Two new faces at the Cotswolds Conservation Board

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The Cotswolds Conservation Board, which is the organisation responsible for looking after the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has appointed two new members of staff to its Northleach-based office.

Former North Wessex Downs AONB planner, Andrew Lord, has joined the Conservation Board as Planning and Landscape Officer; and Raphael Koenig joins from Grant Thornton as its new Finance and Administration Officer.

Andrew was previously employed as the Planning Advisor for the North Wessex Downs AONB and remains as the current Chairman of the South East and East Protected Landscapes Planning Officer’s Group. He has previously been employed in both private practice and in local authorities and has 25 years’ experience as a Town Planner.

Andrew's work on behalf of the Board includes responding to planning applications and appeals, making representations to Local and Neighbourhood Plans, national consultations and preparing position statements. He will also be leading the review of the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan in due course. In his spare time he enjoys walking with his wife and two children and is a keen skier.

Raphael has spent the last two years as an auditor with Grant Thornton, where he specialised in public sector audits mainly for the NHS and local government. His main areas of expertise are the preparation of financial statements and corporate governance. Prior to his time with Grant Thornton, Raphael was employed by the Audit Commission for 3 years while completing his professional accountancy qualifications.

Raphael’s work will be focused on the day to day financial management and administration of the Board’s committees plus overall management of the Board’s offices at the Old Prison. Raph lives near Stroud with his wife and two children, and enjoys climbing and travelling.

Director for the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Martin Lane said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew and Raphael to our team. Between them they bring a wealth of expertise and experience, and are well-placed to help develop and shape the future of our work in both planning and financial management.”


PHOTO ATTACHED: New recruits to the Cotswolds Conservation Board: Andrew Lord (left) with Raphael Koenig.

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.
  • 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:
  • 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.