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Meet our trustees

Professor Patricia Broadfoot, CBE FAcSS

Chair of the Board

Patricia has been Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire since 2017 and Trustee of national CPRE since 2017. She is an educationist and has spent her career in academia. She is currently Professor Emerita at the University of Bristol, having previously held senior roles there, and was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire. She is currently a Lay Minister in the Church of England and a member of the Bishop’s Council in the Diocese of Gloucester. Recent board roles include being a Governor of the Royal Agricultural University and Vice-Chair of the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Patricia lives near Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire. She is a keen walker and gardener and is passionate about the Gloucestershire countryside.

David Brooke

Vice Chair

David Brooke, now retired, has spent a long career in environmental planning. Following degrees in Geography and in Urban and Regional Planning, he had early posts with local planning authorities before spending ten years working for a National Park. Most of his time, however was with the Countryside Commission and its successor organisations where, latterly, he led the designated landscapes and strategic planning teams. David Brooke is a retired Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Julian Oxley


Born in Gloucester, Julian was an organ scholar at Oxford, then trained as a chartered accountant. For many years Julian was Finance Director of a local public company, then Director-General of a major national disability charity. In partial retirement, he was non-executive Director of an NHS hospital trust, Chairman of an educational charity, and ran a small accountancy practice. Julian is now fully retired.

Colin Evers

A Northerner by birth, Colin has lived in the Forest of Dean for 40 years. Now retired, most of his professional life was spent in the UK electricity generation industry, specialising in environmental technology.

A CPRE member for 25 years, during which he has become increasing involved as a volunteer serving both the Forest of Dean district and Gloucestershire branch. He has a diverse range of interests ranging from societal well-being, to common land law.

Ashley Smith

Ashley has served as a Parish Councillor in Gloucestershire, where he has lived all of his life, since the age of nineteen. Having read Politics and International Relations at university, he is passionate about the importance of local government and charitable projects within our area. He serves both as a Local Authority Governor in his local primary school and as a candidate in the Stroud District Council elections, involving himself in a range of environmental and conservation groups.

Experience as a trustee in other local charities and having worked with CPRE Gloucestershire for over a year has prepared him to take on the role of Trustee. In his spare time, Ashley is a keen debater, having represented the United Kingdom across Europe in competitions and at the European Youth Parliament. Valuing the sense of place provided by the countryside and community he grew up in, he cherishes Gloucestershire’s landscape and wants to help to build vibrant rural communities to live and work in.

David Crofts

David Crofts is a recently retired chartered town planner who started his career in local government before moving to corporate consultancy in 1998. In 2012 he set up his own sole practice, Estcourt Planning. In that role he represented the Gloucestershire Branch at many planning inquiries and hearings, drafted objections to proposals the Branch considered particularly important (including a solar farm on the Awre peninsula, an anaerobic digestion plant at Fiddington and the relocation of Forest Green Rovers Football Club), and contributed to the Branch’s representations on the Joint Core Strategy.

David has lived in Gloucestershire since 1978 and as a regular walker is very familiar with its varied landscapes. He is an active member of the National Trust and has given much practical help to the maintenance and improvement of its rural estate across England and Wales. He has continued his membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is now keen to apply his skills and experience to the work of CPRE Gloucestershire in a new role as a Trustee.

Miranda Chalk

Miranda Chalk has over 35 years of management experience in the private, public and charity sectors, and in a variety of business development roles. ‘I began my career with 10 years at Marks and Spencer, first in store management and then moving to roles in marketing and business development. Since then, I have worked in a range of organisations, differing enormously in size and type.

I set up and led a Cabinet Office sponsored organisation to bring together senior people from business and the civil service; joined a small, national charity to help build its profile and income streams; and worked as a consultant alongside organisations large and small.

I now work at the University of Oxford; here I have a stewardship role for the most significant donors to the University who are spread worldwide and have interests from environment, to health, to AI. I have also been a trustee, for the Zurich Community Trust, part of the Zurich Group (2014-17); and I currently take an informal, but close interest in the domiciliary care business my husband runs in Gloucestershire, where we have lived for 26 years.

Throughout it all, I have found that there are similarities in the challenges for each organisation, whatever their size. And learned that working as part of a team to tackle those challenges is what I enjoy’.

Steve Smith

Steve started his career in agricultural research after gaining a degree in Agricultural Botany from Reading University.  He then moved into the pharmaceutical industry and spent the rest of his career in drug development. Whilst living in Switzerland and working for Swiss pharmaceutical company, Sandoz (now Novartis), he completed an MBA.  Following his return to the UK in 1996 he set up and ran businesses supporting biotechnology and small pharmaceutical companies involved in developing new therapies.

Over the last 10 years Steve has been involved and is still involved in a number of charities as a Trustee including a charity he set-up with his late wife (Changing Futures) that supports educational projects in Swaziland.  Last year following retirement he moved to The Cotswolds from Goring-on-Thames.