Rural England (CIC)
Graham-Biggs-REGraham Biggs
from South Shropshire
SecretaryGraham is a Chartered Secretary by profession and has been the Chief Executive of the Rural Services Network since its inception. He has over 20 years’ experience in rural service delivery issues having been the Chief Executive of one of the largest and most sparsely populated (former) District Councils in England.
Brian-WilsonBrian Wilson
from Bridport in Dorset
ChairmanBrian is a research professional with twenty years experience of rural community and development issues. He runs a consultancy and writes regularly for RSN online. His earlier career included senior management positions at the Countryside Agency and Commission for Rural Communities.
Jane-Hart-REJane Hart
from Bridestowe in Devon
DirectorJane is a research consultant and Chartered Town Planner. Her earlier career included several senior roles in the Local Authority sector, including Chief Planning Officer at West Devon Borough Council, and her research interests focus on issues affecting rural residents.
David-Inman-RE-WebsiteDavid Inman
from Tavistock in Devon
DirectorDavid is a solicitor involved with the Rural Services Network throughout its development. He was the Policy Director at West Devon Borough Council for 25 years. He was previously with Dorset County Council and the London Borough of Enfield. West Devon takes in Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley so has been working with rural communities for much of his life.
Paul Blacklock
from from Upper Quinton in Warwickshire
DirectorHead of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Calor Gas Ltd
Paul has responsibility for overseeing all aspects of Calor’s reputation, including corporate social responsibility, public affairs, media relations and innovation. Paul is also a Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and the Calor Pension Fund.
Jo-LavisJo Lavis
from Loughborough in Leicestershire
DirectorJo has over 30 years experience delivering rural affordable housing. She headed up rural affordable housing policy at Defra and the Countryside Agency and worked for the Homes and Communities Agency. Since 2008 she has run a consultancy that works with local and national organisations to improve its delivery across the UK.
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image-to-follow-companyBethan Aldridge
from Tavistock in Devon
Assistant to the Directors of Rural England CICFor over 25 years, I have worked in NHS, Local Government and National Parks. Roles have included Human Resources, Training and Development and latterly office management in Social Services, Education and Health. Since 2009, I set up an office management company providing support to local and national businesses. I have worked for Rural England for over 2 years providing office support to the Directors.


Rural England is a registered Community Interest Company (company Number 9023202) and its Registered Company Office is 1 Aldon View, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9EQ.

To view the organisations certificate of Incorporation of a Community Interest Company click here