Board Members

The Cotswolds 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. 3 members appointed by government are currently vacant.

Jo Barker

Appointed by Warwickshire County Council

Jo is a mum, a politician, carer and full-time business woman. She is the 5th generation to manage their ever evolving business – from farming, to haulage of coal, to property today – moving with the times and adapting as rural life changes. She has a professional interest in geomorphology and climate change, having studied for a PhD in these fields. Memberships / Advisory Positions: Warwickshire Country Council, Stratford District Council, F.R.G.S.

David Broad

Appointed by Parish Council Group 4

Lived in Chedworth since 1956. Educated at St Andrew’s School Chedworth, Bourton Vale and Westwoods Grammar School Northleach. Worked in Northleach and Chedworth. Trained as motor mechanic and auto electrician. Worked as courier throughout the Cotswolds. Member of Chedworth Parish Council since 1991. Honorary Alderman Cotswold District Council. Chairman of Chedworth Village Hall Committee. Member of Chedworth Silver Band since 1967, Conductor since 1995. Writes for local newspapers. Arranges and publishes music. Interests include photography, recording rural life, railway preservation, motorcycles. Committees and Groups:  Executive Committee; Planning & Infrastructure Working Group

Nicholas Bumford

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

Nicholas has been farming for over 40 years, and been a farm manager for 30 years. He is currently Director of Guiting Manor Farms. Nick has had a voluntary role hosting educational visits at Guiting Manor Farms for 25 years, the farm has been a LEAF Demonstration Farm for five years,  providing education for land based colleges, schools and public groups. Nick has held Vice-Chairman and Chairman roles at the Arable Research Centre, Cirencester Technical Committee; the Gloucestershire Executive Committee of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group; the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire National Farmers’ Union; the Cotswold Sheep Group; the Parish Council, and the Cotswold Arable Study Group. Nick is a qualified Crop and Fertiliser Advisor, and has a wealth of experience in farming (sheep, arable, cattle), as well as woodland, conservation, and landscape management. Committees and Groups: Glorious Cotswolds Grasslands Working Group

Phillip Chapman

Appointed by Cherwell District Council

Phil has lived in North Oxfordshire for thirty years. He was elected to Cherwell district council May 2018. Phil graduated from UMIST in Management Sciences, joined Unilever and has spent his career in International Marketing, mostly in Food, including Lipton Tea. He and his family spent several spells abroad. Phil loves living in the countryside and walks most days.

Brendan Costelloe

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

Brendan started his career working as a planner at Cheltenham Borough Council. After completing an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College, he joined the RSPB as a Senior Policy Officer. Following a spell at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, he is now the Policy Manager for the British Ecological Society. Brendan was lucky to grow up near the beautiful Linover Wood in the Cotswolds, and in his spare time he loves to get back to the fresh air of the Cotswolds, watch Cheltenham Town and go running, and recently did a hot, sandy and painful marathon in Malawi!

Paul Crossley

Appointed by Bath & North East Somerset Council

Paul has been a Councillor on Bath City Council from 1988 to 2006 and B&NES from 1999 to present.

From May 2003 to May 2007 and May 2011 to May 2015 he was the Leader of the Council.

From May 1999 to May 2003 and from May 2007 to May 2011 Paul served on the Council Planning and Development Committee.

From May 2019 to present he has been on the Council Cabinet covering Parks, Leisure, Heritage and Tourism.

Paul has experience of delivering and developing strategic agendas, of community consultation and engagement, developing planning policy and deciding on individual planning applications.

Paul’s areas of interest are the environment, climate emergency and planning policy.

Matthew Darby

Appointed by Parish Council Group 8

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 and recent voluntary roles include: National Trust (Midlands) Regional Advisory Board (2012-), Land Outdoors and Nature Board (2015-); trustee of the Howick Arboretum (2018); founder-governor of Kemerton Conservation Trust (1989-); director of (Tewkesbury) Abbey Lawn Trust (2012-); trustee of The Iris Darnton Foundation (2004-); Secretary, Bredon Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee (2015-17); Read more about Matthew at Linked In Committees and Groups: Planning & Infrastructure Working Group

Amanda Davis

Appointed by Parish Council Group 3

Amanda is an Economist, secondary Maths Teacher and Project Manager.  She has managed NHS services, taught secondary Maths at a rural boarding school with a Farm.  Her experience has been based largely in rural villages in Northumberland & in the Cotswolds. Until recently, Amanda lived on Hadrians Wall, Northumberland National Park. Now in Bourton-on-the-Water, Amanda is Parish Councillor, on Steering Groups for Bourton Health Connect including Dementia Friendly Bourton, has run an Airbnb and works in walking holidays hospitality.  She chairs her local Residents Association and is Active Member for Midcounties Co-operative.  She competes in Dragonboat Paddling internationally.

