Meet the Ashby House Care Home team

Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:

Wojciech Kuczkowski

General Manager

Hello. I am Wojciech Kuczkowski, General Manager of Ashby House Care Home in Milton Keynes.

I always wanted to work in the care and health sector and am delighted to have joined Ashby House in 2020. I graduated from University in Gdansk in 2004 with a degree in Marketing and management. At that time I lived in Poland, but I realised that the world was my oyster and I moved to England in 2005 to gain new professional and personal experiences.

I have now worked in the care sector in England for 15 years, progressing through care roles and for the last nine years I have held management positions in elderly care, with a special interest in dementia care. I continued my professional development and hold a Level 4 Diploma in Health and social care and a Level 4 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

In my daily professional life I aim to serve people well and create a home where every resident and staff member feels happy, healthy and safe. I believe I have the skills and attributes to achieve work and personal goals, being empathic, determined, ethical and a good communicator. I look forward to serving Ashby House residents and welcoming new people - please contact me any time.

In my spare time I enjoy running and my dream is to take part in the world’s largest marathon one day, in New York.

Emma Jane Bvukumbwe

Clinical Lead Nurse

Hi. I'm Emma Jane. I qualified as a nurse in 1998 and have a background of working in hospitals. I enjoy working in a care setting as I can engage with residents and do my best to meet all their needs. People say I am always happy and smiley. In my spare time I like to read, play tennis and spend time outdoors with family and friends.

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Lorna Sherwood

Nurse

Fiona Woodley

Activities Coordinator

Hello. I'm Fiona and I have  worked at Ashby House since 2017, first as a Healthcare Assistant and then switching in November 2019 to the role of Activities Coordinator. I have a passion for working in the care sector and have gained experience of working in an activities role with a previous employer. I have always enjoyed being creative. The best thing about my work is that I can put a smile on people's faces and help them enjoy a variety of interests, old and new. When I’m not at work I love to read, listen to music, and do anything to do with history, especially visiting places of interest. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy eating.

 

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Briony Archer

Activities Coordinator

Hi. My name is Briony and I am an Activities Coordinator at Ashby House.

I ensure that residents have opportunities to socialise, learn, craft, stay active and have fun. With the support of my activities colleagues, we plan a range of daily activities here at Ashby House as well as outings and lunches out when we are able to. We also like to bring the outside in and welcome visitors to entertain us or bring in animals for us to meet. We try to offer a range of activities that enrich residents’ lives, prevent feelings of isolation and look after the mind, body and soul. We are always happy for family members to join in our activities with their loved ones.

At the moment, due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, some of our external activities are not able to take place but we still have indoor activities planned every day and we use the gardens when the weather is good.  There are two of us in the Activities Team and between us we plan activities for seven days a week.

I enjoy spending time with residents and hearing their stories or just having a chat and a cuppa with them.

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Jaeson Byatt

Hello. I am Jaeson, Head Chef at Ashby House. I have 40 years' experience as a chef, having worked in some big hotels and a variety of restaurants. This job offers a unique opportunity to get to know the people I am preparing food for, and this is an element of my role that I love. I always aim to provide the food people like, with plenty of choice, and delicious treats too. I work with the care and nursing teams to ensure the consistency of our meals is enjoyable and safe to swallow for each individual resident. In my spare time I am an artist and a musician - I play the guitar, African drums and didgeridoo.

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Mary Peak

Mary Peak

Resident Ambassador

I was born in Greenock Scotland in the 1920s, and I married my first husband on 12th May 1940. I Have 5 children and have lived in Milton Keynes for over 45 years. My family live here; we are very close and they visit all the time at Ashby.

Myself and my family are very happy with the care and atmosphere here at Ashby. I have settled in well here; the place is fresh, clean and inviting. I have made new friends here and lost some, but unfortunately, that’s life.

As the Resident Ambassador for Ashby, I get to meet new people, talk about the home and represent everyone's interests.

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Desislava Mincheva

Senior Carer

Hello. I am Desi and I joined the Ashby House team in 2019 as carer. I have now been promoted to Senior Carer. My training and experience is working as a Nurse in a hospital in Bulgaria for 10 years and then as a Senior Nurse for a further 13 years. In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music and doing puzzles.

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Anna-Maria Varga

Senior Carer

Hello. I am Anna-Maria and I have been working at Ashby House since 2018. I really enjoy working with residents to make their day as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. I have recently been promoted to Senior Carer and I would like to be a nurse one day. In my spare time I like relaxing at home by doing jigsaw puzzles or watching movies.

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Sue Axford

Sue Axford

Administrator

Sue has worked for Barchester since January 2004 and she has been at Ashby House since June 2010. Her role involves looking after the day to day running of the finances from sales to payroll, supporting the General Manager with the day to day running of Ashby House and supporting staff and relatives/residents within the home.

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Lukasz Skrzyszowski

Lukasz Skrzyszowski

Head of Maintenance

My name is Lukasz and I started my journey with Barchester in June 2018 as Head of Maintenance at Ashby House. 

I am a dedicated, committed and motivated individual who takes pride in his work. I am a confident manager, with a keen understanding of both preventative maintenance schedules and reactive tasks, and I can ensure that issues are resolved in timely manner and to a high standard. I am able to solve problems quickly and always take into account the impact my work may have on residents, and make every effort to reduce it.

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Jeff Peters

Gardener

Hello. I am Jeff and I keep the gardens tidy, safe and looking lovely for residents and their visitors to enjoy. I trained at Shuttleworth College and have experience of gardening at a holiday park and for Age Concern. I love being outdoors and working in this friendly environment. In my spare time I still like to be outdoors and I do lots of walking and cycling.

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01908 448131

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