Staff and Volunteers

John Patience

Chief Executive

Dr John Patience has been the CEO of The Nehemiah Project for the past five years. John has been fascinated by behaviour change for many years, initially in what initiates this change and then later in how this interacts within complex social systems. His doctorate was from The University of Brighton in 2008, ‘The complex interplay of factors involved in sustaining the tenancies of long-term alcohol misusers’. Prior to this he was the Communities and Partnerships Manager at Brighton & Hove Drug and Alcohol Action Team. The DAAT provided independent advice to the main partners in the city, on all issues related to substance misuse. John’s expertise and pleasure was to support and develop services to families and communities affected by addiction. By 2009 the team had taken their community model to 18 different communities within the city. Analysis of the data demonstrated substantial reductions in both actual and perceived concerns. The model was the basis for the Home Office Good Practice Guide ‘Reducing drug and alcohol harms to communities and families’ April 2010. The guidance was written and edited in Brighton & Hove. He was a member of the Home Office Knowledge Group (2011).
John’s original degree was in Geology and he worked as a geologist in the in the Oil Industry for 10 years. He changed career in 1988 and joined Brighton Council as General Manager of their Housing department to set up their first decentralised, one stop office. His career in Brighton & Hove Council was primarily within public sector housing. Joining Nehemiah brings together both his housing and substance misuse experience.
John is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 


Adrienne Sissuh

Supported Housing Manager





Carmen Tracey

Supported Housing Worker - A New Future





Kameika Maxwell-Simpson

Supported Housing Worker -  Referrals





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Jason Hudson

Supported Housing Worker





Akwa Bestman

Administrator - Supported Housing Officee





Tracey Thomas

Office Manager / PA





Lorna Hawthorne

Operations Manager





Sabina Willey






Abiodun Opaleye

Trainee Support Worker