Elizabeth Eyre : Chairman

Appointed by Worcestershire County Council

Liz, BA Hons York, Biological Sciences, started her career with Beecham Research Laboratories. She then gained experience in the City. Post Articles she became a senior Lloyds insurances and commercial auditor. She joined Xerox heading up their management accounts/capital projects section. Working for a range of Blue Chip companies, she has managed projects, worked in presales and sales, new product development, headed up a contract departments and IT support operations both in the UK and Germany. Post retirement she stood for elected office as a County Councillor in Worcestershire. Initially Vice-Chairman of Resources, she became Cabinet Member for Children and Families in 2002. For 13 years she served as Cabinet Member with the Children’s portfolio: Social Care and Education. She has also served as Vice-Chairman of Worcestershire’s Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board. She received her BEM for services to the public in 2016. Liz, a previous partnership member joined the Cotswolds Conservation Board in 2004. She was its Vice-Chairman for 5 years, and is now Chairman. She is a passionate biologist, ecologist and walker. Other positions: Member of the Rural Panel Wychavon, Vice chairman of Scrutiny Worcestershire County Council, Vice Chairman Broadway Museum and Art Gallery, Trustee of the Local Authority Mutual Investment Trust (LAMIT), Trustee Thomas Hodges Foundation twitter: @eeyre Read more about Liz at Linked In Committees and Groups: Executive Committee (Chairman); A417 Missing Link Working Group; Cotswolds Discovery Centre Partnership Board

Jacqueline Fenn

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

Jacqueline trained as a lawyer but has had a varied career history, including working as a Company Secretary for a pub company, dealing mainly with securitisations and corporate governance for many years. More recently, she has managed a property estate for a minerals company and worked in planning obtaining consents for major infrastructure projects managing large and diverse teams dealing with environmental assessment and planning. Jacqueline has lived in the country side all her life and has a strong interest in how the countryside is responding to development and the effects of Brexit.

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

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.

Steve Harvey

Appointed by Cheltenham Borough Council

 

Graham Hopkins

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

Graham is a Chartered Engineer with a career spanning forty years. His last corporate role was as Safety, Technical and Engineering Director for Network Rail, and as part of that, he chaired the Rail Industry Technical Leadership Group. Before that, Graham spent many years with Rolls-Royce plc, including as Director of Engineering and Technology for Defence Engines, and as EVP of Engineering and Technology for Aerospace Component Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the RSA. Graham and his wife have lived in the Cotswolds for over fifteen years, in a small village about 1000 feet above sea level. He has a strong affinity for this area, its landscape, its communities and its beauty. With the skills he has developed over the years coupled with his passion for the environment and how we adapt to climate change, Graham looks forward to making a contribution to the valuable work of the AONB.

Norman Kay

Appointed by Stroud District Council

Having lived in the AONB for some forty years, we ran a small holding with sheep, goats, store cattle and pigs, plus some hens.  Our speciality has been Cotswold sheep, and we have won many of their trophies at one time or another.  We stopped showing in the early part of this century and are winding down, with just some Cotswolds and also Llanwenog sheep. I managed social care and child protection social work teams in this region, and have been a Stroud District Councillor on and off for thirty five years, holding a number of chairs and twice Chair of Council.  Locally I was mayor of Nailsworth for a three year term. Locally I serve on the committee of our community run village shop and am a member of the town’s Youth Club management committee.  I’m a keen member of our climate action group.  In our spare time we enjoy attending Cheltenham races as annual members and have small shares in five racehorses.

