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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

Ken lives outside the Cotswolds but nevertheless in an historic rural settlement with Conservation area status. He also recognises the necessity for rural areas to carefully develop to protect the historic environment and yet provide fit for purpose services for today's generation.

With these thoughts in mind, he has served on the Grants Sub-Committee for the past two years and welcomes the opportunity to continue in the role.

Councillor, Cherwell District Council on the following organisations:- Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils; Canal and River Trust South East Board, Community First Oxfordshire (formerly ORCE).

Adrian Bell

Adrian Bell
Appointed by Chedworth Parish Council

Adrian is retiring from the Board in Summer 2016.

Jo Burgon

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

Secretary of State appointee from 1st April 2007 to date. Regional Officer and Training Officer posts with the Conservation Volunteers in the 1970s planning and organising conservation tasks and establishing local conservation volunteer groups. Ridgeway National Trail Officer in early 80s, one of the first National Trail Officers. Countryside Management Adviser with the National Trust 1984-2011 with a brief for access and recreation and ranger services. Interest in a wide range of countryside and environmental issues. Enjoys being active outdoors, walking, cycling, sailing, etc. Beekeeping, gardening and travelling around the UK.

Other positions: Chairman of Outdoor Recreation Network, Chairman of Cotswolds LEADER LAG Exec.

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 Director of Policy at National Farmers Union, Stoneleigh. Specialism: Agriculture, environmental land management, landscape protection. Chartered Landscape Architect - landscape management.

Nigel Colston

Nigel Colston

Salford Parish Councillor for 26 years. Elected to West Oxfordshire District Council in 2012. Member of Moreton-in-Marsh Agricultural and Show Society. Arable farmer, beef producer and Trout Fishery owner. Particularly interested in planning issues and future of the Cotswolds landscape.

Diane Crone

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

Diane is a Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire and has lived and worked in Cheltenham for the last 15 years. Her work involves supporting the design, delivery and evaluation of health promoting interventions in primary and secondary health care, and in the community. Much of her work is undertaken with health professionals, local government officers and third sector organisations, and as a consequence has specific application to practice. This work is used regularly in the development of evidence based practice for these organisations. As a consequence of this she has published internationally in the areas of exercise referral scheme evaluation, mental health promotion, and in physical activity pathway intervention evaluations. She has presented at national and international conferences, in both English and Spanish.

Significant highlights include obtaining her PhD in 2002 and Professorship in 2012; co-authored a book published in 2009 Dugdill, L., Crone, D. and Murphy, R. (2009). Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidenced-based Approaches to Practice. London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.....
She spends her spare time on a tennis court (Cheltenham Civil Service Tennis Club Ladies A team), on a bike, both mountain and road, hiking, or travelling, particularly Spain.

Matthew Darby

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

Parish Councillor for Bredon & Bredon’s Norton. Owns and manages the Kemerton Estate in the north-west Cotswolds. Experience in nature conservation, farming and forestry, town planning, landscape history, and the charitable sector.

Current voluntary roles include: National Trust Midlands - Regional Advisory Board (2012-), Natural Environment Strategy Board (2013-2015), Land Outdoors and Nature Board (2015-); Wychavon District Council Rural Advisory Panel (2015-); founder-governor of Kemerton Conservation Trust (1989-); director of (Tewkesbury) Anney Lawn Trust (2012-); trustee of The Iris Darnton Foundation for conservation (2004-); Croome Court Appeal Committee (2009-); secretary, Bredon Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee (2015-); secretary, Bredon Village Design Statement Committee (2010-2011); secretary, Kemerton VDS Committee (2010-11).

Michael Dean

Michael Dean
Appointed by Tewkesbury Borough Council

Mike is currently Mayor of Tewkesbury Council and has been a borough councillor since May 2011. Mike, who previously lived in Yorkshire until 1975, now lives in Stanley Pontlarge with his wife, the Mayoress Anne Dean.

Elizabeth Eyre : Chairman

Elizabeth Eyre
Appointed by Worcestershire County Council

Liz started her career, post her BA Honours York Biological Sciences, with Beecham Research Laboratories then branched out to gain experience in the City. Post Articles she became a senior Lloyds and commercial auditor. She joined Xerox heading up their management accounts/Capital projects area. Working for a range of Blue Chip companies, she has managed projects, worked in presales and sales, IT support uk and overseas, new product development, contracts and set up an IT support Operation in Germany.

