Nick Sherwin (Chairman) - Retired Solicitor
Nick became MDT chairman in 2017, having been on the trustee board since 2010. He is a retired solicitor, and was a partner of Clifford Chance LLP for almost 20 years, where he introduced a pro bono relationship for a major conservation body. He is a member of the Council of the British Trust for Ornithology and has travelled extensively both within and outside the U.K. in support of conservation projects. Nick lives in Heyshott.
Gerry Ryan QC - Retired Barrister
Gerry lives in Bepton.
Simon Ward - Retired Chartered Surveyor & Land Agent
For more than 21 years Simon was the Resident Agent and Secretary to the Trustees responsible for the West Dean Estate on the Downs north of Chichester. Prior to that he worked as a Managing Agent for the National Trust in East Anglia including two internationally important National Nature Reserves - Wicken Fen and Hatfield Forest. He is a founder Trustee of the MDT following its transfer from the Society of Sussex Downsmen in 1993, a Trustee of the Sussex Heritage Trust, a Director of a large independent boarding school in West Sussex, a Director of a recently-formed local Community Land Trust, and also sits on the Executive Committee of the South Downs Land Managers' group. Simon lives in Rogate.
Claire Norwood (Treasurer) - Chartered Accountant
Claire lives in Southsea.
John Murray - Retired Director
John lives in Heyshott.
Mike Edwards - Ecologist
Mike Edwards is an entomological ecologist specialising in the autecology of, and habitat management for, insects. He has extensive experience with the aculeate Hymenoptera, Diptera and Orthoptera, and less extensive experience with several other orders. He has a wide experience, accumulated over more than forty years, of the diverse habitats which are occupied by these insects. These habitats range from the semi-natural, through post industrial sites, to the agricultural.
He has carried out ecological projects both in the UK, Europe and Australia. He was co-ordinator for the UK Biodiversity Action Plan group The Aculeate Conservation Group (now Hymettus Ltd.) from 1997 to 2007. As a development of this role he has become increasingly involved with management issues for the conservation of a wide range of invertebrate groups and is currently developing monitoring and management techniques for these. He has completed contracts for all three National Conservation Agencies, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (part of NERC), the RSPB, the National Trust, Wildlife Trusts, County and District Councils, Southern Water, Syngenta Crop Protection, Estates, Landscape Architects and Leisure Activity Organisations. Mike lives in Midhurst.
Mike Hadley - Retired Mechanic
Mike lives in Heyshott.
Robert Windle - Chartered Surveyor & Land Agent
Since October 2015 Robert has been a partner of RH&RW Clutton following 24 years as the Resident Agent for the Cowdray Estate, based at Midhurst. Prior to the Cowdray Estate he was an Associate with Smiths Gore in the north of England managing estates for both private and institutional clients.
Robert enjoys walking in the countryside, together with game shooting and he is also a keen cyclist but definitely not off-road across mountains. Robert lives in Midhurst.