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Our Charity

Leicestershire and Rutland are predominantly rural counties with most of the population living in small rural market towns, villages and hamlets.


The RCC is the only Leicestershire and Rutland based charity that focusses purely on activity to represent and support rural communities, a unique and valued role which we have held for well over 90 years. We work with people to tackle rural and community issues through community capacity building, community development, public consultation and engagement, awareness raising and confidence building.


The ethos underpinning the work of our charity is clear. By bringing people together and supporting them to deliver locally led solutions to the issues impacting their area we are helping to make rural communities across Leicestershire and Rutland happier, healthier, stronger, and more prosperous places to live and work.


We are a proactive and flexible charity that delivers projects and services to raise the profile of rural and to bring benefits and act as a collective voice for people and places across rural Leicestershire and Rutland.


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 people and organisations from 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 available to any individual or organisation living or based within Leicestershire or Rutland.

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