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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Sandra Verrell

General Manager

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

I have been a Registered Nurse since 1983 and have over 20 years experience of working with the elderly, including more than 15 years as a Care Home Manager. I studied for and obtained my Registered Manager Award in 2004.

At each of the care homes I have worked at, or managed, I feel that I have been able to make a difference to improving the quality of care for residents and have been able to influence other team members to share my passion for high quality care – and this is something that I plan to continue at Ashminster House.

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Syndie Parbhu

Deputy Manager

Syndie is a registered Mental Health Nurse and used to lead our Memory Lane Community, where she and her team are dedicated in supporting residents living with dementia.

Syndie commenced as a Registered Mental Health Nurse at Ashminster House in 2012 and effectively developed her managerial skills, becoming Unit Manager in 2014, and is now second in command.

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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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