Our Trustees

The Arun & Rother Rivers Trust (ARRT) is a registered charity number 1147477 and you can read our listing on the Charity Commission’s website HERE. Our Trustees are all volunteers.


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

Charlie Baker – Chairman

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 Chairman of the Countryside Alliance for West Sussex and a director of the Chiddingfold Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.

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

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.

Richard Hammond – Vice Chairman

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 recently retired after 36 years with the Environment Agency and predecessor organisationsHe plans to keep fighting for environmental improvements through his involvement with ARRT.

Stephen Simmonds


Tony Whitbread

Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, lives at Hurston Mill on the river Stor just outside Storrington.



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

Our Officers

Ses Wright – Project Officer

After gaining her first degree in Economics Ses worked at the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) at the University of East Anglia for many years as a Senior Researcher and later Lecturer and Deputy Director of two highly successful M.Sc. courses in Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Auditing and Environmental Management Systems. Ses gained a M.Sc. in environmental management at ENV on a part-time basis whilst working on numerous individual research and consultancy projects for a wide range of clients ranging from government departments, major industry (oil, gas, water) and environmental organisations. Topics covered ranged from Flood Alleviation plans and projects, to Environmental Audits of local government and formal Environmental Impact Statements for proposed wind energy and offshore under-sea oil importing pipelines.

After a career break to help bring up her young family Ses began working again for the environmental sphere around 2006. She took up the post of Project Officer with the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) in 2010, helping the Trust to deliver many river enhancement projects largely funded by the Department of the Environment, Food & Regional Affairs’ (DEFRA) River Improvement Programme. Being based in Hampshire Ses has gradually taken on more work with the relatively new Arun & Rother Rivers Trust (ARRT), located slightly more to the West.

Ses is interested in all things environmental although has a particular enthusiasm for rivers and their wider wetlands.

Sandra Manning Jones – Acting Trust Manager


Adam Manning Jones – Project Officer


Tracy Thurlow – Project Officer


Row Baker – Project Officer