Our Team

Chair, Kate Rice 

(Natural Capital Strategy Manager, Southern Water)

Vice Chair, Henri Brocklebank

(Director Conservation Policy and Evidence, Sussex Wildlife Trust)

Secretariat, Kate Cole and Clara Lehmann

(County Ecologist and Environment Officer, East Sussex County Council)

Policy Lead, Julie Middleton

Contracted post

Executive Group

A small Executive Team meets regularly to guide day-to-day activities:

  • Chair SxNP – Kate Rice
  • Vice Chair SxNP – Henri Brocklebank
  • Secretariat SxNP – Kate Cole
  • Policy Lead SxNP – Julie Middleton
  • Representative WSCC – Don Baker
  • Representative B&HCC – Sarah Dobson
  • Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre – Clare Blencowe
  • Volunteer policy support – Gillian Branson
  • Technical Support(ESCC) – Clara Lehmann

SxNP Board

The SxNP Board is made up of representatives of all members and meets quarterly, with the AGM held in March each year. More details about the Board and its governance are set out in its Terms of Reference

Board Minutes can be obtained from the Secretariat.

Working Groups

Several working groups have been established to tackle priority issues for the partnership:

Nature Recovery Network Working Group

Chair, Claire Kerr (South Downs National Park Authority)
Statement of purpose (tbc)

Biodiversity Net Gain Working Group

Chair, Bridget Fox, Woodland Trust
Statement of Purpose (tbc)

Health and Wellbeing Working Group

Chair, Penny Shimmin (Chief Executive, Sussex Community Development Association)

Statement of Purpose and Action Plan