New appointments to Cotswolds Conservation Board

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Three new appointments to the Cotswolds Conservation Board have been confirmed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Natural Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Secretary of State appoints members to work alongside Local Authority and Parish appointees on the Conservation Board, which has strategic responsibility for conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with increasing the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB.

Sheila Gunn MBE from Chedworth 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.

Dr David Thackray from Minchinhampton 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.

George Lambrick from Oxford is a heritage consultant and has been Chairman of the Rolliright Trust since 1997. Prior to this he was with Oxford Archaeology and subsequently was a Director for the Council for British Archaeology. George has an extensive background and knowledge of historic landscapes, environmental assessments plus the relationship between wildlife heritage and landscape.

The new appointees will help steer and champion the Conservation Board in its management of the AONB and enhancement of the social and economic well-being of local communities.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: