Sunrise of Edgbaston

Meet Our Team

One of the reasons why every Sunrise home 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.

Nick Drinkwater, General Manager

Nick DrinkwaterI qualified as a registered nurse eleven years ago and spent six years in a management position within various parts of the NHS within Birmingham. I made the transition to the private sector in 2017 as a deputy manager and progressed to General Manager. As General Manager it is my responsibility to provide strong and focused leadership to ensure the highest standards of care are delivered. My role at Sunrise Senior Living gives me professional satisfaction allowing me to build meaningful, caring relationships with my residents, and their families and friends.

Michelle Bywater, Deputy Manager

MichelleHi my name is Michelle and I am the Deputy manager here at Sunrise of Edgbaston. I have been a Registered Nurse for 18 years, many of these spent within aged care and Clinical Training. I like to think I'm very approachable and operate an open door policy so please feel free to drop by my office when you visit the home for a chat or any questions you may have.

Debbie Bennett, Reminiscence Co-ordinator

Debbie BennettBefore coming to work at Sunrise Senior living I worked as a regional Wellbeing and Dementia Services manager for a company of care homes. I’ve also spent several years working for the Alzheimer’s Society where I supported a team to work with more complex dementia needs within the community. All of my roles have involved working with anyone who has been affected by a diagnosis of dementia including their families and other health care professionals.

Before working at the Alzheimer’s Society, I have worked for the NHS for many years working in a hospital environment and community-based settings. This included working with older adults who had complex needs such as dementia.

I also have a personal experience of caring for a family member, my mother who was diagnosed with dementia at an early age. I feel that this has given me a valuable insight which I will being to my new role.

Iram Iqbal, Floor Manager

Iram IqbalPrior to joining Sunrise I completed a BA (Hons) in Early childhood studies and then went onto completing my PGCE at University of Birmingham, I soon realised that my passion was within the care industry after caring for a loved one. I have worked for Sunrise Senior Living since 2012, having had the pleasure of working in a number of communities in different roles. Starting of as a care assistant then a Senior Care Assistant, shortly after took on the role as senior wellbeing assistant and then progressed onto becoming am assisted living coordinator. I have always pushed myselfwithin my career and with my vast array of knowledge, experience and attributes I progressed onto becoming the Unit Manager here at Sunrise of Edgbaston. I am extremely passionate about my role and set high standards in delivering excellent quality person centred care to our residents. I take great pride to be a part of such a prestigious organisation and working alongside Sunrise's core values and principles of service. It is an absolute privilege to be a part of such an amazing team, together we will champion the quality of life for all seniors which takes centre place in all our hearts.

Amanda Watson, Floor Manager

Amanda WatsonI have been working for Sunrise Senior Living for 6 years. I started as a care assistant then progressed to senior carer and with the support of the team here I have gained my NVQ 5 in health and social care management. I have further progressed in my career and now enjoy my role as Floor Manager and love helping my team to deliver the best possible care we can, therefore ensuring our residents live a happy and fulfilling life at Sunrise of Edgbaston.

Sam Smallword, Dining Services Co-ordinator

Edgbaston - Sam Smallword As a founder team member of Sunrise of Edgbaston, I have successfully and happily worked my way up from Chef to Dining Services Co-ordinator. Throughout my 12 years service; I have worked alongside a dedicated kitchen team who take pride in providing a high standard of food and service for our seniors. I have taken part in the NACC Awards for National Care Chef of the year for which I received 3rd Prize. All our menu's are nutritionally balanced and I thoroughly enjoy cooking from fresh produce. I love my job.

Kelsey Green, Activities Co-ordinator

Kelsey GreenI have worked at Sunrise since 2014 and recently been promoted to activities co-ordinator. This gives me immense pride to continue to encourage independence with all my wonderful residents. 

We are all part of the Sunrise family and our residents smiles and laughter makes every day special.

Zoe Doherty, Director of Community Relations

Zoe DMy role at Sunrise of Edgbaston is to liaise with families who are considering care for their loved ones. During this often difficult time I am there to listen and support their needs throughout the process. I really enjoy seeing the residents settle into life here at Edgbaston and it is fantastic to see new residents start to enjoy a more fulfilling and meaning life here. That is the best part! For more information on Sunrise of Edgbaston you can contact me on 01214 680 648.

Manisha Patel, Business Office Co-ordinator

Manisha PatelSince starting at Sunrise in 2014, I have become a core member of the HR team here. My main role as a Business Office Coordinator is to assist managers with HR queries, recruitment and managing employee well-being. I also support with resident's billing and financial matters and often act as the first point of contact for staff or resident queries. Prior to joining Sunrise, I completed a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management at the University of Wolverhampton. Since then I have worked in a number of healthcare organisations before joining here. I love working as a part of a dedicated staff network here at Sunrise of Edgbaston where we are like one big family. We take pride in caring for the needs of our residents and their family members. We treat all of our residents with dignity and respect.

Debbie Barr, Lead Concierge

Debbie I have been at Sunrise of Edgbaston for 5 years now. I am the first person people usually meet when they arrive here. I love welcoming new families and residents into the community and I feel privileged to help and assist the current residents too. It is a paced faced role and I love the variety the role gives me every day.

Lorraine Smith, Head of Housekeeping

Lorraine  SmithI started working at Sunrise in 2008 at our then Knowle community as a housekeeper, since then I have progressed to Head of Housekeeping, which I love. I have been here at Edgbaston for 5 years and nothing is more rewarding than making a positive contribution to the daily lives of each and every one of our residents. I have a dedicated team of housekeepers and laundry assistants that provide excellent service, hard work and dedication in order to serve the residents and ensure that the community represents caring and compassionate care within a beautiful environment at Edgbaston. Edgbaston is a very caring community of which I am happy to be a part of.

John Hopewell, Maintenance Co-ordinator

John HopewellI started with Sunrise of Edgbaston in April 2007 and haven't looked back, we have a great team and lovely Residents. Interacting with residents and family members makes a difference not only to our Residents but to me also, a simple job of hanging a few pictures brings a smile to the residents face makes it all worthwhile. I can honestly say I enjoy and love every day I'm at work and even keep in touch when I'm on holiday just to make sure all is well. I'm looking forward to meeting our next Residents and family members to Sunrise of Edgbaston.

Charles Cameron Baker, Resident Ambassador

Resident Ambassador - EdgbastonI was born in 1940 in Birmingham, my father was a consultant ophthalmic surgeon and my mother was a housewife. I attended Bournville infants and junior school and then onto Bromsgrove school, where I became head boy. I then gained a place at Keble College, Oxford, to read classics after my master's I was successful in receiving my diploma of education. I moved to Sheffield and taught at King Edwards V11 School where I eventually became Deputy headmaster. I was then promoted to Headmaster and moved to Lordswood School in Edgbaston. I married Sue who was a senior sister at St. Marys hospice, Selly park. We both came to live at Sunrise of Edgbaston a few years ago, sadly Sue is no longer with us. Edgbaston is my home and I've enjoyed every part of my role as resident ambassador. This involves meeting and greeting visitors and potential new residents, assisting with interviews to represent my fellow residents during the recruitment process. I really feel I am part of a team and thoroughly enjoy every minute.

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

5 Church Road,
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 3SH