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:

Beverley Therese

General Manager

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

Becoming a nurse over 40 years ago was the achievement of a childhood ambition to help and care for people professionally. I began my career in Bristol and became a nursing home manager in Kent just over 10 years ago. Having cared for the elderly for most of my career, it is my passion and my specialism is caring for people living with dementia.

I enjoy giving the highest standard of care and know that is also what Barchester strives for. I am most looking forward to leading a team and being part of Barchester as a company, whose visions align with mine.

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Syndie Parbhu

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Syndie, and I am the Deputy Manager here at Ashminster.

I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse and previously lead our Memory Lane community, where our team are dedicated to supporting residents living with dementia.

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Sabrina Cox

Head of Unit/Team Leader

Sabrina has worked at Ashminster House since 2008 when she commenced as a care assistant.

She has developed her skills and successfully gained both level 2 and recently level 3 Health and Social Care vocational qualifications.

Sabrina leads our very homely residential dementia unit with her team and is about to commence the Care Practitioner training Programme to enhance her skills.

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Andrea French


I have worked for Barchester since November 2010.  I was an Administrative Assistant at another home until January 2015 at which point I moved to Ashminster House and took up the role of Administrator to join the fabulous team here.  My role mainly consists of HR, Payroll and Accounts although my day can include far more variety, including chatting with our lovely Residents.   I have 20 years Admin Experience and have achieved  NVQ II in Business Administration and GCSE/AS Level in Accounting.

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Elaine Hilden

Activities Coordinator

I have worked at Ashminster house since 2003, first as a carer and then progressed to an Activity co-ordinator. I have a wealth of experience as well as NVQ's in Health & Social care, Activities in the care setting & Dementia.

I am passionate about fulfilling resident's everyday life skills, by getting to know the individual residents, with a person centred approach, finding out about their experiences & expressing those, for example, through reminiscing with items of old.

My hobbies include antiques, dogs & spending time with my family.

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Neil Swithenbank

Maintenance Manager

I joined the team at Ashminster house in January 2015. I was a Divisional Maintenance Champion at this years Barchester Care Awards. My main responsibility is to maintain the home to the highest standard, providing a safe and comfortable environment in which to live and work. This is a great role that makes every day different. I can be fixing leaks, changing light fittings, working in the garden or helping families personalise Residents rooms, and that's just the morning!

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Derek Alldridge

Head Housekeeper

I am the Head Housekeeper for Ashminster House and have been with the home for seven years.

My role is varied and includes making sure high standards of cleanliness is maintained. 

I have a passion for classic & historic cars and am a keen photographer.

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