The Steyning Downland Scheme is run mostly by local volunteers, for the local community. The Trustees oversee the overall development of the scheme and are responsible for charity policy, legal compliance and funding. The Steering Group make decisions on the operational aspects of the scheme and put them into action. Our Project Manager valiantly tries to hold the whole thing together . . .
Richard is the Chair of the Trustees. His family own the Wiston Estate, which includes the Steyning Downland.
Matthew is our Project Manager. He lives in the office, answering the phone, typing e-mails and pushing pieces of paper around. . .
Sarah is our Community Volunteering Officer. She oversees the Dukes of Steyning Project and leads our team of Conservation Volunteers.
Trustee. Andrew is a lawyer and has a particular focus on legal compliance, policy development and insurance.
David is a member of our Steering Group and the Conservation Volunteers. He also helps with Bushcraft, is a botany surveyor, a Lookerer and helps supervise the Downland Task Force
Alan lived as a Missionary in Africa for over 30 years and as a Trustee, has a particular responsibility for ensuring Christian values continue to undergird all we do.
A keen local mountain biker, Paul represents biking interests on our Steering Group
Emma is the local Youth Worker for Steyning during the day. On our Steering Group, she makes sure we stay relevant and interesting to local young people
Richard has a particular responsibility for youth and young people on our Board of Trustees. He also has expertise in risk assessment and charity management.
Gill is a Steyning Parish Councillor and looks after access and Rights of Way on our Steering Group
Tom is a Ranger for the South Downs National Park and a member of our Steering Group. He's a huge support for our conservation work.
Bob oversees our data collection and management. Whether it be botany, bird or butterfly surveys, Bob crunches the data and lets us know how wildlife is benefiting from our work
Elfie is our Events and Community Fundraising Manager and is helping with some exciting new projects and events for the Scheme.
Lily is a student at Steyning Grammar School who aspires to get young people interested in the environment and local issues affecting them
Justin is a professional archaeologist and in his 'spare time' leads the SDS Rifle Range Volunteers
Trustee. Graham has a background in finance and is our Treasurer. He does a great job making sure we don't spend too much!
Revd Canon Nigel Hartley
Trustee. Now a Steyning resident, Nigel is the former Vicar of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Aldeburgh and works with Alan Chilver to ensure Christian values continue to undergird all we do