Key:
Executive Committee Board Conserving & Managing Sub-Committee Enjoying & Appreciating Sub-Committee Grants Sub-Committee Living & Working Sub-Committee Forestry & Woodlands Working Group Planning Working Group Transport Working Group
                 

 

The Conservation Board is made up of 37 members who all take part in making key decisions that directly affect the Cotswolds AONB.

Members gather at Board, Executive and Sub-Committee meetings across the year and are drawn from three tiers of regional government to ensure that a fair and broad range of views and areas of expertise are reflected.  Of the 37 members, 15 are nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 14 are appointed by government. 

Full details of all our members is provided below along with links to related documents.

Harry Acland

Harry Acland
Appointed by Notgrove Parish Meeting

Chairman of Notgrove Parish Meeting. Specialism: Rural Estate Management, farming & conservation, planning & development.

Ken Atack

Ken Atack
Appointed by Cherwell District Council

Councillor, Cherwell District Council.   Board member of Oxfordshire Rural Community Council and Board Member of Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils. Specialism: All things rural and champion for Cherwell District Council.

Adrian Bell

Adrian Bell
Appointed by Chedworth Parish Council

Parish Councillor for Chedworth.  Specialism: Agricultural marketing & public relations, sustainable agriculture.  Director of Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society, chairman of Guild of Agricultural Journalists, member of Soil Association, Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Hazel Bleaken

Hazel Bleaken
Appointed by Hawkesbury Parish Council

Vice chair of Hawkesbury Parish Council.  Holiday let owner/manager, pest controller.  Specialist knowledge:  Biodiversity and horse riding.

Jo Burgon

Jo Burgon
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee from 1st April 2007 - 31st March 2010; re-appointed until 2013; re-appointed until 31st March 2016  Retired from National Trust 2011, after 27 years, latterly as Head of Access & Recreation.  Specialisms: Countryside Management, Commons, Rights of Way & Access Management.  Patron of National Trust.  Interests: walking, cycling, bee keeping.

Rebecca Charley

Rebecca Charley
Appointed by Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council

Parish Councillor, Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council, farm and countryside adviser. Specialism: farming, cattle. Chair of Ruscombe Valley Action Group.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st April 2008 - 31st March 2014; re-appointed to 31st March 2017 Head of Policy, NFU. Specialism: Agriculture, environmental land management, landscape protection. Chartered Landscape Architect - landscape management.

Nigel Colston

West Oxon District Councillor

Matthew Darby

Matthew Darby
Appointed by Bredon & Bredon's Norton Parish Council

Councillor with Bredon & Bredon’s Norton Parish Council. Farmer and conservationist. Formerly a landscape historian and design consultant with the Landscape Agency. Specialisms: landscape history, farming & forestry, nature conservation, sustainable development. Founder-governor of Kemerton Conservation Trust, Trustee of The Iris Darnton Foundation. Committee member of the National Trust Croome Appeal. Member of Garden History Society, CPRE, National Trust, RSPB, Plantlife, Historic Houses Association.

Michael Dean

Michael Dean

Appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council

Councillor with Tewkesbury Borough Council

Elizabeth Eyre : Vice-chairman

Elizabeth Eyre

Appointed by Worcestershire County Council

Councillor:  Wychavon District and Worcestershire County Council.

Specialisms:  Biology, biodiversity, planning matters, natural history and conservation.  Member of the Cabinet of Worcestershire County Council with responsibility fort Children's Social Care, Youth Matters.

twitter: @eeyre

blog: lizeyreupdate.blogspot.com
 

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray

Retired. District Councillor, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Long Compton ward.

Mollie Groom

Mollie Groom
Appointed by Wiltshire Council

Specialist knowledge or interests: Member of CPRE and National Trust

Membership of/advisory positions with other organisations:

  • Chairman: Studley Grange Liaison Group
  • Member: Viridor Board 

Shelia Gunn

Shelia Gunn
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State Appointee 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2017.

Sheila Gunn MBE was a journalist for more than 20 years and the personal press spokesman for John Major in his last two years as Prime Minister. After ten years in public relations, both in consultancies and in-house, she is now a Visiting Lecturer at various US and UK universities. She also works as a freelance media and political consultant for a homeless charity and an NGO improving communications strategies for presidential and parliamentary candidates abroad.

