Liz Eyre elected as Chairman of Cotswolds Conservation Board

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The Cotswolds Conservation Board has elected Liz Eyre as Chairman and Nick Holliday as Vice Chairman at its recent AGM.

The appointments are made as the Conservation Board celebrates its tenth anniversary as the independent organisation set up by Parliament in December 2004 to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and to increase understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities.

Liz has been a member of the Cotswolds Conservation Board since 2004 and has spent the last five years as Vice Chair. A passionate biologist and ecologist, Liz's honours degree at York in Biological Science led to an early career in the pharmaceutical industry, with a particular focus on the farming industry and animal husbandry, working on research in the area of feed supplements. Her subsequent career moves built on additionally acquired finance, IT and management skills leading to an international career with major US and UK companies.

Since early retirement she has enjoyed a position as a Worcestershire County Councillor, serving for 13 years on Worcestershire's Cabinet with strategic responsibility for Children and Families: Education, Skills and the challenging areas of Early Intervention and Social Care.
She and her husband Doug still enjoy combining travel with opportunities to get closer to nature wherever they can.

Liz said: “This is an exciting time to have the honour of being Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The Board – its officers, voluntary wardens and members - are a strong team ready to tackle the tricky challenge of balancing growth plans with conservation and management. There is more we will do to communicate the economic value and worth of the AONB and the Board's work in addition to initiating more projects at the heart of conserving and enjoying this wonderful area.”

Vice Chairman, Nick Holliday has been a Secretary of State appointee to the Board for 6.5 years. Nick has a strong background in countryside management having spent a number of years with Natural England’s predecessors the Countryside Commission, Countryside Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities. Nick is also Vice Chair of Exmoor National Park Authority and has recently become convenor of the Cotswolds Tourism Partnership’s interim board.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, two new publications have been produced to highlight the achievements of the Board and its Sustainable Development Fund over the last decade.

To download these publications, click on the following links:

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PHOTO: From left, Niel Curwen, Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board 2004-2009; Liz Eyre, current Chairman; Jeff West, Chairman, 2009-14

Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. 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.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk. For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk
  • Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens dedicate thousands of hours of practical conservation work every year across the AONB, as well as lead an annual programme of guided walks and undertake a range of promotional and educational work.