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.  She 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. 

Outside work, Henri spends her time with her young son as well as helping in the family horticultural business.

Emma Forward Director of Operations

Emma Forward

Emma joined Sussex Wildlife Trust in September 2019, following a career in the sport and fitness sector, where she held roles at senior executive and board level, most recently Chief Operating Officer for a national fitness organisation. 

Emma heads up the Operations Department which enables the Trust to operate effectively and efficiently as well as ensuring legal and regulatory compliance. Emma oversees all the Trust’s facilities and areas such as health and safety, safeguarding, IT, central organisation administration and processes, Human Resources and visitor centre operations.

Emma has lived in Sussex for over 20 years and loves spending time outdoors, enjoying the amazing Sussex countryside and wildlife. An animal welfare advocate, Emma has several rescued pets including cats, dogs, horses and chickens.

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. 

David Bolton Director of Communities and Wildlife

David Bolton

David leads the Communities and Wildlife team with the aim of creating exciting experiences and opportunities that inspire individuals, communities, schools, visitors and our members to understand, value and take action for wildlife across Sussex. David aims to create a communal sense of stewardship, built upon stimulating, relevant and thought-provoking engagement.

Born in Hastings, David read Oceanography at university and then qualified as a Geography teacher and has over 11 years of teaching experience in the UK and Hong Kong. He joined Sussex Wildlife Trust from international wildlife charity Born Free where he coordinated the development, planning and delivery of their UK Education Programme. 

In his spare time, David loves to spend time outdoors walking and camping with his young family. He is also a trustee of Get Out, a charity that works to ensure that access to the natural environment should not be restricted by income, social status or demographics by using adventure to inspire young people in Tower Hamlets.