Jennifer Twist, CEO

Jennifer TwistJennifer joined Care for the Carers in 2006, becoming CEO in 2012. Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience of working with carers, partners and stakeholders to champion carers’ rights and achieve the services and support that they need and deserve. Throughout her career, she has focused on care, working in both voluntary and commercial sectors, and particularly specialising in caring for vulnerable older people and supporting unpaid carers.


Senior Management Team

Sarah, Director of Services

Sarah joined Care for the Carers in December 2022. She has over 35 years’ experience working in social care and the voluntary sector. Most recently, Sarah ran a Brighton advocacy charity supporting adults with learning disabilities and is driven by ensuring that vulnerable people in our society get the support they need and are entitled to in order to live the best life that they can.  At Care for the Carers, Sarah leads our Direct Services Team who deliver quality support to unpaid carers across East Sussex.


Miriam Wilkinson, Head of Communities

Miriam has been with Care for the Carers since 2022. She has worked in the voluntary sector in Eastbourne and East Sussex for the last 15 years, developing a breadth of experience in working with groups and charities of all sizes. Most recently Miriam has been a senior manager and a CEO at a local Voluntary Action. Miriam’s work is strongly driven by community development principles, with a strong focus on service user voices and a carers led approach to delivering services. At Care for the Carers, Miriam leads our Communities Team, which supports carers through local carers centres, social activities, information, and training for partners and volunteering.

Stephanie Blake, Head of Resources

Stepahnie BlakeStephanie is a fully qualified Accounting Technician and AAT member with more than 10 years’ post-qualification experience. Stephanie’s career started in practice with the management of several nursing homes and later moved to the education sector where she held the position of school business manager. Stephanie’s skills ensure Care for the Carers financial resources are optimised and office systems continue to be efficient and effective.


Staff team

CFTC Operations TeamOur dedicated team of support workers deliver Care for the Carers’ direct services to carers, including Carers Hub, support and advice, groups, training and counselling. The team brings an extensive and varied background of skills and knowledge to their work, including previous experience of advice work in a range of settings, social work, and counselling.

At the heart of our team is a small group of staff dedicated to the running of Care for the Carers as a charity. They work hard to create a welcoming environment at our Carers Centre and keep everything running smoothly behind the scenes, as well as keeping people informed through our social media, website and publications and raising awareness through campaigns and working with community partners.


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