Post retirement she stood for elected office. Initially Vice Chair of Resources, she became Cabinet Member for Children and Families in 2002. For 13 years she has served as Cabinet Member with the Children's portfolio: Social Care and Education. In June she took on the role of Vice-Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board. Liz, a partnership member who became a member of the Cotswolds Conservation Board in 2004, was Vice Chairman for 5 years, and is now Chairman. She is a passionate biologist, ecologist and walker.

Other positions: Chairman of the Rural Panel Wychavon, Vice Chairman Ashmolean Museum Broadway, Trustee of the Local Authority Mutual Investment Trust (LAMIT).

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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

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,
 

Ann Holland

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

Ann read Geography and Biology at Liverpool University, taking the first specialist Conservation Course in her final year. Her teaching career included Geography teaching in Cheshire, Liverpool and London , Head of Department and Deputy Headteacher in North London,a Second Deputy Headship in Dorset on the Isle of Purbeck and sixteen years as Principal of The Cotswold School in Bourton on the Water, from 1995 to 31st December 2011.

Under her leadership the school grew from 600 to 1230 pupils, with from 1999 Outstanding Exam Results , which coupled with the impressive ethos and wide ranging extra curricular programme , made the School extremely popular for families in the North and Central Cotswolds. They built over £20 million worth of new buildings, with funding from a variety of sources and had three Outstanding OFSTED reports (2001,2006,2009), the last two with Outstanding across all features.

Since retirement from The Cotswold School , Ann has joined the Cotswold Wardens, walked the Cotswold Way, become a Governor at her two local Primary Schools, joined The Pavilionnaires Jazz Group ,as a founder member, playing keyboard, developed a small Educational Consultancy and volunteered at Hidcote and Chastleton. Her hobbies include singing with The Stour Singers and Church Choir, playing Bridge and learning Italian and Latin.

She lives in Cherington where she enjoys walking.
 

Nick Holliday : Vice-Chairman

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 .

Peter Jones

Peter Jones
Appointed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Appointed from 1 April 2016.

Prior to moving to Cheltenham in 2015 Peter lived in West Oxfordshire for over 25 years.

Peter holds a BSc in Physics and has worked in the technology sector for over 30 years.  Prior to moving to Cheltenham and starting his own technology company Peter spent five years working in California.

Peters' interest include Innovation and how entrepreneurship can flourish in rural areas, Industrial History and Economics.

A keen hiker, Peter tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors either hiking, gardening, playing golf or watching rugby.

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 a research degree in cultural heritage policy and management. She has a deep interest in strategic landscape planning and management, and in the policies and procedures put in place to ensure that our highly valued places are well cared for. In addition to her work for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, she is Vice-Chair of the Cotswold Canals Trust, and a member of the Landscape Institute's Policy and Communications Committee, for whom she chairs a working group on Health and Wellbeing. A keen walker and (slow) endurance runner.

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.

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 a Non-Executive Director, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. 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.
 

Mark MacKenzie-Charrington

Mark MacKenzie-Charrington
Appointed by Cotswold District Council

Mark moved to Gloucestershire in 2000 having lived and worked in London most of his life but was brought up in East Sussex.  Formerly a partner in residential estate agents W.A.Ellis (now part of JLL). Mark retired in 2009 after 34 years, the majority of which time he ran the Development & Investment Department with the work almost exclusively in either a Conservation Area and or dealing with Listed Properties.   In May 2016 Mark was appointed to the Cabinet of the Cotswold District Council - portfolio responsibilities for Development Control, Heritage & Conservation, Cirencester Car Parking Improvements.

Other involvements: Former Council member of the Westminster Property Association; Founding Governor of Finton House School, Tooting SW17; Vice-chairman of Board of Governors to Shiplake Collage, Henley on Thames, Oxon; Vice-chairman of Little Rissington Parish Council, Gloucestershire; Elected as Cotswold District Councillor for The Rissingtons ward in May 2015, serving on the Planning & Licencing Committee.

