Sussex Wildlife Trust staff

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 as South Downs National Park Authority Countryside Policy Manager for the eastern Downs, Tor led on a range of issues including the Park’s landscape, education, volunteering, and health and wellbeing programmes, the Heritage Coast partnership and the Cuckmere Estuary Group. She has also held senior management roles with London Wildlife Trust and East Sussex County Council.

Dr Barry Yates Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Manager

Dr Barry Yates

Barry has been Manager of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve since 1984. During this time, he has developed and delivered several large projects including Interreg, LIFE-Nature and ALSF, and has worked with the Environment Agency to recreate extensive wetland habitats on the Reserve.

Author of several books on nature conservation, in 2000 he discovered a new, previously unknown fly species on the Reserve that now bears his name - Megaselia yatesi. He also manages the Rye Harbour Village image library Before coming to Rye Harbour Barry had several research contracts with RSPB studying nesting birds in Shetland and Sutherland, and studied Redshank for his PhD in Liverpool and BSc in Zoology at Imperial College London.

Henri Brocklebank Director - Conservation Policy and Evidence

Henri Brocklebank

Henri started as a volunteer with the Trust back in 1999 and now leads the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre and our conservation activities that operate outside of our nature reserves – our ‘Living Landscapes and Living Seas’ team. She spent many years volunteering for environmental organisations and projects and has a degree in Zoology and a Masters in Conservation and Ecology.

Outside of work, Henri spends her time looking after her young son and helping in the family horticultural business.

Pete Crawford Director - Education and Engagement

Pete Crawford

Pete is passionate about the idea that nature shouldn’t be confined to nature reserves and leads the development and delivery of our engagement work with schools and communities to help people connect with and understand wildlife that is close to them.

Pete has a degree in countryside management and a post-graduate diploma in Habitat Conservation and joined the Trust in 2010 having spent seven years managing the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership countryside project.

Outside of the Trust Pete spends time with his family, getting outdoors with his dogs and cultivating a wildlife friendly garden.