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Our management team

Our senior management team meets every month and is responsible, alongside employees in their departments, for delivering our business plan.

Tracy Evans, Chief Executive

Tracy Evans joined Sussex Housing & Care as Chief
Executive in January 2017. She has 30 years experience in housing and support and has worked for a number of housing associations and the Regulator for Social Housing.

Most recently Tracy has held the positions of Housing Director and Head of Housing for Affinity Sutton and Eastbourne Homes.  She is Vice Chair of Sussex Oakleaf, a mental health charity. Tracy has lived and worked in Sussex for 16 years.

Amanda Hodge, Director of Housing and Care

Amanda Hodge joined Sussex Housing & Carein February 2017 as our Director of Housing & Care.  She has nearly 30 years’ experience in social housing, covering housing management, development, housing options working for a number of housing associations (including a national older person’s provider) and two local authorities. 

In her last post at Wealden District Council she carried out a review of the sheltered housing stock which was refurbished and re-branded as Retirement Living.  Amanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing. 

Sarah Roebuck, Finance Director

Sarah Roebuck joined Sussex Housing & Care in January 2017 as Finance Director,  Sarah was previously Director of Finance & Resources at Brighton Housing Trust.  Sarah is a FCCA qualified accountant and has worked in a number of senior posts in a range of sectors including healthcare, education, banking as well as social housing.

Vafa Hurst, Regional Manager - Eastern

Vafa joined SHC in 2003 as a Care Assistant having previously worked as a registered nurse.  Her passion and operational expertise within housing and care has seen her progress rapidly within the organisation. As Regional Manager for the Rother region, Vafa oversees the management of Saxonwood and Ardath care homes and our numerous sheltered and independent schemes.

Diane Knight, Regional Manager - Western

Diane Knight is a highly experienced professional within health and social care. She has 20 years experience as a Care Assistant, 3 years as a Senior Care Assistant, 5 years as a Care Home Manager, 1 year as an Area Manager and 1 year as a Regional Manager. Diane is passionate about providing a good quality of life to all of the residents in her care,coupled with providing an excellent service. Her expertise lies within achieving positive outcomes in difficult situations and relationship building.

Debbe Wordley, HR Manager

Debbe joined Sussex Housing & Care in May 2017. She brings with her seven years experience of  working in the not for profit health and social care sector at RSAS Age Care, as well as experience of working in the commercial sector.

Debbe particularly enjoys working in HR and in this sector, as it's about people and supporting them in their day to day work -  ensuring they have all the correct resources in place to enable them to provide an effective and efficient service to all our service users.

Carl Lewis, Housing Operations Manager

Carl joined Sussex Housing & Care in November 2017. Carl has worked in the housing sector since 2001 with experience working within a large housing association and more recently a local authority. He has extensive experience in delivering of a wide range of housing management services, new homes and in resident and community engagement. Carl's passion is in ensuring residents have their say and are meaningfully involved in influencing the delivery of services.

Paul Williams, Property Services Manager

Paul Williams joined in July 2018 as Property Services Manager. As a property specialist Paul has over 30 years’ experience in repairs, maintenance, adaption, refurbishment and development in both the private and public sectors.

Most recently Paul has held the position of Property Services Team Leader at Wealden District Council and Project Surveyor at Lewes District Council. Outside of work I spend time with my daughter, have two pet lizards and enjoy keeping fit.

Louise Stephens, Finance Manager

Louise joined SHC in April 2015. She is fully qualified AAT and part qualified ACCA with 17 years experience within public and private sectors of the finance industry including manufacturing, banking, education and housing. Although Louise is finance based, she has a particular interest in Dementia care as it is a something close to her heart and as such is a Dementia Friend member.

Outside of work she has an active family life with her two children who enjoy motocross, football and go-karting. Louise also rides motorbikes herself.”