Meet the team

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 Goring

Richard is the Chair of the Trustees. His family own the Wiston Estate, which includes the Steyning Downland.

Matthew Thomas

Matthew is our Project Manager. He lives in the office, answering the phone, typing e-mails and pushing pieces of paper around. . .

Sarah Quantrill

Sarah is our Community Volunteering Officer. She oversees the Dukes of Steyning Project and leads our team of Conservation Volunteers.

Andrew Armitage

Trustee. Andrew is a lawyer and has a particular focus on legal compliance, policy development and insurance.

David Buckett

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 Chilver

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.

Paul Tiller

A keen local mountain biker, Paul represents biking interests on our Steering Group

Emma Edwards

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 Jackson

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 Muncey

Gill is a Steyning Parish Councillor and looks after access and Rights of Way on our Steering Group

Tom Parry

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 Platt

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

Eleanor Gloster

Elfie is our Events and Community Fundraising Manager and is helping with some exciting new projects and events for the Scheme.

Lily Birnstingl

Lily is a student at Steyning Grammar School who aspires to get young people interested in the environment and local issues affecting them

Justin Russell

Justin is a professional archaeologist and in his 'spare time' leads the SDS Rifle Range Volunteers

Graham Broad

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