Meet our exceptional Brighton and Hove based staff

We pride ourselves on our diverse, multi-talented team of Community Caseworkers. By employing people with diverse perspectives, we know we can deliver the strongest and most rewarding relationships with Service Users.  

Following successful recruitment and acceptable pre-employment checks, each member of staff is required to complete our fully comprehensive, mandatory training package to ensure that they are equipped with the skills necessary to provide the highest quality service and is able to fit in with our unique culture. Throughout their employment, each member of the team is encouraged to grow and develop and is given the opportunity to access the training they need to truly excel. To further promote team diversity, we often recruit staff direct from related college and university courses, such as social work, counselling and psychology. We also work closely with the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton and provide a practice placement for social work students.


Our Sussex Empowered Living Champions

At Sussex Empowered Living, we maintain momentum through our staff champions, who work as a point of contact for Service Users and staff. These champions are responsible for training their peers, promoting inclusivity and staying up-to-date on innovations in their area of expertise. At present, we have a Relationships Champion, an LGBTQ+ Champion, a Staff Champion, a Health and Wellbeing Champion and a Person-Centred Champion. In addition to this, we also have a Client Mentor who delivers peer-based support to fellow Service User.

QUESTIONS?

Contact us today about our services and availability by calling 01273 680084 or by contacting us online.

Meet our leadership Team

Nicolas

Chief Executive Officer

Carmel

Director of Operations

Amber

Registered Manager

caz

Operations Manager

Prioritising the right people for key roles to maximise success 

Tim | PBS LEAD

Following the completion of an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Tim joined Sussex Empowered Living in 2017 as a Support Worker. Since then Tim has returned to university and completed a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and now fulfils the role of PBS Lead. Tim’s highly analytical and calm nature means that he excels in the role and achieves truly exceptional results with those we support.

Lee | Client Mentor

Lee joined Sussex Empowered Living in 2017 and has been a star Service User since day one. They took on the role of Client Mentor and excels at helping other Service Users through peer support. Lee genuinely cares for all people and this is seen in the way they successfully fulfils their role as Client Mentor.

Community Caseworkers

Our exceptional team of Community Caseworkers are the backbone of our success. Each Caseworker has been selected and hired based on their talents and relentless drive to continually improve. Our Service Users succeed because of every Caseworkers’ natural ability to care and their desire to help.

Work For Us

BE A part of something More 

We change lives. You can too. 

We empower individuals every day by providing the necessary support to help them succeed. In order to do this, we need exceptional employees to help lead the way forward. If this sounds like you, check out our current openings today. 

Caz Winter

Currently studying toward achieving a Level 5 Leadership in Health and Social Care Diploma, Caz brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background to her leadership role at Sussex Empowered Living. After receiving a BA in Comparative American Studies from the University of Liverpool, Caz went on to work in both community care and hospital environments across the UK. She then pursued her interest in holistic health and spent several years working in a clinical setting while working towards and completing programmes in advanced clinical massage and yoga teacher training.

She returned to social care in 2018 when she took a role at Sussex Empowered Living. The organisation aligned with her values from the beginning, making it a great fit. She firmly believes in the work that the company is doing because she can see the ongoing progress and independence of Service Users every day. She knows that the Sussex Empowered Living approach gives vulnerable people a chance to shine whatever their background, daily challenges or life goals.

AMBER RODGER

Amber holds a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and has completed Positive Behaviour Support courses with the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis; including the Assessment and Analysis of Severe and Challenging Behaviour, which was an intensive two-week course in Los Angeles, California.

Amber has worked in the care industry since 2006 when she started as a support worker and administrator for a supported living company. In this role, Amber supported adults who had autism, mental health conditions or learning disabilities, and eventually worked her way up to become the Registered Manager. Apart from supported living, Amber also has experience working as a Peripatetic Manager in a residential care setting for adults with profound multiple learning disabilities and as a Registered Manager in a domiciliary care service for the elderly.

When approaching care, Amber firmly believes in the four values of Sussex Empowered Living: innovation, people-power, transparency and consistency. That shared foundation is what led her to become part of our team. Amber knows that Sussex Empowered Living is structured in a way that will truly help people succeed and is committed to supporting the various roles geared towards empowering those we support and the SEL team.

As a life-long resident of Sussex, Amber is proud to be a part of making life better for vulnerable individuals and has done so in many communities. She loves helping people develop and grow by empowering them as they acquire new skills, learn new strategies and progress towards their goals – whatever they may be.

CARMEL ANTHA

Carmel joined Sussex Empowered Living in 2014, bringing with her extensive experience, knowledge and expertise. Alongside an undergraduate degree in Community Theatre and a Level 5 certificate in Health and Social Care Leadership, Carmel holds a Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck University and has over a decade of experience working with individuals with complex needs. A practising psychotherapist specialising in anxiety and depression, Carmel leverages her expertise to ensure exceptional practice.

Carmel has consistently acted on her desire to see equality and diversity in society. This desire for inclusivity is reflected in Carmel’s management approach, which proudly incorporates her knowledge of organisational dynamics gained during her Master’s degree. A champion of positive workplace culture, Carmel works closely with Sussex Empowered Living’s dynamic team, holding psychodynamically informed meetings and professional supervisions to source innovative solutions and ensure a continued high quality of service.

NICOLAS HANCOCK

Sussex Empowered Living was founded by Nicolas in order to champion progressive and truly person-centred support for individuals with complex needs. Nicolas’s commitment to innovation and highly individualised care continues to guide Sussex Empowered Living, which has been operating in Brighton and the surrounding area since 2014.

Nicolas leans on his varied education and experience in his role as Chief Executive Officer. He has travelled extensively, spent time in the RAF, and holds a first-class honours degree in physiotherapy from the University of Plymouth, as well as a nationally recognised clinical excellence award. Nicolas has published respected research in the field of mental rehearsal and prior to his work as a domiciliary care manager and behavioural management instructor, worked as a senior musculoskeletal specialist in the NHS and several private practices. Nicolas currently sits as Co-Chair on the Brighton and Hove Learning Disability Provider Forum.

Nicolas holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Strategic Diploma in Management and Leadership from the University of Brighton. He is also a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® behavioural management instructor with over 10-years of experience in this role. Drawing on these qualifications, Nicolas continues his pursuit of a consistent, honest and innovative service.