Introducing the team

Launched on 22nd April 2012 and awarded CIO charity status on 20th May 2020 charity number 1189569

Our mission is to advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, in particular by educating the public about how to adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle and improve their ability to reduce their negative impact on the environment.

Meet the wonderful team behind Sussex Green Living:

Our Trustees

Paul Bellringer OBE

I have extensive charitable experience at all levels from being a founder to volunteering. Having previously worked with addictive behaviour at a national level, more recently I was responsible for starting both the Horsham Garden Music Festival and the Horsham Festival.  Today climate change is the biggest issue facing the world, bar none, and the time to reverse the damage being done to the earth is now. Sussex Green Living has already proved itself as a pioneering force for the good across West Sussex and, consequently, I am delighted to play a part in the essential work of this important charity.

Ian Hutchinson – Chairman

I am now semi-retired, having worked in London in a number of executive and non-executive director roles. I have been involved in setting up charities and now I’m very pleased to turn my attention to contributing more to the local community where the family has been living for more than 35 years. Sussex Green Living is an inspiring organisation with its passion for addressing the very important threats that there are to the environment. We hope to make a meaningful contribution to teaching each other to learn ways we can live an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Karrie Mellor

I have always been extremely concerned about climate change and the terrible impact the fast fashion industry has on the planet. In 2012 I set up Bags of Support a school textile recycling company, that spring my path first crossed with Carrie and Sussex Green Living when we were both delivering assemblies in a local school. Since then we have worked closely together encouraging schools to reduce textile waste and ethically recycle to raise money for their schools and our joint chosen charity Nkuringo School & Community Support in Uganda. As a trustee I am now able to work even closer with the aim of us helping to build a fairer and greener future for people and planet.

Management team

Carrie Cort – CEO

I am a passionate and optimistically stubborn environmentalist. In 2011 with worsening global warming and little time to achieve zero emission I decided to act and launched Sussex Green Living on 22nd April 2012 Earth Day. My idea was to develop a network of people working together to create a more sustainable world. With waste prevention training by WSCC and Brighton University in 2012 and climate change trained in 2016 delivered by the former US Vice President Al Gore and leading climate change scientists, I weave together the problems and solutions. Our charity is multi-award winning and growing fast, we are connecting up a district dot-to-dot of people supporting people on a carbon reduction journey.

Jill Shuker

I have been very aware of the state of the planet, from a small girl, when ‘A Silent Spring; by Rachel Carson, published in 1962 about the effects of pesticides on our environment, was read to us. Consequently I have tried to live more sustainably and when I found a soulmate in Carrie, as we were training to be West Sussex County Council Waste Prevention Advisers in 2012, I knew I was on to a good thing. Carrie, myself, the Horsham Quakers and lots of volunteers launched the Horsham Repair Cafe in 2017, which I love. Sussex Green Living is an amazing dynamic, organic and growing environmental force in West Sussex and I am very proud to be asked to help on the management team.

Helen Whittington

As a Quaker, sustainability is right at the heart of my faith and I am committed to making it a practical life choice not just for myself but enabling others to do the same. I have been involved closely in the single-use plastic recycling scheme since 2013 and setting up of the Horsham Repair Cafe, which is a joint partnership with Horsham Quakers. I manage the household cleaning product refills which takes place as part of the Repair Cafe. Since the Horsham Climate Cafe sprung up, I have also been part of this facilitation team. Sussex Green Living has already developed a strong reputation of creative and innovative work, largely thanks to the energy and vision of Carrie Cort, and I am delighted to be part of the management team.

Chloe Harrison – Horsham Climate Cafe co-ordinator

Having graduated from University last year with a Zoology degree, I was very keen to start getting my hands dirty and involved in driving environmental change rather than simply learning about it. Local grassroots volunteering really appealed to me, as I loved the idea of helping to inspire this change and see its impacts in my own community. Sussex Green Living suited this perfectly! I think environmental education for all is one of the biggest tools for change we have, so it has been a delight to be welcomed into a local charity with this ethos at its core.

Catherine Sleeman – Horsham Youth Eco Forum lead

Since about the age of nine I have been very aware and worried about climate change and its effect on Planet Earth. I have known about Sussex Green Living and the Horsham Repair Cafe for some time, when they launched the Horsham Climate Cafe in December 2020 I actively started volunteering. I am now really enjoying helping develop the new Horsham Youth Eco Forum, connecting young people in the Horsham area together so we can support each other in working towards a brighter and greener future.

Kathryn Mc Carthy

I have been involved with SGL for nearly a year, helping with the Repair Cafe and the Single Use Plastic recycling scheme.  I have always tried to make green choices and do my bit for the environment, but I was prompted to step up my involvement as I felt wanted and needed to do more, especially in the light of Greta Thunberg’s campaigning and David Attenborough’s eye opening documentary.  I am so inspired by what Carrie and Jill have achieved and am honoured to be part of this organisation.

Our single-use plastic recycling team at the Quaker Meeting House

Joy Carter – Our recycling lead, Chief Womble!

Sarah Pool – plus Facebook communications
Tim Carver
Rob Fryatt
Nigel Pearson
Lynsey Burton
Gemma Smith
Margaret Moore
Daphne Barraclough

The Marlow family and many others

Plus more in the parishes

Horsham Repair Cafe

Shailen Laxman – plus website
Karen Espley
Jean Francis
Simon Garland
Rosalind Peters
Anne Sartain
Su Novis
Morag Morgan
Andrew Ramsden
Andrew Gadd
Paul Airey
Tony Cash
John Preston
Sharon Watson
Cliff Jackson
Eve Delves
Laura Woodrow

Supported by the Horsham Quakers and the Unitarians

Plus many more!

Sussex Green Living / community engagement / Horsham Climate Cafe:

Kim Tomlinson
Catherine Edminson
Karen Park
Rosemary Couchman
Mark Francis
Alison Marshall
Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria
Andrea Grainger
Beth Richardson
Gaynor Cooper
Nick Bailey
Andrea Grainger
Joanne Knowles – Cowfold
Elvira Wynne-Jones – Rusper
Anne Davies – Warnham
Mela Davidson – Billingshurst
Phil Leech – Rudgwick
Vivianne Doussy – Arun Valley
Phil Leech – Rudgwick
Anne Allan – Slinfold
Fiona McConnachie Thakham & Storrington
Hazel Allinson – Amberley & Coldwaltham
Rosie Czira – Mannings Heath
Lilia Lang – Midhurst
Vivienne Doussy – Pulborough/Arun Valley
Greg Morley Smith – Kingsfold
Geoff Barnard – Steyning
Penny and Vassos Siantonas – Henfield

We have many other community outreach volunteers in West Sussex and the South East who are all now connected through the South East Climate Alliance. We are a founding member of SECA, a coalition of local environment, community and faith groups across South East England uniting for urgent action on climate change.

Feeling inspired to get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers, so get in touch or come and meet us and see how you can get involved! Join us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or sign up to receive our latest news (it only takes two seconds to add your email address – simply click on black ‘Follow‘ tab on bottom right of this screen!). Feel free to also send us an email using our contact form, or come and say hello at our events like the Horsham Climate Cafe or the Horsham Repair Cafe!

Inspiring sustainable living in Sussex