Shaun Spiers became executive director of Green Alliance in June 2017. He was chief executive of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 13 years. Previously he led ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliaments Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. Spiers is a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published by Policy Press in March 2018.