Secretary of State Appointment to Cotswolds Conservation Board

A new Board member is being sought for appointment to the Cotswolds Conservation Board by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

 The new appointee will have the opportunity to work with other members to help steer and champion the management of the Board so that it delivers its core duties and benefits across the local communities of the Cotswolds AONB.

The Board consists of 37 members, 15 of whom are nominated by local councils, eight by parish councils and 14 are appointed by the Secretary of State. Defra is looking to recruit a new Secretary of State appointmee which has a national, as well as a local role.

The duties of the Board member include championing the Conservation Board as an effective mechanism for promoting conservation of the area’s natural beauty, increasing public understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities, and maintaining the social and economic well being of local communities.

During the past year, the Board made a number of significant achievements in the execution of its duties. Among these, it secured £400,000 worth of funding from National Grid towards the reinstatement of dry-stone walls following the construction of the Wormington to Sapperton gas pipeline. In November, the Board received national recognition for its strategic landscape planning by receiving a ‘Highly Commended’ award at the 2010 Landscape Institute Awards. In July, the new discovery centre for the AONB, ‘Escape to the Cotswolds’, opened in Northleach, making an important contribution to increasing the understanding and awareness of the AONB as well as the work of the Board.

The closing dates for receipt of applications is Monday 14th February. Further details and an application pack are available on the Defra website:


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details:

Press contact: Nicola Greaves
Tel: 01451 862003 Email:

Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
Tel: 01451 862000 Website: