Governance – Arun & Rother Rivers Trust




Our Trustees

    • Charlie Baker

      Charlie Baker

      Chair of Trustees

      Charlie is from a landowning family at Northchapel in West Sussex. A tributary of the Arun runs through his garden.

      He is married with three adult children. He was formerly a Guards Officer and then a national newspaper director in Fleet Street. He now runs his own businesses based partly in West Sussex.

      He is a keen fisherman and owns a stretch of a salmon river in Co Mayo.

    • Richard Hammond

      Richard Hammond

      Trustee and Chair of Finance & Admin Committee

      Educated in Chichester and apart from three years at University Richard has always resided and worked in West Sussex looking after the environment.

      Richard has retired after 36 years with the Environment Agency and predecessor organisations.

      He plans to keep fighting for environmental improvements through his involvement with ARRT.

    • Sir Sebastian Anstruther


      Sebastian manages his family’s Barlavington Estate in the heart of the South Downs.

      He is a Secretary of State appointed Member of the South Downs National Park Authority, where he is the Member Lead on Biodiversity, and a member of the South of England Agricultural Society’s Council.

      He helped set up the South Downs Land Management Group to represent farmers and land managers within the National Park’s boundary when the Park was designated in 2010.

      Sebastian is a Governor of an “outstanding” village primary school, and a Trustee of a small charity which supports education and the arts.

    • John Archer


      John has recently retired as Regional Environment & Land Use Adviser with the National Farmers’ Union.

      He joined the NFU in early 1997 after a career in the Royal Navy. His NFU work has included water quality and resources as well as planning, employment, public access and a range of other regulatory matters.

      He has represented the agriculture sector on the SE River Basin Planning Liaison Panel since its inception, and has been a member of numerous catchment project steering groups across the region, including Catchment Sensitive Farming, the Downs and Harbours Clean Water Partnership and the River Avon Restoration Project board.

      John has been a member of South East Water’s Environment Focus Group and Customer Challenge Group during the preparation of the company’s Water Resource Management Plan 2014-2040.He lives near South Harting in West Sussex

    • Dave Brown

      Dave Brown


      Dave is an environmental scientist and the retired head of a university unit, having previously worked in the environmental consultancy sector.

      He is a Trustee of the Rivers Trust, the national organisation which represents over 30 individual river trusts.

      He set up and directed MSc programmes in the field of environmental management and has worked on numerous individual research and consultancy projects for clients including government departments, major industries (including the oil and gas sectors) and environmental organisations.

      While a general environmental scientist, with particular experience in fields of environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing, he has a strong interest in the aquatic environment and has worked in a professional capacity on many river systems.

    • Dave Green

      Dave Green


      Dave has lived in West Sussex his entire life and currently resides a short walk away from the River Arun near Wisborough Green.

      He has been passionate about conservation and ecology for more than thirty years and has a particular interest in moth recording and bird ringing.

      He was a Trustee at the Sussex Wildlife Trust for 16 years and is involved with the Knepp Estate Rewilding project where he carries out regular ecological surveys.

    • Tony Whitbread

      Tony Whitbread


      Tony Whitbread is the former Chief Executive of Sussex Wildlife Trust and is also the national spokesman on woodland issues for The Wildlife Trusts.

    • John Whiting

      John Whiting


      John retired as Office Manager for the National Bus Company (Southdown), subsequently he kept the books for a car auction and then a firm of civil engineering contractors.

      In 2007 John founded the River Adur Conservation Society, which has now merged with the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society to form the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) a registered charity.

      He is a Trustee and Director of OART. He is also the Vice Chairman of Henfield & District Angling Society and has always lived in or within a few miles of Henfield

    • Martin Willing

      Martin Willing


      Martin has lived in Midhurst for the past 37 years. All his professional life he has been involved in biological and science education. After working as Head of Sciences in two schools he joined Godalming College. He was employed as Head of Biological and Environmental Sciences at this 6th year college for 18 years until his recent retirement. His professional life has been involved in biological and science education.

      His particular interests relate to invertebrate ecology, biogeography and conservation, with a particular focus on European Mollusca.Martin is the Conservation Officer of the Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland and also serves on a number of other committees with a conservation focus. These include Invertebrate Link and the Conservation Committee of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.Martin undertakes professional consultancy in relation to molluscan ecology and conservation. The majority of this work has involved the survey and study of freshwater and brackish faunas throughout Britain.

    • Stephen Simmonds