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Eastbourne Road, Polegate, East Sussex ,BN26 5HB

Tel: 01323 483613

Registered Charity No. 1070891

Meet the Team

Our team work together daily to provide the best care and support to our residents and each other.

Each member of our team is commitment to the care of residents, and most have worked with us for a long time, offering residents a continuity of care.  The best way to get to know us is to pop in and meet us in person. If you have any questions then we would be delighted to answer them.

In the mean time, here is a quick introduction to two members of the leadership team. 


Trudi has spent almost 30 years at the Homes, starting as a carer quickly moving into management positions, which she has held for at least 15 years. In addition to having the title of Principal Care Manager, Trudi is also the Registered Manager.


The ties Trudi has with the Homes are too great to mention. She has lived in the Homes for almost all of her career, got married in the Homes and puts her daughters to work there when needed. Even her mother gets roped into the fundraising events.

Trudi holds the City & Guilds Advanced Management for Care and NVQ Registered Managers Award but her biggest assets to the Homes are her experience in the sector as well as the Homes.

Principal Care Manger

Trudi Knight

Dirk joined the Homes in 2010 for a period of 2 years and is still there after 9 years, loving every minute. He has the title of Business Manager but is also the Responsible Person when it comes to CQC.


Dirk is responsible for strategy and business operations and processes and helps Residents with any computer issues.  He is extremely proud that over 30% of the Residents are connected to the internet in some way, from a simple weekly Skype call to Residents with laptops, PCs and tablets.

Dirk holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics and has many years of experience managing a wide range of companies. BBCH is his first experience in care but he is a quick learner.

 Business Manager 

Dirk van Dijl