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





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Paul Cachia

Supported Housing Worker

Paul joined Nehemiah in March 2018, bringing with him years of experience working in the alcohol and drugs sector.




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Jason Hudson

Supported Housing Worker

Jason joined Nehemiah in May 2017, bringing more experience of working in prisons and  with wulnerable men to our team.





Akwa Bestman

Administrator - Supported Housing Office





Tracey Thomas

Office Manager / PA

Tracey organises all the Charity's administration and accounts, and keep spending in line. As a CAP Money Adviser, she also takes modules in Budgeting in A New Future, and supports men in understanding and managing their finances.




Lorna Hawthorne

Operations Director

Lorna has worked in various roles at Nehemiah, but as Operations Manager is resonsible for managing the Charity's growth, and the opening of new houses as we extend the work that we do.




Lois Momoh

Development Director

Lois Momoh is the Development Director for The Nehemiah Project responsible for securing income for the organisation. Having worked for over 20 years in the not-for-profit/voluntary sector both in the UK and Nigeria, Lois specialises in major gift fundraising management, with experience in the areas of the arts, homelessness, disability, international relief and development.  





Abiodun Opaleye

Trainee Support Worker




Francis Johnson-Beke

Caretaker, 47 Tooting Bec Gardens

Caretaker - and much more. Francis got everyone dancing at our Summer BBQ and Graduation by performing a song and dance dedicated to the Residents graduating. Francis is a keen football coach and encourages Residents to jon him traiing on Tootin gBec Common each morning, come rain or shine. Francis joined us in Spring 2018 and is making a great contribution to the staff team, as well as being a great support to Residents.