Penny Hall

Appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council 

Adrian Hardman

Adrian Hardman
Appointed by Wychavon District Council

Adrian Hardman was first elected to Worcestershire County Council in March 2000 and became Leader of the County Council in November 2010.  He was Cabinet Member for Finance from 2001 to present and has represented the County in a series of roles during his public service. 

 

 He lives in rural South Worcestershire on the edge of the Cotswold AONB and before becoming a full time Leader of the County Council had a career which spanned agriculture, the drinks industry and in the last years of his working life, the BBC.  He is particularly interested not only in Finance and Exchange Rates but in also biodiversity and attempting to grow organic vegetables. 

 

Elizabeth Hodges

Elizabeth Hodges
Appointed by Chipping Campden Town Council

Farmer/Agricultural Contractors.Town Councillor, Chipping Campden Town Council. Town Trustee Chipping Campden Town Trust, Vice Chmn Gloucestershire Association of Parish & Town Councils.
Specialism: Food Microbiolist (ret'd), Agriculture ,
Director Cotswold Edge Enterprise Ltd,
Member FeRN-uk,
 

Nick Holliday

Nick Holliday
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st April 2008 - 31st March 2014. Re-appointed until March 2017. Formerly a Director with the Commission for Rural Communities and previously worked as Regional Director for the SW for Countryside Commission and the Countryside Agency. Currently a Secretary of State appointee, and Vice Chairman, to Exmoor National Park Authority. Specialism: Strategy and business planning, change management, countryside conservation, recreation, rural tourism and community engagement and development. Director of the National Association of Aonbs; Trustee of the campaign for National Parks; Trustee of Gloucestershire CPRE and member of Stroud CPRE district committee; Ordinary member of the National Trust and Exmoor Society.

Sue Hope

Sue Hope
Appointed by South Gloucestershire Council

Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council. Spokesperson on Health.  Member of Health & Community Care & Housing Select Committee.  Member of Hawkesbury Parish Council.

Nicholas Hurst

Nicholas Hurst
Appointed by Stroud District Council

Specialist knowledge & interests: archaeology, wide understanding of the historic built environment.

Membership of/advisory positions with other organisations:

  • Chairman of Minchinhampton Parish Council
  • Stroud District Councillor
  • Director Gloucestershire Rural Housing Association 

Dr Val Kirby

Dr Val Kirby
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr Val Kirby lives in Stroud and is a landscape architect and town planner with extensive experience in landscape policy and strategy. She has worked as an academic in England and New Zealand and has a research degree in cultural geography, based on the exploration of cultural and natural heritage. Her voluntary work includes chairing a working group on health and well-being for the Landscape Institute and advising the Cotswold Canals Trust on strategic landscape and planning issues. For several years she was Head of Landscape and Geodiversity at Natural England. She has also worked for the Countryside Agency and for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

George Lambrick

George Lambrick
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State Appointee April 2014. Archaeologist: Oxford Archaeology 1974-1997; Director  Council British Archaeology 1999-2004; Chairman Rollright 1997 - present.  Heritage Consultant; Prehistory of the Thames Valley and flooding; Historic Landscape Characterisation; conserving archaeology in arable; Environmental Assessments (major infrastructure  to housing and strategic; setting of heritage assets; professional training in heritage (especially environmental setting); relationship of wildlife, heritage and landscape.

Richard Lloyd

Richard Lloyd
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2007.  Re-appointed 1st December 2007 - 31st March 2014 .  Retired from Countryside Agency in 2004. Specialism: landscape and biodiversity and rural planning. Member of Royal Town Planning Institute, Honorary Member of the Landscape Institute, Vice Chair of Gloucestershire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and of CPRE  South West.

Ed Macalister-Smith

Ed Macalister-Smith
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State Appointee. From 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2016.  Ed and his wife Rosemary live within the AONB boundary in Long Compton, Warks.

He has recently retired after a career in senior roles in the NHS and in the third sector. His most recent role was as Chief Executive across the NHS covering all of Wiltshire, and Bath & North East Somerset. He continues his interest in the NHS as a leadership coach working with emerging clinical leaders, and has recently become a public elected Governor for the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. He is also a trained community first responder for his village with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Ed is a keen gardener, and is planting an orchard at his home. His original training was in land use with a BSc from Wye College, London University, and an MSc in Forestry from Oxford University.
 

Will Manley

Will Manley
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2007 - 31st March 2014.  Principal Lecturer and Director of Countryside and Rural Economy Research at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Specialisms: countryside policy, land management practice, biodiversity and rural recreation. Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management.

