Meet the The Cedars Care Home Team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:


Anish Abraham

General Manager

Hello, my name is Anish and I am very pleased to welcome you to our website.

I am very proud of our hard-working team and the fantastic level of person centred care that we offer our residents and loved ones here at The Cedars.

We have a beautiful environment and are fortunate to be located in stunning grounds with the New Forest nearby. We ensure that our hospitality services are second to none and offer a rich and varied life enrichment programme.

I qualified as a nurse in 2009. I started my career back home in India for few years before coming to the UK in 2013. I quickly found my passion for elderly care and felt a great sense of achievement when helping others live to their best potential.

I look forward to meeting you soon and welcoming you to our beautiful home.

Ruby Malaya

Cinical Head of Unit

Hola! I graduated as a nurse in the Philippines in 2010, I then came to the UK in 2014 to pursue my career. I joined Cedars in 2022 as a Clinical Head of unit.

I feel such joy when I'm helping the residents to ensure their overall well-being, and it’s a great feeling going home at the end of the day knowing that I gave my best and helped them feel fulfilment.

In my spare time I enjoy playing with my son and taking him out on new adventures.

Ellie Lukasiuk


Hello, my name is Ellie and I came to the Cedars after leaving to study as a nurse. I then gained my experience in the Intensive Care Unit in the hospital. It was not long before I realised I wanted to go back to my Cedars family.

I have always enjoyed working to empower my elders and give them a good quality of life.

I love being outdoors with my family and creating wonderful food dishes.

Lisa Calvert


Hi,  I have been working in administration for over 10 years. I joined Cedars as an Administration Assistant in February 2022, and progressed to Administrator in July 2022, where I now lead a team of 3 lovely ladies. I am thoroughly enjoying leading such a strong team. Tasks related to administration are often important to keeping a business running efficiently. So, having the responsibility to complete tasks on time and in a quality manner without much oversight is crucial and really rewarding for me personally. Being in administration has many other benefits - I interact on a daily basis with residents, families, staff and the local community which can be really fun.

In my spare time I love looking after my menagerie of animals, horse riding, and mostly just being outdoors! I also love spending quality time with my two children, who like to keep me on my toes!

Angela Cawsey

Activities Cooridnator

My name is Angela Cawsey and I am 60 years young.  I have lived locally to Cedars since 2011, firstly in Downton and more recently in Alderbury.  In the past I have worked with mature people in their homes, and adults with learning difficulties in a number of settings.   During lockdown I ran daily zoom sessions for wellbeing, including bingo and quizzes.

I enjoy spending time with people and helping them smile, whether on a one-to-one basis or in groups.  When my children were young I volunteered as a helper at Boys Brigade and St John’s Ambulance which was very rewarding.

Other jobs I have enjoyed include, selling computers, an IT and Management Trainer, HR and Business Manager and my personal favourite, being Grandma to 8 grandchildren.  I love music, craft, the outdoors and animals. 

David Heyward

Head Chef

Hi, I am Head Chef here at The Cedars.  I have been in the hospitality industry for longer than I can remember!  I am now using my experience and skills to provide nutritious, healthy and exciting food tailored for our residents.

We work with fresh seasonal foods and create menus based on our residents likes and dislikes to ensure a varied diet.

Lee Webb

Head of Maintenance

Lee joined the Cedars in September 2015. He carries out a wide range of duties to ensure our home is safe and secure. He also enjoys a chat with our lovely residents at any opportunity.

Mel Scott

Head of Housekeeping, Speak Up Champion

Hi, I joined The Cedars in April 2020. I enjoy leading the Housekeeping/Laundry team and have an energetic and enthusiastic team, we work closely together, 7 days a week, to keep The Cedars clean, fresh and tidy and ensure it is a lovely Home to be enjoyed by all our lovely residents. I'm grateful for the opportunity to engage every day with our residents and their families. I am also the 'Speak Up' champion for the home. I support staff to 'Speak Up' if they feel they are unable to in other ways, to help protect resident safety and quality of care.

Lauren Speirs

Administration Assistant

I am part of the Administration team here at The Cedars. I will likely be the first person you see as you enter our home, I look forward to warmly welcoming you.

I thoroughly enjoy my job role, it is an excellent opportunity to use my skills whilst supporting the residents and staff in our beautiful home. 

Carol Wilkinson

Senior Care Assistant, Dementia Champion


I started working for Cedars at the beginning of 2019. I have been caring for the elderly community since I was 16 years old and decided to pursue a career in Cedars where I became a Senior Care Assistant. I am also part of the Activities team. I love learning about dementia and how I can benefit those diagnosed and this led to me being a trained  Dementia champion for the home. 

I implement many different ideas, improving the quality of care for our residents. My focus is inclusion and making sure all residents are included in everything, not only to enable them to feel independent and purposeful but also so that they are not inadvertently excluded by others.

When I am not at work I enjoy Arts and Crafts, Vintage/Antique Fairs, Indian head massage and Reiki.

Helen Marzall

Care Assistant

Helen joined The Cedars in 2003 as a Care Assistant, she is kind, caring and enthusiastic. She also works as part of the Hospitality team as a hostess, she is dedicated to maintaining a positive, supportive and enjoyable dining experience for pur residents at Cedars.

Housekeeping Assistant/Dementia Champion

Housekeeping Assistant

My name is Sarah and I joined Cedars in 2021 as a housekeeping Assistant. I love cleaning but I also enjoy listening to the interesting stories of the residents and getting to know them and their families.

I am one of the Dementia Champions for the home. My specialist Dementia training enables me to make a difference every day with my knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for our residents living in our memory lane community. 

I have an allotment so when I am not working I am busy with my vegetables and enjoy spending quality time with my daughter.

Sharon Dyer

Care Assistant

Hello, I have been part of the Cedars care team for 17 years. I wouldn't work anywhere else. I love my job and wouldn't change it for the world. It's very rewarding and I love befriending the residents and hearing all their stories. 

In my spare time I like relaxing at home and going for walks with my dogs.

Kelly Cooper

Care Assistant

Hello, I have been working at Cedars since 2007 as a care assistant. I feel a sense of great achievement knowing that I have helped others to get the most out of their day. I believe in strong, family values and will always help my residents remain close to their loved ones.

In my spare time I enjoy grey hound racing.

Angela Pain

Care Assistant

Hi, I have worked for Barchester as a Care Assistant since 2019 and joined the friendly care team at the Cedars in the summer of 2021. I enjoy being a Carer as I like helping others and feel a huge sense of satisfaction when I go home at the end of the day.

When at home I enjoy knitting and walking.

Aaron Grant


Aaron has worked in the care industry since 2013, he started out as a care assistant but then transferred into the food department as he found he had a passion for cooking food and promoting peoples’ well-being.

In his spare time, Aaron likes to spend time with his partner and children. They enjoy going out when the weather is nice and relaxing together as a family.

Ian Dyer

Housekeeping Assistant

I am part of the Housekeeping team. We take pride in making Cedars a clean, tidy, cosy and welcoming environment for residents and their families. I know the residents well and enjoy daily, fun and friendly chats. I'm always smiling and thoroughly enjoy my work.


Helen Bright

Administration Assistant

Hello, I am an Administration Assistant here at The Cedars. Since October 2022 I have enjoyed working within the Admin team helping our residents and their families. I moved to the local area recently and enjoy exploring the local countryside with my dog, Wilfred. I also enjoy DIY, sewing and gardening.