New appointments to Cotswolds Conservation Board

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, and one new appointment confirmed by Cheltenham Borough Council.

Diane Crone has lived in Cheltenham for 15 years and is a Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Gloucestershire, having achieved a PhD in 2002 and Professorship in 2012. Her work involves supporting the design, delivery and evaluation of health promotion programmes in primary and secondary health care, and in the community. This work is used regularly by health professionals, local government and third sector organisations. As a consequence of this Diane has published internationally and has presented at national and international conferences, in both English and Spanish. In her spare time Diane plays tennis and enjoys cycling, hiking and travelling.


Ann Holland has a strong background in education including posts as Deputy Head Teacher in London and Dorset. More recently, Ann spent sixteen years as Principal of the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water where, under her leadership the school grew from 600 to 1230 pupils and received outstanding OFSTED reports. Since Ann retired from her Principal post, she has become a Cotswold Voluntary Warden, walked the Cotswold Way National Trail, become a Governor at two local Primary Schools and joined The Pavilionnaires Jazz Group as a founder member where she plays keyboard.


As Archdeacon of Cheltenham from 1998 to 2009 Venerable Hedley Ringrose worked on the conservation and development of church buildings, both as places of worship, but also as centres of community activity and visitor attractions. Since retiring he has served as Acting Archdeacon in the Diocese of Bristol which covers North Wiltshire, and as Interim Archdeacon of Oxford. 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 family and friends, as well as gardening, cycling, travel and DIY.

Simon Wheeler is Cheltenham Borough Council’s new appointee to the Conservation Board. Simon has lived in Cheltenham since 1968 and was elected Mayor last year, 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.


Chairman Liz Eyre commented on the new appointments:

“I am delighted to welcome our four new members to the Conservation Board. Together they bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and considerable skills that will strengthen our expertise in many areas including health and well-being and education.”

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is the independent organisation with responsibility for the conservation and enhancement of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and encourages wider enjoyment and appreciation of this very special and internationally important landscape.

The Secretary of State, local authorities and parish councils appoint a total of 37 members to the Board to provide strategic guidance to the management of the Cotswolds AONB. Members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and bring a range of experiences and strengths to the Board, from expertise in health and well-being to conservation and land management.


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.