David Kerr

Appointed by Parish Council Group 6

I am a chartered civil engineer. Since retirement from full time employment I have worked as an independent consultant, mainly on renewable energy projects. I have lived in the Cotswolds AONB for the past 10 years.  I am a Parish Councillor in Nettleton Parish and have been Chairman for the last 4 years.  I have taken a particular interest in planning matters and in flooding issues. I am a Cotswold Voluntary Footpath Warden for Nettleton Parish which is a large Parish with over 50 public footpaths and bridleways. My leisure pursuits include walking and gardening. Other positions held: Nettleton Parish Councillor (North Wiltshire) & currently Chairman, Cotswold Voluntary Footpath Warden for Nettleton Parish. Committees and Groups: Walking & Exploring Capital Working Group; External Funding Working Group; A417 Missing Link Working Group

Garry King

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

Garry has worked in countryside and environmental work for nearly 30 years in the public, private and charitable sectors. Living with his family in rural Wiltshire, he has been involved with AONBs and National Parks for over 17 years, including previously with the Cotswolds AONB as both a Partnership and Conservation Board. He currently works as a planner in local government, having previously worked as an ecologist and land manager, and has interests in protected landscapes, green infrastructure and biodiversity. In his spare time, Garry contributes to the work of various professional organisations and environmental charities and has previously been involved in helping to establish two AONB charitable bodies and has administered an AONB Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) scheme as a volunteer. Read more about Garry at: Linked in Committees and Groups: Planning & Infrastructure Working Group

Simon King

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

Simon has over 30 years’ experience of practical agriculture, education and training as Director of Business Development at the Royal Agricultural University. Simon is an experienced project manager with Institution responsibility for business and community support, in particular management and quality control of capital projects and new strategic developments. Experience also includes leading change and reorganisation within the University sector with a focus on income generation and enterprise.

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. Committees and Groups: Executive Committee; A417 Missing Link Working Group

Cate Le Grice-Mack

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

Cate started her working career teaching geography and humanities, economics and maths in Cambridgeshire and London. In 1985 she established Norwood Rare Breeds Survival Trust-approved Rare Breeds Centre breeding a variety of native British breeds, producing meat, cereals and visitor interest on 340 acres. All produce was sold to local customers through the farm shop and farmers’ markets. She introduced renewable energy systems (wind and solar) to power the farm’s butchery and shop. Cate has served as a Somerset District and County councillor, with particular interests in sustainable development, environment and transport, rural “value added” supply chains and employment. She was involved in the early establishment of farmers markets in Bath and Somerset. She was appointed to the board of the Countryside Agency on its establishment in 1999, and served as an environmental partner on the South West Regional Assembly (2000-2009), elected by the environmental NGOs. She retired from active farming in 2007, but remains a judge for the Portland Sheep Breeders Society. Other positions held: CPRE National Policy committee; Chair of Norton Radstock Regeneration Co. Committees and Groups: Executive Committee; Cotswolds LEADER Executive Group;  Cotswolds Discovery Centre Partnership Board

Ed Macalister-Smith

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

Ed and his wife Rosemary live within the AONB boundary in Long Compton, Warks. He is keen to promote healthy communities, and sees opportunities for that through the AONB and through the extensive local walking networks. Ed has retired after a career in senior roles in the NHS and in the third sector, covering Oxford, Wiltshire, and Bath & North East Somerset. He continues his interest in the NHS as a Non-Executive Director at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and with the National Institute for Health Research.  He also trained as a community first responder for his village with West Midlands Ambulance Service.  Ed is an occasional voluntary Cotswold Warden. Ed is a keen gardener, and has planted 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. Read more about Ed at Linked in Committees and Groups: Executive Committee; Planning and Infrastructure Working Group; Walking & Exploring Capital Working Group

Charles Mathew

Appointed by Oxfordshire County Council

A member of Oxfordshire County Council since 2006, where 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 and has a lifelong interest in the country and matters archaeological. Committees and Groups:  Executive Committee

John Matthews

Appointed by Parish Council Group 5

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. Committees and Groups: Cotswolds LEADER Executive Group

Brendan McCarthy : Vice Chairman

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

Following three years at the Royal Agricultural College, Brendan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and Agricultural Valuer, and spent the majority of his career at the National Trust, including some 14 years as a Regional Director, covering two regions, with Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds at their heart. Until recently, he was the Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College in London, where he also chaired the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and was a non-executive director of the Destination Management Company.  He’s currently a Trustee of the National Trust Pension Fund. Over the years he has also been involved in helping to develop conservation policies in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Bermuda. Read more about Brendan at Linked in Committee and Groups: Executive Committee (Vice Chairman); Walking & Exploring Capital Working Group

