CRI People

Andrew Hearle, Manager

With over 28 years experience working in the environment sector, Andrew has a keen interest in working at the landscape scale to achieve a high quality environment which works for people as well as for wildlife. Andrew works with the Project Board, numerous public and private organisations, landowners and many others to achieve the CRI's aims and vision.  Contact Andrew on 07792559926.

Julia Jessel, Chair

Julia has wide experience in both the public and private sectors, including serving as an elected member on both Lichfield District and East Staffordshire Borough Council for 15 years each and in working as the chairman of the North Staffordshire Health Authority. Julia is committed to working towards CRI's aims of creating and connecting beautiful places where people can explore and enjoy water, landscape and wildlife.


CRI has a Project Board of organisations who have each contributed towards the cost of a  Manager and which meets quarterly to steer the project. Its members currently are:



Staffordshire Wildlife Trust


The National Forest Company

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Hanson UK


Staffordshire County Council

Tamworth Borough Council

Lichfield District Council

East Staffordshire Borough Council

Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent


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