Senior Management Team

Tor Lawrence Chief Executive Officer

Tor Lawrence

Tor works closely with the trustees and senior management team to ensure that the charitable objectives of the Trust are met and to lead the development and delivery of the strategic vision of the organisation.

Before joining the Trust in 2018, Tor's previous role was at the South Downs National Park Authority. She has held senior management roles with London Wildlife Trust and East Sussex County Council and also acted as a consultant for the Woodland Trust, RSPB and National Trust. She was the founding Director of Bankside Open Spaces Trust, a multiple award winning charity in London.

Tor grew up in Lewes. She enjoys walking, cycling and running in the Sussex countryside and swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the Sussex seas. 

Steve Aldridge Director of Finance

Steve Aldridge

Steve believes passionately in the conservation of the Sussex landscape and wildlife, and Sussex Wildlife Trust's important role in education and public engagement.

He has over 35 years’ experience in finance, in a range of commercial and charitable organisations, and brings the skills and experience he has obtained over the years from those diverse sectors.

As Director of Finance he manages all aspects of Sussex Wildlife Trust’s finances, and, in tandem with a strong finance team, works to maximise the Trust’s financial viability, enabling it to continue its important work far into the future.

Outside work, Steve likes to walk with his dogs in the fabulous Sussex countryside and seashore, and travels to France as often as he can.

Henri Brocklebank Director - Conservation Policy and Evidence

Henri Brocklebank

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 #HelpOurKelp partnership. She is Deputy Chair of the Sussex Local Nature Partnership and working with a wide range of organisations to promote investment in Sussex Natural Capital. 

Caroline Pearce Director - Fundraising and Communications

Caroline Pearce

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.

Dan Ross Director - Land Management

Dan Ross

Dan manages the Land Management Team and is responsible for ensuring that our nature reserves and land management operations continue to meet the highest standards and provide the best opportunities for wildlife in Sussex.

Dan is a Chartered Environmentalist and has a Masters degree in Environmental Conservation and a degree in geography. Dan has worked within Land Management for nearly two decades, primarily through local authorities, where he has occupied senior management roles responsible, for example, for nature reserves, parks, foreshore, open spaces, cemeteries, arboriculture and coast protection operations.

Dan loves to spend time outside work in the great outdoors with his young family, cycling and walking. 

Maria Jonsson Director of Business Support (Acting)

Maria Jonsson

Maria grew up in Sweden but has called Sussex home for over half her life.  She lives at the foot of the South Downs with her teenage son.

She spent many years in the hospitality industry and is passionate about customer service and working with people. Her responsibilities include overseeing our HR, H&S, IT and Business Support teams as well as the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre and the pop-up café at Woods Mill. The Business Support Department enables and supports the Trust’s delivery teams to carry out their work for wildlife in Sussex in an efficient, safe and compliant way.

She will lead 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.