Tony Merry

Appointed by Parish Council Group 2

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. Other positions held: Councillor Charlbury Town Council, Walkers are Welcome, Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford Diocedsan Guild of Bell ringers. Committees and Groups: Executive Committee;  Walking & Exploring Capital Working Group

Dominic Morris

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

Dom is a 4th Generation farmer from Quenington near Cirencester. Starting out as a pilot in the RAF, he broke his back in flying training. Whilst recovering, Dom led Prince’s Trust teams across the Cotswolds getting disadvantaged young people back into work. Retraining as a Political Officer, he was awarded medals for service on Afghanistan’s frontline and has worked on and in Pakistan, Syria, Nigeria and the Hurricane Irma response in the Caribbean. He continues his passion for getting youngsters back into work in his Public Appointment for the DWP where he was the Wales Member. Dom is a passionate campaigner for preserving our farming and our magnificent way of life in the Cotswolds. He has led campaigns on reducing rural crime and appropriate development across Gloucestershire.

Shaun Parsons

Appointed by Gloucestershire County Council

Ben Stokes

Appointed by South Gloucestershire Council

With family roots in the Southern Cotswolds, I spent the majority of my free childhood hours at my mother’s livery yard, a wonderful community hub where hundreds of people learnt to ride and appreciate our glorious Cotswolds countryside. After a career as an Army Officer and then HR Consultant,  I returned to the Cotswolds to run a small rural business and work in the 3rd sector. I managed a church community centre and the Vassal Centre Trust – a barrier free access facility for businesses catering for people with disabilities. Many years on the Dyrham Parish Council and chairing the Old School / Hall Trust committee have led to a further 8 years as councillor for Boyd Valley at South Gloucestershire Council. There I am the Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health. I live with my wife, our daughter, 4 horses and a menagerie of chickens on our property near Dyrham Park. I have been a member of the Countryside Alliance since its founding and have a keen interest in all countryside traditions, gardening and sustainable land management.

Daniel Szor

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

Daniel is the founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery, the first-ever full-scale distillery within the Cotswolds AONB, and the creator of premium spirits such as Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. Daniel was born in New York and lived in Paris and London during a 30-year career in the financial markets before moving full-time to the Cotswolds to become a distiller. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in the USA, as has attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD in France. The main focus of Daniel’s career has been in sales and marketing. Given his experience in creating a “destination distillery” which now ranks as the #1 attraction in the Cotswolds, he has a keen interest in the creation and promotion of sustainable high-value tourism in the Cotswolds and in creating durable local employment. Other positions held: Member of Worshipful Company of Distillers and sits on the board of the Gin Guild. Read more about Daniel at: Linked in Committees and Groups: External Funding Working Group

David Thackray

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

Dr David Thackray has worked in Archaeology and Heritage Management since joining the National Trust in 1975. He retired in 2012 as its Head of Archaeology. He has particular interests in building and landscape conservation. David is a member of ICOMOS and was President of ICOMOS UK and Chair of its World Heritage Committee. He is also a member of Europa Nostra and a committee member of Europa Nostra UK. David is a member of the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and a Council member of the Church Building Council. David also chairs the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust in Swindon, where he is Vice Chair of the Swindon Heritage Board, a board member of the Mechanics Institution Trust and a member of the Swindon Health Hydro working group. He lives in Minchinhampton, where he is member of the Market House Management Committee. David is a member of the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Canal and chairs the CoPSN Archives Charity; in this role he has been actively involved in the successful HLF bid for the Stroudwater canal (“Stroudwater Connected”). In addition, David is a Council member, Lecture Secretary and Research and Publication committee member of the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club. His interests include archaeology, local history, landscape management, conservation as well as art, music, 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. Read more about David at Linked in Committees and Groups: External Funding Working Group; Cotswolds Discovery Centre Partnership Board

Clive Webster

Appointed by Cotswold District Council

Clive grew up in Moreton-in-Marsh, attending St David’s and Campden schools before reading philosophy at King’s College London. He worked on a range of leading technology publications and websites for Dennis Publishing from 2004, before going freelance and moving back to Moreton in 2014 to support family and see more trees and stars. Clive secured planning permission for a straw bale eco-cottage in 2017 on the last piece of the old family farm. He was elected to Cotswold District Council on May 2nd 2019, becoming the Cabinet Member for Development Management, Landscape and Heritage. You can contact him at clive.webster@cotswold.gov.uk

Sarah Whalley-Hoggins

Appointed by Stratford on Avon District Council