Senior Management

Andy Winter

Andy WintersChief Executive

Andy Winter has worked for BHT since 1985 and has been Chief Executive since 2003.

For many years he had overall responsibility for BHT’s alcohol, drug and mental health work, and published research into suicide and drug related deaths.

Andy has a passion for continuous improvement in services, and has enthusiastically embraced social media as a means for exploring ideas, receiving feedback, and for engaging with new people.

He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Development, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a member of Sussex County Cricket Club. South African by birth, he was a conscientious objector, moving to England in 1979 to avoid conscription into the apartheid army.

David Chaffey

Director of Housing and Property Services

David Chaffey has worked in housing for thirty years in both local authorities and housing associations predominantly in housing management, lettings, repairs and more latterly leading on resident involvement.

He served as a Board member of Sussex Oakleaf, who specialise in mental health provision, for fifteen years from its inception.  David also has a degree in Economics and Politics and is a Fellow of the CIH.

Sunil Desai

Director of Finance & Resources

Sunil Desai is a CIPFA qualified accountant, with several years’ experience working in senior finance roles in large, complex and transforming local authorities.

He has specialised in housing finance and enjoys the satisfaction from improving service standards for residents and staff. Sunil has a successful track record, working collaboratively with service managers so they can make informed decisions about delivering value for money at a local level.

In his spare time he enjoys voluntary activities such as the London Ambassador programme, Sports Relief and fundraising activities. He also enjoys managing and coaching a local Colts’ cricket team.

Nikki Homewood

Director of Advice and Support Services

Nikki Homewood is a BHT Executive Director with responsibility for advice and support services.

Since 2003 she has had overall responsibility for all BHT’s homelessness services, including BHT’s Addiction Services, the Phase One Project (formerly the Regency House Project), and special projects designed to have a high impact on changing the lives of individuals with complex needs.

Previously, from 1987 to 2003, Nikki worked in and managed First Base Day Centre.

Rachael Kenny

Director of Mental Health and Support Services

Rachael Kenny joined BHT in 2020 as Director of Mental Health and Support Services. Prior to this she worked in NHS mental health services in Sussex for 20 years. She is responsible for BHT’s mental health services and for all activities in West Sussex, including those of Sussex Oakleaf that merged with BHT in April 2020.

Rachael has a Masters Degree in Social Work and is committed to putting client’s hopes and ambitions at the centre of service delivery and development.

Jo Berry

Head of Business Development

Jo Berry joined BHT in 2000 and has worked in a number of fundraising-related roles within the organisation over the past 20 years.

Jo has strategic input in the development of new business, income generation and in identifying new funding streams. She leads on the preparation of tenders and funding bids and provides guidance on service development, impact measurement and social value.

She has over 25 years’ experience of fundraising and marketing, and has led on a number of successful bids and campaigns, securing funds from the Big Lottery Fund, European Social Fund, Home Office, Department of Communities and Local Government, and the Heritage Lottery Fund, amongst others. Prior to joining BHT she worked for a fundraising agency on high profile campaigns for national charities including Greenpeace, YMCA and Friends of the Earth.

Daniel O’Connell

Head of Human Resources and Learning and Development

Daniel O’Connell is responsible for ensuring strategic objectives are delivered through Human Resource and Learning and Development strategies, policies and processes to optimise employee engagement and maximise employee effectiveness.

Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in local government and associated employers delivering externally accredited services, transformational change management and successful bids for investment in social housing.

Previous achievements under his stewardship include Investors in People, British Safety Council accreditation and Human Resource service accreditation in the Audit Commission inspection report during Hackney Homes Ltd successful bid for £225m investment fund for Decent Homes. Daniel is passionate about championing and inspiring excellence in people and organisation management and development through collaboration, engagement and purposeful services in an evolving workplace.

Paul Goddard

Assistant Director, East Sussex Floating Support

Paul has extensive experience in supported accommodation services for young people and adults with complex needs.

