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.

Richard Lloyd, MBE

Vice Chair

Richard had a long career with the Countryside Commission and Countryside Agency (now Natural England) where he was involved primarily in rural policy, notably in relation to National Parks and AONBs, and land management. Since retirement he has served on the Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Committee and as a Secretary of State appointee on the Cotswolds Conservation Board. Professionally, he is a Member of Royal Town Planning Institute (Retired) and an Honorary Member of the Landscape Institute.

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.

David Bayne

David joined CPRE in the 1980s and soon became a volunteer for what is now the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury District. He was Secretary of the District between 1988 and 2016 and still serves on the District committee. Following retirement from a career in the civil service, he has been Hon Secretary and a Trustee of CPRE Gloucestershire since 2008.

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.

Major Tom W Hancock DL

Tom was born in Dorset in 1928 and was educated at Clifton College, Bristol. He joined the regular army in 1946 and was commissioned in 1947. Over the next 23 years he saw service in Hong Kong, Germany (during which time the Berlin Wall was built) and Malaya, as well as postings in the UK. He joined British Leyland at Longbridge when he left the army in 1968. In 1977 he moved with his family to Winchcombe where they opened the Phoenix Bookshop, the first of three.

Tom has been Mayor of The Borough of Tewkesbury, Chairman of the GPFA, member of the S.W. Arts Council, and the Police Advisory Committee. He is currently Chairman of the local CPRE District since 1987. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Gloucestershire in 2000.

Simon Murray

Simon is chair of our Forest of Dean District. He retired from the National Trust last year after 32 years where he was Chief Operating Officer.

He has lived with his family in the Forest of Dean for the last 13 years and now volunteers for several local charities. He has always championed the heritage and countryside on our doorstep.

Elizabeth Bourne

Elizabeth worked in the CPRE Gloucestershire office part time from 1987 to 2003, and then as county membership secretary until 2020.

Previously a librarian having worked in public, college and industrial libraries, including 2 years overseas in East Africa, Elizabeth now lives in Gloucester.

Prue Vernon

Prue has lived in the Berkeley Vale for most of her life and knows it well.

“People need places to live and work but I am keen to see that development is expanded sensibly in ways that minimise environmental impact to our beautiful countryside, the Severn Estuary and its wildlife. Development also needs to be sympathetic to the people who will use the new buildings – space for children to play is essential.”