Trustees

Sussex Wildlife Trust is governed by a board of trustees with operational management for the Trust delegated to a Senior Management Team.

Please contact Maria Jonsson, Assistant to the Executive Officer, if you would like to find out how to become Trustee of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. mariajonsson@sussexwt.org.uk or tel: 01273 497526.

Dr Tony Whitbread President

Dr Tony Whitbread

Dr Tony Whitbread, who retired as Chief Executive of Sussex Wildlife Trust in March 2018, has returned to take a leading role in nature conservation as President of Sussex Wildlife Trust.

He joined the Sussex Wildlife Trust in 1991 as Head of Conservation before taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2006.  During his time, Dr Whitbread played a huge role as a conservation advocate, battling against road building, urban development, the potential expansion of Gatwick Airport and other countryside loss.

Dr Whitbread was at the forefront in promoting the need for the establishment of the South Downs National Park.  He also played a leading role in establishing the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre, which holds almost seven million species records – information used to inform planning decisions.  


Dr Sean Ashworth Chair

Dr Sean Ashworth

Sean grew up in Brighton and has spent his career looking after the environment following the completion of a PhD at the University of Exeter studying the ecology of the European eel.

He has worked at Southern Water and the Environment Agency in Sussex. Currently Sean is Deputy Chief at the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

Sean’s involvement with the Sussex Wildlife Trust includes writing site management plans as a volunteer, working on numerous freshwater and marine partnership projects, and as a Trustee and member of the Conservation Committee. He has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trusts since the 1970s.

Linda Clark ​Honorary Treasurer and Chair of Business Committee

Linda Clark

Linda is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in sectors as diverse as Professional Services, Telecommunications, Property and Financial Services in both New Zealand and the UK. Since 2009 Linda has been acting as a part-time Finance Director for SME organisations and as a Trustee and Treasurer to selected charities.

Linda's upbringing on a New Zealand hill country sheep and beef farm instilled a love for nature and the outdoors from a very early age. When not working Linda will be found walking her two miniature schnauzers in either London or West Sussex, or holidaying with her partner (preferably in the sunshine!). She has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 2015.

Simon Linington Honorary Secretary

Simon Linington

Simon became a trustee of Sussex Wildlife Trust in 2015. Following work as a plant breeder for a Lincolnshire seed company, he moved to Sussex in 1981 to work for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst Place. Here, he helped develop a national and international plant conservation programme using long-term seed storage. This work culminated in the establishment of the Millennium Seed Bank. He retired in 2014 as deputy departmental head.

Though with a wide-ranging interest in natural history, his life-long passion has been birdwatching. This has given him a deep appreciation of the Sussex countryside and the challenges it faces. He has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 2013.

Alan Stewart Chair of Conservation Committee

Alan Stewart

Alan is Reader in Ecology at the University of Sussex, where he has been teaching and doing ecological research since 1993. Previously, he worked at Cardiff University, Rothamsted Experimental Station and RSPB.

He started bird watching aged eight and wonders why it took him until his late teens to discover his other interests in plants and insects. Locally, he researches ways to restore species-rich grassland habitats, especially for insects.

Alan is also involved in the conservation of glow worms (the South Downs being one of the strongholds for this species), especially the extent that they may be affected by artificial lighting at night. Alan chairs our Conservation Committee. He has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 1994.

Mike King Chair of Public Engagement Committee

Mike King

Mike has considerable experience, both in the UK and internationally, connecting people with nature and their environment. He has held senior roles in a number of major environmental charities including The Conservation Volunteers, Living Earth Foundation and The Environment Council. He is currently an environmental consultant.

Mike lives in Wisborough Green and volunteers for Sussex Wildlife Trust locally as the Volunteer Reserve Manager for The Mens and Northup Copse Nature Reserves. He also sits on the Trust’s Public Engagement Committee. He has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 2008.

Emma Montlake Trustee

Emma Montlake

Having trained as a lawyer and worked for 10 years in commercial practice, it was after a year trip around Latin America that the seed was sown for a different sort of life. Emma gave up commercial practice and went to volunteer at the Environmental Law Foundation where she was then given her first job in environmental law.

Emma is now married with two small children and left London six years ago to settle in Lewes. She became involved with Sussex Wildlife Trust because she wanted something that would embed her in the local environmental community. Emma sits on our Public Engagement Committee. She has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 2013.

Sarah Bonnot-Tijhaar Trustee

Sarah Bonnot-Tijhaar

Sarah has worked in Human Resources for 18 years, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has a Masters Degree in Human Resources. She is also a qualified mediator, occupational health manager and leader, experienced in operations management, practical marketing and employee development.

Sarah’s career spans private, public and charitable sectors and she currently works for an International NGO. Sarah is passionate about the benefits of nature supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. Sarah is also an artist, taking much inspiration from the natural world. She has been a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust since 2018.