Will Manley

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

Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2007 - 31st March 2017.  Principal Lecturer at Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. Specialisms: countryside policy and practice, land management, farmland biodiversity and rural recreation. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management, and a Chartered Environmentalist.

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.

Tony Merry

Tony Merry
Appointed by Charlbury Parish Council 

Interested in rural skills, blacksmithing, dry stone walling, cider making. Voluntary Warden, Hon Sec Charlbury Walkers are welcome. Keen interest in local history and listed sites.

Parish Council nominee from Charlbury Town Council. Responsibilities include sluice gate control on Evenlode, verge maintenance, Charlbury Corner House Trustee and Corner House Future sub-committee, Charlbury Day Centre Trustee, representative of Friend of Charlbury Library.

On Executive Committee of the Board for last year.

Other positions held: Councillor Charlbury Town Council, Walkers are Welcome, Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford Diocedsan Guild of Bell ringers.

Mark O'Sullivan

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

Secretary of State appointee: 1 June 2011 - present.  Retired civil servant in Defra and predecessors, and in the Scottish Office. Member of Rural Economy Sector Group, Visitor Economy Sector Group and SME Group in West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Member of Committee of Federation of Bath Residents' Associations. Lately board member of Association of Business Psychologists. Sometime officer of Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland, and of Cambridgeshire County Council. Resident in Bath. Editor of 'The Environmental Impact of the Wreck of the Braer', and 'Engaging School Leaders: a guide to keeping talented Leaders Engaged'; author of 'Britanniae' (novel) and 'What Works at Work'.

Specialisms:  environment, education, management.

Venerable Hedley Ringrose

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

As Archdeacon of Cheltenham from 1998 to 2009 Hedley worked closely with the Gloucestershire Cotswolds communities particularly in the maintenance, restoration, conservation and development of church buildings, both as places of continued prayer and worship, but also as centres of community activity and as attractions for visitors. Prior to that he was Vicar of Cirencester for ten years. Since retiring from full time work he has served as an Acting Archdeacon in the Diocese of Bristol, which covers North Wiltshire and as Interim Archdeacon of Oxford so that he has a reasonable knowledge of the whole area of the Cotswolds AONB. He has also been closely involved in education and is currently a governor of two schools. Now living in Calne, Wiltshire, with his wife, a retired teacher, he enjoys spending time with grandchildren, family and friends. Other interests include gardening, cycling, travel, reading and a small amount of DIY. 

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. 

Martin Veal

Martin Veal
Appointed by Bath and North East Somerset Council

Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council.

Richard Wakeford

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

Richard Wakeford is currently Visiting Professor of Land Use and Sustainable Rural Development at Birmingham City University. His earlier roles include public service as Chair of the OECD Rural Working Party, Head of the Scottish Government's Environment and Rural Affairs Department and Chief Executive of the Countryside Agency.

Resident in Winchcombe, Richard enjoys the countryside from a mountain bike and engages in rural development and land use research. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Trustee at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust.

Simon Wheeler

Simon Wheeler
Appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council

Simon has lived in Cheltenham since 1968 and was elected Mayor in 2014, having been a borough councillor for 12 years. He began his career in catering and then switched to industry when he joined Sapa Profiles and where he remained for 37 years. He is married to Sandra, has two grown-up children and is a keen landscape photographer, walker and member of the Ramblers. 

Penny Williamson

Penny Williamson
Appointed by Hinton Charterhouse Parish Council

Penny runs a rare breeds small holding and AA 5 star-rated holiday rental on the site of a 14th century Cathusian monastery near Bath.

She previously worked in London for 25 years organising events in the UK and abroad, and now enjoys running courses/events here with groups including The Avon Wildlife Trust, Somerset Smallholders Assoc., Historic England and Bath Natural History Society.

Penny is honoured to serve upon the local parish council (Flood Representative and Planning Committee) and the UK Council of the American Museum in Britain.

She is passionate about the delicate balance between preservation of the countryside and sensible change and development, believing strongly in the importance of aesthetic and functional design in utilising urban space and rural land and in the crucial juxtaposition of human habitation and fragile ecologies.

Qualifications: BSc in Geography/Anthropology and a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Membership: Somerset Vernacular Buildings Register, NFU, Bath Preservation Trust, BRISL, RBST, Zwartbles Society, Army & Navy Club, ROH Friends.

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.