Our Board of Trustees
John “Sam” St Pierre
John is better known by his nickname “Sam”. Sam is a retired dental surgeon who has always had an interest in freshwater biology since he was at school. His primary interests are water chemistry and the study of freshwater invertebrates. He is involved in both the water testing and invertebrate monitoring activities of OART and is currently the Trust’s Vice Chairman. He is also Water Resources Officer for the Sussex Branch of the Salmon & Trout Association.
Simon is director of Lewes based technology company NTD Internet. He has been fascinated by rivers and streams and the natural life they support since he was a lad. He provides IT and business services for OART. He is an active member of the task force and also served as OART Pollution Officer. His leisure time is mostly spent managing his land in Barcombe for native wildlife and biodiversity.
Philip is currently a Director at Savills, a multi-disciplinary international estates and planning consultancy, where he manages a team of acoustics, noise and vibration consultants across the UK. Philip started his career as a geologist working on exploration oil and gas rigs – a perfect background to assist at OART with their water sampling analysis, which he has done for many years. He is a keen fisherman, conservationist, deer manager and supports various local and international wildlife groups.
Dr James Ebdon
Dr James Ebdon is a Reader in Environmental Microbiology and a lecturer within the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton. He has 15 years’ experience developing and applying novel, low-cost methods for determining sources of contamination in surface waters. He is also interested in safe water and sanitation provision in low-resource settings and has worked on water quality projects in Africa (UNICEF), India, and South America. He has authored 33 publications, including 1 book chapter, and has presented his work to academics, students, engineers, MPs, the general public and water professionals in 18 countries.
Dave is an environmental scientist and the retired head of a university unit, having previously worked in the environmental consultancy sector. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Rivers Trust, the national organisation which represents over 60 individual river trusts, and Hon. Secretary of the Ouse Angling Preservation Society. While a general environmental scientist, with particular experience in fields of environmental impact assessment and environmental auditing, he has a strong interest in the aquatic environment and has worked in a professional capacity on many river systems.
Brian’s professional background and career was in the Probation Service, mainly as a manager and also as Chief Officer of Sussex Probation. He has a broad experience of leadership and governance and was Chair of Mind in Brighton and East Sussex. A keen angler Brian has always valued the natural and marine environment and he is a member of a wide range of related organisations, such as the Salmon and Trout Conservation Society and the Angling Trust.