Meet the 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:

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Ana Ciobotaru

General Manager

Hi, my name is Ana, and I am the General Manager here at Ashby House. Welcome to our website!

I graduated nursing school in 2007; adult nursing is a rewarding and challenging career where you have a real chance to make a difference to peoples' lives. I have always been passionate about helping people who are sick, and that's why I have chosen to work in a care home, as I believe that I am providing support for people who truly need it.

In 2011, I came to the UK, where I began working in a nursing home as a staff nurse. I was taught how to take care of people in a 'home environment', which was pleasant and rewarding for both myself and residents. 

It was after this that the NHS healthcare sector started to interest me, so I decided to take on another challenge by working for them.

In 2013, I then realised that I would like to focus my career on management.

I completed my NVQ Level 5 in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care and then joined a company that supported and guided me in my new role as Deputy Nanager. My responsibilities were to offer sustainable support to the General Manager in all areas of the home.

After a short time, I was offered the chance to work as General Manager, which only helped cement the fact that this is what I want to do with my life. This role has been very challenging, but most of all, it has been rewarding - and I love spending time with residents, loved ones and my team.

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Debbie Elsdon

Deputy Manager

I started working at Ashby House in October 2016. I have been an RGN and RMN for over 30 years, so I have extensive experience working with the elderly. I have also been a deputy manager in other care homes. I have completed my End of Life diploma and I am a mentor for students, receiving the Mentor of the Year award in 2016. I am open to any suggestions - no ideas are bad ones, so please let me know!

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Sue Axford


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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Helen Harper

Administration Assistant

Helen joined Ashby House in April 2015. Helen has vast experience in the Administration industry and was previously a Retail Manager.

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Ian Payne

Maintenance Manager

I started at Ashby House in April 2013 as Head of Maintenance. My role is to maintain high standards of repair, decor etc.

Prior to joining Ashby House, I was a School Site Manager which required the same high standards to be maintained.

Outside of work, I am very active and enjoy Windsurfing, Climbing, and I run my own Ju Jitsu club.

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