Chairman: Charles Anson, CVO DL
He is a communications and media consultant with a career in the public and private sectors.
From 2009 - 11, Charles Anson was Chairman of the South Downs Joint Committee which helped to set up the UK's latest South Downs National Park. He is a member of The National Trust South East Regional Board. He also served as a lay member of the Press Complaints Commission from 2012-14.
Earlier in his communications career, Charles Anson served as Press Secretary to The Queen for seven years in the 1990's and before that in the Prime Minister's press office working for James Callaghan and subsequently for Margaret Thatcher. His earlier career was in the British Diplomatic Service, where he was posted to Washington twice and to Iran in the period leading up to the Revolution in 1978/79. He has also worked in business as Director of Communications for three FTSE 100 companies.
He lives in Alfriston, East Sussex.
"This landscape is timeless."
Has a degree in Geography and a research degree in Geomorphology; his major research project was on patterns of river flooding in the Midlands. For many years he was Head of Humanities at Roedean School and is now a full-time writer.
The latest of his 45 books, ‘On Blatchington Beach’, ‘The Sussex Coast’ and 'Forlorn and Widowed: Seaford in the Napoleonic Wars', explore the complex relationship between people and coastal processes. He is a member of the Cuckmere Estuary Task & Finish Group
Reverend Adam Ford
A local resident, living in Alfriston, having retired from being chaplain and head of religious education at St Paul’s Girl’s School in London (1976-2001) and Priest in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen at the Chapel Royal (1984-1900). He has travelled extensively lecturing in schools around the world on astronomy, Buddhism and religious literature. He now divides his time between family, writing books (The Art of Mindful Walking published by Leaping Hare Press is now in its fourth reprint while Galileo and the Art of Ageing Mindfully appeared in 2015) and painting - currently working on a series of pictures of birds of the Cuckmere Valley.