Senior Leadership Team
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Chris is a passionate wildlife enthusiast who began his conservation career over thirty years ago as a volunteer on RSPB reserves. He spent 30 years with the RSPB culminating in a role as the Director for RSPB England, responsible for setting up a new England team as part of the organisation’s response to devolution. He’s protected nesting golden eagles in the Lake District, worked in conservation planning and policy (for both RSPB and Butterfly Conservation) and worked for the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) in Shetland and Orkney in the late 1980s. He has spent most of his career as a senior leader, most recently as Acting CEO for Birdwatch Ireland until May 2022. He has also recently been appointed as the President of the Sussex Ornithological Society (SOS)
Chris lives in Shoreham-by-Sea and is married with two grown up children.
Director - Conservation
Henri is the Director of Conservation at the Sussex Wildlife Trust and has been focused on wildlife in Sussex for many years.
Henri leads the Trusts work in the Marine Environment and is Chair of the Sussex Kelp Recovery Project and is Deputy Chair of the Sussex Local Nature Partnership. Seeing a functional network for nature in Sussex is the ambition and Henri works with her team and with partners across Sussex to bring that to a reality.
Director - Finance and Operations
Angela has lived with her family in Brighton & Hove for nearly 20 years and loves being by the sea and close to the South Downs.
She has devoted her working life to the charity sector and has worked for finance departments in local, national, and international organisations (including Friends of the Earth and Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove City Council) who are trying to make a positive difference. Angela specialises in making financial information more transparent and accessible, providing excellent customer service and building an organisation’s financial sustainability. As a qualified Company Secretary she is committed to good governance and improving business processes.
Director – Communities
Nikki leads the Communities Team to deliver a wide-ranging programme of engagement and work with communities to connect people in Sussex with nature and inspire them to take action for wildlife.
She has worked in environmental education and community engagement throughout her career, managing a variety of projects. She is passionate about sharing her love of nature and the benefits of spending time in blue and greenspaces.
Nikki enjoys spending time at the coast, swimming, paddleboarding and scuba diving
Director - Change Management
Maria grew up in Sweden but has called Sussex home for over half her life. She lives just outside Brighton with her teenage son.
She is passionate about organisational culture, creating effective teams and customer service. In her role as Director of Change Management, Maria is working with staff at all levels to make the Trust a better and more effective organisation to work for.
She also leads the team at the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre as it takes its place within the local and wider communities, delivering amazing opportunities for local people, schools, community groups and visitors from all over the UK and abroad to learn about the habitats and wildlife found at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.
Director - Fundraising & Communications
Caroline has lived in Sussex all her life and is passionate about the diverse landscape, marine habitats and wildlife in this special county.
As the Trust's Director of Fundraising and Communications, Caroline is responsible for sharing the wonders of the natural environment in Sussex and encouraging people and organisations to get involved, by becoming members, taking part in the Trust's activities, funding projects or supporting appeals.
Caroline loves connecting people with the natural world and has seen how this transforms the environment for both nature and communities. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys exploring the local countryside with her family, tending her garden, listening to music and watching football.