I was non-executive chairman of the not-for-profit recycling business Paper Round 1993–2000 and was a non-executive director of London Community Recycling Network (LCRN) for two years. I am also a former treasurer and trustee of Friends of the Earth for five years. My experience has provided me with ability and resources to help Campaign for National Parks to protect and defend our Parks. I would like to use my expertise in the areas of financial and business management to fulfil the important role of Treasurer for the organisation.

Kate Ashbrook

First and foremost, I am a campaigner who has fought for National Parks for the last 50 years. I am keen to help CNP identify its unique role in championing the Parks for their wilderness and beauty, and as places of refreshment, inspiration, and quiet recreation. The organisation has magnificently stood the test of time and must continue to be outspoken in defence of its beliefs. With its limited resources, CNP must complement, not duplicate, the work of others. I am a former Trustee of CNP (1983–2019) and chairman (2003–09). My paid job is as General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society. I am also a Vice-President and former Chair of the Ramblers, Trustee and former President of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, Member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management, Patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network, and a former member of the Countryside Agency Board.

Sue Beaumont

I worked in cultural relations across the globe and was fortunate to engage with many people who for decades actively and passionately campaigned for the conservation of habitats and wildlife under severe threat. Now that I live in north Wales I can play a more active part myself through various organisations in Snowdonia, and look forward to bringing a local, global perspective as a Trustee to the great work of Campaign for National Parks.

Catherine Broomfield

I am an advocate for the role of native breeds in sustainable grass-based systems of food production and environmental management, having farmed with my family for 17 years on my traditional mixed farm in Devon. The farm has variously been recognised as a Soil Association organic demonstration farm and a Natural England Beacon Farm in recognition of its innovative programme of Educational Access. I am currently researching how farmers and non-farming publics can work together to get better, more sustainable outcomes for farming, nature and society, as part of my PhD studies at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at Exeter University.

Judith Cooke

I live in the Lake District. I was an elected parish representative on the Lake District National Park Authority between 2007 and 2015. During that time, I particularly worked on planning and with volunteers. This included chairing the planning committee for four years. I am now involved as a volunteer/trustee with heritage and housing projects as well as being the Chair of Friends of the Lake District. I have been a civil servant, primarily delivering change (mainly in criminal justice and health systems). This involved both the delivery of complex plans and negotiating agreement to those plans. In addition, I have worked in marketing (both in Government and in the private sector) and in the third sector.

Rosanna MacIver

I have been working in the charity sector in campaigning for the past six years, and volunteering for many years before that. My experience includes supporting young people campaigning in their local communities, to working at a national level to implement policy change. The majority of my campaigning has focused on environmental and conservation issues and I care greatly about protecting the world we live in. I have previously been on the Board for the Canal and River Trust as well as Our Environment Our Future. I have been a great supporter of Campaign for National Parks for many years. I am a keen hiker in my personal time and therefore find the work that this charity does to be essential. I am currently working for the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Susie Rabin

I am a senior public affairs professional with over twenty years’ experience, skilled in developing and implementing public affairs strategies, campaigns, policy development, speech writing, advising senior executives, stakeholder relations management and lobbying, for a wide range of organisations including the WI, Dogs Trust and World Animal Protection. I am currently Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Motor Neurone Disease Association. A native Londoner, I am passionate about access to green spaces, the countryside and our National Parks. I am honoured to be able to continue to bring my experience and expertise to Campaign for National Parks to help us deliver our strategy and campaign successfully.

Richard Stones

I have a successful track record and over 30 years’ expertise as a board director and entrepreneur working globally in corporate management, marketing, CSR, business development strategy and innovating new revenue and funding streams. I currently work as an independent consultant for various development and conservation NGOs and corporate organisations, in particular to progress new income streams, develop innovative opportunities and partnerships, and to evolve strategy. I also act as a researcher in social and environmental sustainable development, including transforming the process of CSR, and engaging communities and the environment as stakeholders. I have a PhD in Geography and an MBA from the University of Exeter. My love of the outdoors is also mirrored in my personal life, with a passion for sailing, trekking and mountain biking and I have summited mountains around the globe. I am a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the Board of CNP in 2016.

Simon Winch

I'm an experienced sustainability professional and non-profit leader. As Environment Lead for John Lewis Partnership I have strategic responsibility for climate change, nature and circular economy at John Lewis and Waitrose. Previous roles include sustainability lead at Virgin Group and CEO of Veganuary. Other charity experience includes three years as sustainability lead for Yorkshire Housing, a social landlord with over 1,000 homes in National Parks, providing me with some insight into the complexities of affordable housing development in protected landscapes, rural fuel poverty and isolation, and natural flood management in upland catchments. I grew up on urban Tyneside and frequently escaped to Northumberland National Park, volunteering on an organic arable and beef farm. This passion for our protected landscapes prompted a degree in environmental science at Newcastle University’s school of agriculture. I’m passionate about the imperative to arrest biodiversity loss in the UK and overseas, and the role of consumers, farmers, retailers and policy makers in facilitating this transition. I’m also a strong advocate for access to our protected spaces by all, regardless of background and financial means.