Sunrise of Eastbourne

Meet Our Team

One of the reasons why every Sunrise is much more than just a care home is the team of people working there. Every hour of every day, Sunrise team members are working to make sure that our residents enjoy life as fully as possible. Here are just a few of the people you’ll find at your local Sunrise care home.

Ian Turnbull, General Manager

Ian TurnbullI joined a very supportive team at Sunrise of Eastbourne in July 2019. My background is mainly in hospitality having spent 30 years working within the hotel sector before transferring those skills to an independent retirement community. I am looking forward to working alongside the dedicated team in Eastbourne to make the residents daily life as fulfilling and active as we possibly can, ensuring we offer the very best care and exceptional service within their home.

Nancy Walford, Deputy Manager

Nancy WalfordWhen I  joined  Sunrise in 2016 initially working  as a Nurse it was love at first sight! When I first walked into Sunrise it felt like “coming home” a unique and special place who’s ethos and unique approach to care shone out and I instantly felt part of something special. Moving on to become Reminiscence Coordinator I led  an amazing team in the Memory Care Neighbourhood who are dedicated to providing enriched  person centred care in a unique, stimulating and safe environment, together we reached dizzy heights winning a National Care award for Resident Engagement in 2017 and becoming finalists in the National Dementia Awards  for the Best Dementia Team! Now as Deputy Manager of Sunrise of Eastbourne I strive every day to ensure we are and will always be a special place and a happy home. Our Residents are truly inspirational and make everyday a joy. I am proud to be part of a passionate team who endeavour to lead the way as a centre of excellence in care. At Sunrise of Eastbourne the sun is always shining...

Daniel Rigway, Director of Community Relations

Daniel Ridgway

I joined Sunrise of Eastbourne in November 2019 after 15 years in Hospitality and Independent living settings, I enjoy coming to work every day and seeing how our care teams work has had such a massive impact on every resident every day. The best part of my role is welcoming both potential residents and their families to the community and ensuring all aspects of the move in process and beyond goes smoothly.

Tom Niedzialkowski, Activities & Volunteers Co-ordinator

Tom NiedzialkowskiAt Sunrise we all feel like we are part of one family, focusing on heartfelt care and a genuine passion for seniors. Our activities calendar is carefully planned to ensure each resident has an opportunity to take part in a variety of meaningful activities that enrich the mind, body and spirit. As a team we help our residents to embrace each day to ensure it is filled with purpose and laughter. Every month we put on themed events that bring our residents together with their friends and families. I joined Sunrise in January 2013 and every day is still filled with happy daily surprises.

Romanita Nita, Assisted Living Co-ordinator

Romanita NitaI have been a nurse for 20 years and before I left Romania I was the Occupational Health Nurse for a Petroleum/Chemical Company. In 2010 I came to the UK and joined Sunrise in 2012 as a Bank Nurse. I was so impressed with the beautiful environment, the calm and welcoming atmosphere and the Sunrise ethos of care that I joined the company as a full time Wellness Nurse. In 2015 I stepped up for six months into the Assisted Living Coordinator role before being appointed permanently.

I enjoy leading a team of dedicated nurses and care assistants who want to ensure our residents lives are fulfilled to the best of their abilitie. No two days are the same and I enjoy caring for our seniors and seeing them flourish. It is so rewarding when new residents arrive and I watch them make friends and start enjoying the many activities on offer and the fabulous food as they become part of our Sunrise family.

Kayleigh Dale, Reminiscence Co-ordinator

Kayleigh Dale

I have spent my working life in the care industry. From 18 onwards I worked in various nursing homes as a care assistant. I qualified as a nurse in 2012. Very early on whilst working as a nurse in the hospital setting I realised my love for dementia nursing and became the dementia link nurse for my ward. I came to Sunrise in 2016 and have worked on our Reminiscence Neighbourhood as a nurse until January 2020 when I was promoted to Reminiscence Coordinator. I thoroughly enjoy my job, being able to ensure our residents receive the best personalised care and also building relationships with the residents and their families. I love that Sunrise is at the forefront on Dementia care and enjoy seeing the benefits it has on our resident’s wellbeing.

Dean Haffenden, Dining Services Co-ordinator

Dean HaffendenI joined the Sunrise of Eastbourne team in June 2013. I have been in the catering trade for 25 years; 14 of which have been spent providing nutritious meals in the care industry. With dining being a key element of everyday living, I am passionate about delivering quality and appetising meals to all of our residents whatever their needs might be.

After 7 years as Cluster dining services coordinator I have now had promotion to Head of Hospitality Services looking after all aspects of the Hospitality at Sunrise of Eastbourne.

In 2015, Dean's dining team won the coveted National Association of Care Catering's award for Care Establishment of the Year.

Tracy Wooten, Lead Concierge

Tracy WootenI'm extremely proud to be part of a very successful team and enjoy playing a part in making a difference to our residents and their families lives.

Alice Robertson, Occupational Therapist

Eastbourne - Alice Robertson I have been an Occupational Therapist for 13 years working predominantly with those who have severe physical disability, neurological illness and acquired brain injury. I joined Eastbourne Sunrise team in October 2018 as an Occupational Therapist undertaking research into the introduction of cognitive rehabilitation therapy. This is aimed at maximising the independence of Sunrise residents. I feel very fortunate being involved with this project, particularly within such a warm and welcoming environment.

Kevin Roberts, Therapy Assistant

Kevin RobertsHi I'm Kevin, I have worked at Sunrise of Eastbourne for 10 years, in the Reminiscence community as a lead care assistant.I have been asked to be part of different pilot schemes to help enrich resident's lives who are living with dementia. At the moment we are working with Exeter University who are researching the benefits of different therapies such as Cognitive Stimulation, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Reminiscence therapy and Multi-Sensory Activity (NAMASTE) which is really interesting and fun. Which covers many different levels of people's abilities from early onset to the later stages of dementia. There's lot of new learning for me and the care team, and seeing positive results and how it is enriching our resident's lives is making my role as a therapy assistant a very rewarding role, and gives a new perspective of care for the future carers.

Care Staff

Championing the quality of life for all seniors - it’s the mission and responsibility of every Sunrise team member. To achieve that, we invest in our care team. New team members complete a comprehensive Sunrise training curriculum focused on the care and wellbeing of our residents.

New team members receive

60+ hrs

of training in their first 30 days
Leaders receive an additional

72+ hrs

of training to help teams meet Sunrise standards
200k+ hrs

of continuing education for Sunrise team members each year
We adjust staffing

365 days

a year based on the number of residents and care needed

Where to Find Us

6 Upper Kings Drive,

Eastbourne, East Sussex,

BN20 9AN
New Enquiries: 01323 405 808 Friends and Family: 01323 525 000