Meet the team

Mary Booth

Brought up in Cheshire, Mary obtained a degree in Modern Languages at the University of London and then spent three years working in Sydney, Australia with her husband Richard. She has three daughters and five grand-children, and has lived in Gnosall since 1974. She has a Certificate (HE) in Local Council Administration and an MSc in Local Economic Regeneration. Mary has been chairman of CPRE Staffordshire since 2018, having previously served for several years as vice-chairman. She is also a parish councillor in Gnosall.

Steve Hopkins

Born and brought up in South London, Steve read Geography at Cambridge and took an MA in Environmental Planning at Nottingham University. He then worked on a project at the then Oxford Polytechnic comparing local planning practice in England and the Netherlands, before starting a career in local government. He held corporate management posts at South Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council, the London Borough of Croydon and Norfolk County Council, before joining Staffordshire County Council in 1991, where he held a number of positions in the Chief Executive’s Office, culminating as Head of External Relations. Since retiring in 2010, Steve has been keen to maintain his interests in rural matters and the voluntary sector. He was the Chairman of the former Community Council of Staffordshire, and am Chair of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Voluntary Sector Forum and a Trustee of Beaudesert Trust, an outdoor activity centre on Cannock Chase.

Steve and his wife and have lived Gnosall for over 20 years. They have two grown-up children and three grandchildren. Steve is an Honorary Steward at Twickenham, and a Vice-President of Newport (Salop) Rugby Club.

Anne Clendon
Vice-Chair and Trustee

A resident of Great Haywood, Anne received the British Empire Medal in 2013 for services to her community. Anne served on Colwich Parish Council for more than 20 years, including seven as chairwoman. She is also on the Best Kept Village committee.

Sue Kneill-Boxley
Office and Publicity Manager

A keen runner with a background in the IT sector. Sue has worked for CPRE Staffordshire since May 2015. Born in Southport in Lancashire, she now lives in Stafford, where she lives with her husband and teenage daughter.

Sarah Burgess
Office Assistant

Sarah joined CPRE Staffordshire as a part-time office assistant in September 2017, having previously been at home for several years looking after her two children and working part-time as an academic proofreader. She has a BSc in ecology from the University of East Anglia, and an MSc from Imperial College London. She previously worked as an editorial assistant and reporter for a specialist science policy newspaper, and as the coordinator of an academic research network into air pollution. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, open water swimming at Chasewater and taking her reluctant children and enthusiastic dog on walks on Cannock Chase.

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