Our team

Team Campaign for National Parks - our staff:

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 and 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 and Communications Manager

Laura has 10 years' experience in charity and political communications, most recently with the National Trust and House of Commons. A fully-trained journalist, she's written for a range of national and regional newspapers, magazines and websites including the BBC, Telegraph and Independent, has presented radio shows and worked on podcasts and video documentaries. She's served as Trustee on two charity boards and is currently a non-executive Director of a media co-operative in Bristol, where she lives with her young family. When not working or volunteering, Laura enjoys walking and cycling in National Parks and on coastal paths. She joined us in November 2020.

Katja Pesari, Partnerships and Engagement Officer

Katja joined Campaign for National Parks in December 2019 as a Supporter Care and Administrative Assistant after a few years at home, 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.

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

Dedicated Trustees supporting our work:

Janette Ward (Chair)

Inspired by the natural world since childhood, Janette has spent much of her career with Natural England and its predecessors, and is an environmental scientist by training. Working in different and diverse parts of England, she applied her expertise of landscapes and the natural environment, from strategy and policy to operational delivery, during which time she has worked closely with the National Parks, including her eight years as director for South West Region. Janette has held senior leadership positions for the last 15 years and until recently was director of strategy and innovation for Natural England. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and south-west regional chair for CPRE.

Ian Rowat (Vice Chair)

Ian has worked in the field of countryside management for over 40 years. He was executive director of the Malvern Hills Conservators before retiring in 2010. Over the course of his career he has held posts as countryside officer on the Isle of Wight and as Offa’s Dyke officer and Glamorgan Heritage Coast warden. 

Bill Swan (Treasurer)

Bill is managing director of the BPR Group, one of London's leading recycling services business. An accomplished business man and environmental advocate, Bill has over 25 years' experience in the environmental sector as well as being trustee and treasurer of Friends of the Earth since 2014. National Parks are close to Bill's heart, having spent his childhood in the South Downs and holidaying in the Lake District.

Kate Ashbrook

Kate, who lives in Chilterns AONB, has been General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society for 37 years. She also volunteers as Trustee (and former Chair) of The Ramblers, Trustee of the Dartmoor Preservation Society, and patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns network. She has served on our Board for 36 years, six of them as Chair, but took a break, enforced by the articles, in 2019 and is now back since November 2021 AGM. Welcome back, Kate!

Sue Beaumont

Sue moved to North Wales after a career in international cultural relations in the British Council and now lives in Snowdonia National Park. She is also a Trustee of the Snowdonia Society and joined our Board at the November 2021 AGM.  A warm welcome, Sue!

Catherine Broomfield

Catherine has farmed with her family for 17 years in Devon, with the farm recognised by the Soil Association and Natural England for its work in sustainability and access. As well as farming, Catherine’s career spans high-tech engineering, rural enterprise and positions on the boards of a number of farming and rural public organisations. She is currently a member of the Rothamsted Research’s Scientific & Impact Advisory Board, a freelance farming consultant and a food and farming writer.

Judith Cooke

Judith lives in the Lake District National Park. She was an elected parish representative on the Lake District National Park Authority between 2007 and 2015 and is currently the Chair of Friends of the Lake District and a Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.

Rosanna MacIver

Rosie has been working in the charity sector campaigning for the past six years, and volunteering for many years before that. Her experience includes supporting young people campaigning in their local communities, to working at a national level to implement policy change. The majority of Rosie’s campaigning has focused on environmental and conservation issues. She has previously been on the board for the Canal and River Trust as well as Our Environment Our Future.

Susie Rabin

Susie is a senior public affairs professional with over 20 years' experience. She is skilled in developing and implementing public affairs strategies, campaigns, policy devevelopment, speech-writing and stakeholder management and lobbying and has worked for a wide range of organisations, including the Women's Institute, Age Concern and World Society for the Protection of Animals. A native Londoner, she is passionate about acccess to green spaces, the countryside and National Parks.

Richard Stones

Richard is an accomplished senior manager, board director and entrepreneur with over 30 years' global business expertise within the travel and tourism sector. He has significant experience of income generation on an international stage and he now incorporates his passion for conservation as a director of a consultancy that develops resilient strategies for organisations from the public, private and NGO sectors; advancing and communicating sustainable practice and driving innovative, robust income generation, funding and investment.

Simon Winch

Simon has been a senior leader of various small charities, most recently as CEO of campaigning organisation Veganuary. His other charity experience includes as sustainability lead for Yorkshire Housing, a social landlord with over 1,000 homes in National Parks. Currently Simon is the sustainability lead at Virgin Management, which sees him engaging in the current carbon offsetting debate, including its link to the financing of UK ecosystem restoration.

 

Photos: Snowdonia by Ian Humphries and Pembrokeshire Coast by Stephen Drinkwater