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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Gwen Agbeko

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Gwen and I am the Deputy Manager here at Ashby House. I am a very positive and resilient person and I am always looking for ways to improve both professional and personally. I have worked in care for quiet some time now and have lots of experience across different areas.

I joined Ashby as a Clinical Lead Nurse, then, within 4 months, I was promoted to Deputy Manager. It is my passion to support older people, especially those living with dementia, because no two days are the same. You have to put yourself in their world to be able to understand them.

I enjoy laughing, smiling, encouraging others and I am generally positive about life.

I ensure that the staff team is supervised and supported in every aspect of care, both clinical and otherwise. I am happy to find myself in an organisation with an excellent reputation, with care and compassion at the heart of all its services.

Anytime you're near us, please feel free to drop by for a chat.

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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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Malwina Hamraoui

Activities Coordinator

My name is Malwina and I joined Ashby House as an Activities Coordinator in June 2016. I originally worked nights, where I got to meet many lovely residents and, after one year, I began working day shifts. I quickly realised that this was something I am passionate about; spending time with residents and making sure that they have fun and enjoy themselves at Ashby House is very rewarding.

I enjoy creating themed decorations for special events and baking with residents. It fills me with joy to come to work every day. I believe that, with smiles on our faces, we can make a big difference to the world.

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Kathleen Duggan

Activities Coordinator

My name is Kathleen Duggan and I have been with Ashby House as an Activities Coordinator since August 2017. I enjoy organising different activities and events for the home and I spend a lot of time researching new ideas. I always give my all and stay positive. I am passionate and caring and I love spending quality time with residents and supporting their loved ones. I like to work as a team member and support all the staff and management. Being able to do this role puts a smile on my face because I can make a difference to people's lives.

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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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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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