He has worked for BHT for 14 years, most recently as a Senior Manager for Support Services. Paul is committed to the continuous improvement of services for complex needs clients and the use of psychologically informed practice to support behavioural change.

Paul has a degree in Social Science and Research Methodology and his post graduate studies focused on the impact of problematic substance use issues on individuals and society. Outside of work Paul enjoys physical activities, reading and dancing.

Suzanne Hennell

Senior Manager, Advice Services

Sue has worked for BHT since 2004, initially as a housing adviser and up until recently as East Sussex Advice Manager.

Her current post includes highlighting the need for specialist advice services for residents of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. She has a BA Hons degree from Sussex University in Sociology, which she undertook as a mature student whilst looking after her two children.

Simon Hughes

Senior Manager, Support Services

Simon has worked in homelessness for much of the past ten years; he was manager for BHT’s First Base project from 2009-2017 and has taken a lead role in the development of Dine the social enterprise catering company.

Dine provides work and learning opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness and its profits support the work of First Base.

Simon is committed to creating opportunities for people with experience of homelessness to realise their aspirations through learning, volunteering, and work. He is a member of the planning group for the Practitioners Alliance for Safeguarding Adults, Sussex Police Independent Advisory Group and the South East Coast Ambulance Service Inclusion Hub Advisory Group.

Emma Logie

Senior Manager, Mental Health Services (West Sussex)

Emma has been working in mental health for twelve years across East London and Sussex; she is passionate about coproduction and developing new services.

For five years Emma oversaw community Mental Health services as an Operational Manager including Pathfinder Mid Sussex & Crawley, and Be OK, before becoming a Senior Manager in 2022.

Emma now oversees all mental health support we currently have across the West Sussex area. This includes a secondment to the Sussex Health and Care Partnership as a Third Sector Transformation Systems Lead, promoting coproduction of new and existing mental health services, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

Rebecca Rieley

BHT Senior Manager for the Fulfilling Lives South East Project (job shared with Jo Rogers)

Rebecca leads the Fulfilling Lives South East Partnership’s systems change efforts, working with a broad range of partners to address challenges faced by people with multiple and complex needs.

Rebecca has a background of working at a senior level in the charity sector and prior to Fulfilling Lives, she was the deputy chief executive of a homelessness organisation in London. With a passion for problem solving, she enjoys using systems change theory to find pragmatic approaches to help bring about change. As an On Purpose Fellow, she is also interested in how social enterprise approaches can tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.

Jo Rogers

BHT Senior Manager for the Fulfilling Lives South East Project (job shared with Rebecca Rieley)

Jo joined BHT in July 2014 to begin the implementation of the Big Lottery funded Fulfilling Lives Project, for which BHT is the lead organisation.

Jo has over 16 years experience of working in the homelessness sector in a  variety of settings, including day centres, winter night shelters, street based outreach teams and hostels.

Prior to joining BHT she spent 10 years worked in central London managing rough sleeper outreach teams.

Simon Treen

Senior Manager, Support Services

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in working with young people and residential settings for clients with complex needs. He oversees the Phase One hostel, the Intern Programme and the Hastings Young Peoples Service.

Simon initially came to BHT Sussex in 2011 having previously worked for a local authority and Ofsted. His strong experience in and knowledge of Care Quality Commission standards, Psychologically Informed Environments and Trauma informed Care enables him to ensure staff and clients are supported to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Away from the work environment, Simon enjoys playing the cajon and physical activities, believing a healthy body supports a healthy mind.

Ian Wilson

Senior Manager, Mental Health Services

Ian Wilson joined BHT Sussex in 2016 and has managed two of our CQC registered accommodation services (Archway & Shore House). Ian has extensive experience within the support and social care sector, having worked across supported living, community support, homelessness, residential care and mental health services.

He is the Senior Manager of Mental Health Services with oversight of Archway, Shore House, Route One and Threshold.

Ian is committed to improving the quality of support to those who use mental health services, and has a keen interest in trauma informed approaches, co-production and person-centred support.