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
I 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
Hi 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
Before 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.
Amanda Watson, Floor Manager
I 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
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.
Zoe Doherty, Director of Community Relations
My 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!
Manisha Patel, Business Office Co-ordinator
Since 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
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
I 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
I 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, Resident Ambassador
I 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.