Charles Mathew

Charles Mathew
Appointed by Oxfordshire County Council

A member of Oxfordshire County Council since 2006, where he is currently Deputy Chairman of the Audit & Governance Committee. He is also a member of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

As a qualified accountant, Charles’ career has been based on supporting industry on the UK mainland and in Europe. He has lived in Stanton Harcourt for over thirty years.
 

John Matthews

John Matthews
Appointed by Sherston Parish Council

John Matthews is Chairman of Sherston Parish Council and a Parish representative on the Cotswold Conservation Board. John's background is in farming. They have converted the majority of their buildings into offices and workshops providing some 100 local jobs. He is President of the Wiltshire Branch of the Country Land and Business Association and a Council Member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. He is also a Director of Wiltshire Enterprise, part of the Wiltshire and Swindon LEP, leading on Rural Business with specific input into the Food and Drink Sector and Rural Broadband.
Sherston is a front runner for Wiltshire for a Neighbourhood Plan.

Anthony Merry

Appointed by Charlbury Parish Council 

Mark O'Sullivan

Mark O'Sullivan
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee: 1 June 2011 - 30 May 2014.  Retired Civil Servant; board member of Association of Business Psychologists; member of Action Group of Greenway Lane Area Residents Forum (Bath); member of Committee of Federation of Bath Residents' Associations.  Specialism:  environment, education, management

Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2007.  Re-appointed 1st December 2007 - 31st March 2014; re-appointed until March 2015.  Semi-retired consultant. Specialism: conservation policy, protected areas, international conservation, countryside policy. Trustee National Trust.

Chris Saint

Chris Saint
Appointed by Warwickshire County Council

Councillor, Warwickshire County Council. Chartered Engineer. Member of British Computer Society, Institution of Electrical Engineers.

David Thackray

David Thackray
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dr David Thackray has worked in Heritage Management since joining the National Trust in 1975 until he retired in 2012 as Head of Archaeology. As well as being actively involved with many conservation and heritage organisations, David also chairs the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust in Swindon and is President of the International Council on Museums & Sites UK. His interests include archaeology, landscape management, conservation as well as walking and wildlife.

Secretary of State Appointee April 2014. Worked in Heritage Management since 1975 when David joined the National Trust as its first professional archaeologist. Retired from the Trust in 2012 as Head of Archaeology. 

Carole Topple

Carole Topple
Appointed by Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member with the Portfolio for Housing and Communities. Also a member of the Sustainable Communities Board preparing the new Local Development Framework.
Member of the Gloucestershire Interim Health & Wellbeing Board and the Gloucestershire Safer Stronger Justice Commission Board.
CDC Member on the Leadership Gloucestershire Board.
Member of the Management Committee of the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital and the Lechlade & Fairford Naval Training Core - TS Raleigh.
 

Martin Veal

Martin Veal
Appointed by Bath and North East Somerset Council

Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Richard Wakeford

Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Interests include enjoying the countryside from a mountain bike, rural development, land use, sustainable development.

Positions include Chair of OECD Rural Working Party, Chair of Sustainable Development Research Network, and Board Member of the Countryside & Communities Research Unit.

Revd Jeffrey West : Chairman

Revd Jeffrey West
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2006; re-appointed December 2006 - December 2009; reviewed July 2009 & re-appointed until 31st March 2014; re-appointed until 31st March 2015.  Specialism: architectural and landscape history, social and economic policy and research.  Associate Minister, St Mary's, Banbury; formerly Policy Director, English Heritage.  Served as a non-executive director of the British Urban Regeneration Association 2004-07; currently a trustee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (UK), chair of the Cherwell Faith Forum, vice-chair of the Cherwell Local Strategic Partnership and a member of the Oxford Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches.  Other memberships include the Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings, the Royal Archaeological Institute, the British Archaeological Association, the Garden History Society, the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society and Banbury Civic Society, the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society and Banbury Civic Society.  Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Society of Arts.

Roger Wilson

Roger Wilson
Appointed by Gloucestershire County Council

A member of Gloucestershire County Council for Winchcombe and Woodmancote. A chartered accountant, Roger sits on the Health and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee as well as the Audit and Governance Committee.

Roger has lived in the Cotswolds most of his life and has always had a keen interest in rural affairs, in particular the maintenance of flourishing communities. He has recently been involved in starting a national charity helping to educate children about the countryside. He recently retired from farming sheep on the hills above Winchcombe.