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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.
- Map of Board Member locations
- Cotswolds Conservation Board Constitution
- Parish Council appointees
- Job description for members
- Members' Allowances Scheme
- Board Members' interests
Chairman of Notgrove Parish Meeting. Specialism: Rural Estate Management, farming & conservation, planning & development.
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.
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.
Chair, Asthal Parish Council. Specialism: landscape, history, nature, rare plant conservation, walking. Member of the Wychwood Project Management Board/Chairman of the Friends of Wychwood, West Oxfordshire 'Leader' and Steering Group, Rural Craft Network, local Wildlife Trust, local history groups, Trustee of village hall, West Oxfordshire Field Club, Cotswolds Rare Plants Group, Plantlife International, Garden Organic.
Vice chair of Hawkesbury Parish Council. Holiday let owner/manager, pest controller. Specialist knowledge: Biodiversity and horse riding.
Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2007; re-appointed December 2007 - 31 March 2014. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Real Estate and Construction, Oxford Brooks University. Specialism: rural and knowledge-based economies; interests include trekking, sailing, architecture. Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Society of Property Researchers, European Real Estate Society, the Country Land and Business Association.
Secretary of State appointee from 1st April 2007 - 31st March 2010; re-appointed until 2013. 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.
Parish Councillor, Whiteshill and Ruscombe Parish Council, farm and countryside adviser. Specialism: farming, cattle. Chair of Ruscombe Valley Action Group.
Secretary of State appointee 1st April 2008 - 31st March 2014. Head of Policy, NFU. Specialism: Agriculture, environmental land management, landscape protection. Chartered Landscape Architect - landscape management.
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.
Councillor with Tewkesbury Borough 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.
Retired. District Councillor, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Long Compton ward.
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
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.
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,
Secretary of State appointee 1st April 2008 - 31st March 2014. 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 to Exmoor National Park Authority. Specialism: Strategy and business planning, change management, countryside conservation, recreation, rural tourism and community engagement and development. Ordinary member of the National Trust, CPRE and Exmoor Society. Member of Stroud CPRE..
Councillor, South Gloucestershire Council. Spokesperson on Health. Member of Health & Community Care & Housing Select Committee. Member of Hawkesbury Parish Council.
Councillor, West Oxfordshire District Council. Specialism: conservation of the built and natural environment, strategic planning, development control. Deputy Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, Cabinet Member responsible for planning and conservation.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Specialist knowledge and interests include planning, research and statistics.
Trustee with GAVCA.
Member of Gloucestershire Police & Crime Panel
Member of National Trust
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
Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2007. Re-appointed 1st December 2007 - 31st March 2014. Semi-retired consultant. Specialism: conservation policy, protected areas, international conservation, countryside policy. Trustee National Trust.
Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2006; re-appointed 1st December 2006 - 1st December 2009 & for a further 3 years until March 2013. Solicitor. Specialism: local voernment, social enterprises and housing at Winkworth Sherwood. Former local authority elected member and housing association chair. Chair, Friends of the Cotswolds. Appointed CEB in 1991 for local government services in London.
Councillor, Warwickshire County Council. Chartered Engineer. Member of British Computer Society, Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Secretary of State appointee 1st December 2004 - 1st December 2006; re-appointed 1st December 2006 - 1st December 2009; reappointed from 1st December 2009 - 31st March 2013. Designer and company director of private business meetings service. Specialism: transport/traffic, rural home zones, branding of the AONB. Member of Rail Passengers Committee, Freight Quality Partnership, Transport 2000, South West Transport Activists’ Roundtable.
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.
Councillor, Bath & North East Somerset Council
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.
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. 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.