Meet the Bryn Ivor Lodge 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:

Liliana Ungureanu

Liliana Ungureanu

General Manager

Hi, my name is Liliana and I am the General Manager here at Bryn Ivor Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I have a degree in Nursing and a masters in Management of Health, a vast experience and knowledge of the care sector and a real passion for delivering high quality care.

I offer guidance to my team of nurses, care practitioners, senior carers and carers to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those we support by providing high standards of care whilst respecting dignity, privacy and wishes in a warm and friendly environment.

My team and I will ensure that each resident and their loved ones are satisfied with our services at Bryn Ivor Lodge.

Michael O'Reilly

Responsible Individual (RI)

Michael O Reilly joined Barchester Healthcare in April 2017 and is the Responsible Individual (RI) for all of our Welsh services. As RI, Michael visits all Welsh services at least every three months and works closely with the home management team and regulators to ensure that the highest quality of care is offered. Michael is very proud to be part of the team.

Michael holds the position as General Counsel and Director of Quality, Risk and Compliance as well as the Company Secretary for Barchester.

Daniela Giuglea

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Daniela and I am the Deputy Manager at Bryn Ivor Lodge. I have been with the home since July 2015, I was promoted to Unit Nurse Manager in the General Nursing Unit in 2020. I have a passion for the care of elderly people and I like to provide a homely atmosphere for residents and their families, whilst also promoting high standards of evidence–based clinical care. We have a fantastic team here at Bryn Ivor Lodge who are all committed to delivering the best positive care to those we support. 

Joanna Buckingham

Residential Head of Unit

I have worked in the care sector for over a decade, progressing from a care assistant to senior carer, and was promoted to residential head of unit in 2019. I am passionate about delivering person-centred care and assist in ensuring our residents have a good quality of life.

Emma Holloway

Emma Holloway

Head of Unit - Tredegar

I have worked in the care sector for many years, working with various people who are on different stages of their dementia journey. I am passionate about giving my resident the best care possible. I have been working for Barchester since 2015 as a senior carer, and was promoted to head of unit in 2019.

Clare Matthews

Home Administrator

Hello, my name is Clare Matthews I started as an Admin Assistant at the Bryn Ivor Lodge Care Home in December 2016 and was promoted to Home administrator in 2022. You can find me in the back office or at reception, I look after the financial side of the home answer the phone calls look after the new starters within the home and provide excellent customer service.

Anna Przybylska

Lead Activities Coordinator

Hello, my name is Anna and I am the Lead Activities Co-ordinator in Bryn Ivor Lodge.

I have a degree In Tourism & Hotel Management, with specialisation in Organising Events & Activities’. I have also finished several courses and training to be able to deliver excellent activities that would work best in care settings.

I have begun my career as Activities Co-ordinator over 15 years ago and gained really good experience working in various care settings.

I am very compassionate about my job and I take great pleasure in helping others and seeing people happy. My main priority is to provide activities tailored to the needs of our Residents. I always make sure all our Residents feel included and interested in the activities our home provides. Nothing is too much trouble for me and I hope our Residents and their family and friends will spend many memorable moments enjoying the activities and events we provide.

Rhys Hone

Head Chef

My names is Rhys and I have been part of the team at Bryn Ivor Lodge since 2019. As Head Chef, my role is to produce a fresh, nutritious and well-balanced menu suited to the needs of each resident. I ensure that the team and I maintain the highest standards and provide a first class dining experience. I enjoy chatting to residents and their visitors and ensuring that they enjoy the food I have prepared. I started out here as a Kitchen Assistant, moving up to Second Chef and finally to Head Chef, learning and developing as I went. I am very proud of what I have achieved at Barchester so far. Outside of work, I am all about music. I am a gigging musician, singer-songwriter, producer and record my own original music. Of course I enjoy cooking and my passion is in Asian Cuisine.

David Grist

Maintenance Manager

Hi, I'm David, the Maintenance Manager at Bryn Ivor Lodge. 

I've been part of this amazing team since December 2019, and I absolutely love working here! I've been in the maintenance industry for almost 20 years, but my experience at Bryn Ivor is unlike any other. I really enjoy interacting with the residents and find it extremely fulfilling to help out wherever I can.

Ella Melesteanu

Admin Assistant

Hello, my name is Ella and I started working at Bryn Ivor Lodge in April 2017 as a Care Assistant. With dedication to care and passion for learning, I was promoted to Senior Care Assistant then Team Leader, being a support to our residents and staff. I have always been keen on understanding and helping individuals with Dementia, this is the reason why I became a Dementia Champion.

Being eager to learn and help more I became Admin Assistant in April 2023 and you can find me in reception answering phone calls, helping with recruitment and ordering and also with staff rotas.

Sophia Reed

Activities Coordinator

Hi, I'm Sophia, the Activities Coordinator at Bryn Ivor Lodge. My top priority is making sure our residents feel happy and cosy in their homes. I'm a super crafty person and love coming up with new and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. When I'm not busy planning, you can usually spot me outside tending to the garden - especially when the sun is shining!