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Our Charity

Formed in 1924, we are a registered charity (no.1077645) and a company limited by guarantee (no.3665974) working to support and represent rural communities across the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland and raise awareness issues affecting rural areas.


We offer a range of high quality services to help develop neighbourhood plans, manage community facilities, improve peoples wellbeing and to help grow the rural economy


Through our work we aim to:


  • Improve the wellbeing of people living in rural communities

  • Help to strengthen and grow the rural economy

  • Support communities to run facilities and services in rural areas

  • Help communities to plan and influence development in rural areas

  • Represent and celebrate the achievements of rural people and groups


You can find out more by reading our strategy 'Towards 2020' or our latest Annual Impact Report.

Our Team

Our services are managed and delivered by a team based in Leicestershire. We also employ a small number of volunteers to support our delivery activity.


Our team is led by a two Executive Directors.

Sam Howlett
Sam Howlett

Executive Director

Kevin Butcher

Kevin Butcher

Executive Director

The rest of our team consists of:

Delivery Managers

Responsible for managing our projects and services

Delivery Officers

Working with communities to deliver our projects and services

Associate Consultants

Providing independent specialist knowledge and expertise.

Our Trustees

We are governed by a Board of Trustees drawn from across the community, public, and private sectors including individuals elected by our membership, co-opted by existing trustees, and representatives from local authorities.

Our Members

Our membership is made up of individuals and organisations representing communities across rural areas of Leicestershire and Rutland.


Our members play a vital role in supporting and shaping our work, electing trustees to our Board and ensuring that we effectively represent the needs and priorities of the rural communities we serve.


Membership of the RCC is open to any individual or organisation living or based within Leicestershire or Rutland and costs £60 per year.

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