Meet the Team
The knowledge of the team gives us the experience to succeed
Our Board of Trustees
Dr Hew Prendergast
Dr Hew Prendergast trained in plant biology. He worked as a nature reserve warden and marine ornithologist before becoming the first Overseas Collector for the precursor of the Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wakehurst Place. He then moved to Kew as leader of the Centre for Economic Botany. From 2003-2011 he ran Ashdown Forest and in 2013, after many years as a member of OART, was elected its Chairman.
John “Sam” St Pierre
Position: Vice Chairman
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.
Philip is currently a Senior Director in Acoustics for RPS Planning and Environment, a multi-disciplinary international 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 and supports various local and international wildlife groups.
John retired as Office Manager for the National Bus Company (Southdown), subsequently he kept the books for a car auction and then a firm of civil engineering contractors. In 2007 John founded the River Adur Conservation Society, which has now merged with the Sussex Ouse Conservation Society to form the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust (OART) a registered charity. He is the Vice Chairman of Henfield & District Angling Society, a Trustee of the Arun & Rother Rivers Trust and has always lived in or within a few miles of Henfield.
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.
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.