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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Wayne Hughes

Acting General Manager

My name is Wayne Hughes and I am the Acting General Manager here at Chalfont Lodge.

I have been in the care sector since I finished university and have worked in many varied roles in home care and nursing care. I began work in the caring profession as a domiciliary carer to support me whilst I was in university; I soon discovered that I really enjoyed the work and being able to make people's lives more comfortable and enjoyable gave me a sense of pride.

After leaving university, I was asked to work as a care coordinator in the local home care branch and I rapidly worked my way up the various levels of management and was soon a branch manager of a home care agency. After spending many years managing home care agencies, I felt it was time for a change, and decided to focus on managing residential and nursing homes.

My first posting was at a small 19 bedded residential home in Harrow, where I worked as a deputy manager for the home. I enjoyed the work very much and, once the home's manager was promoted, I became the registered manager of this home at a relatively young age.

Since my first posting in a care home, I have managed a number of establishments in various organisations. I have taken time to cultivate my Continuous Professional Development and, along with mandatory training requirements, I have an NVQ Level 4 in Business Management and a Leadership & Management in Care Level 4.

I have found working at Barchester rewarding and I acknowledge the investment they put into their staff and care homes that ensures the best possible care can be provided.

I am a keen cyclist, breed budgies and currently also have 3 ferrets (Rocky, Flipsy and Squeak).

Please feel free to pop in at any time.

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Ana Jarosz

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Anna and I have been a nurse for over 15 years. I am the Deputy Manager at Chalfont Lodge and started working here in June 2016.

When I first came to Chalfont, I started as the Clinical Lead, and was promoted to Deputy Manager in 2018. I am here to ensure that residents are safe and that we provide the highest standards of care for those we support.

I love being a nurse because it gives me the opportunity to help people live well at a difficult time in their lives.

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Razvan Nica

Head of Memory Lane Community

Hi, my name is Razvan and I am the Head of Memory Lane here at Chalfont Lodge.

I came to England in 2014 as a newly qualified nurse and started working for Barchester. I initially worked in a home in London and, in December 2015, I came to work at Chalfont Lodge. In April 2017, I was offered the opportunity to take over as Unit Manager on our Memory Lane community.

I enjoy spending time with residents and their loved ones. It is really important to me that the whole team works together to create a home from home feeling for everyone we support.

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Simona Anton

Head of Turnberry Community

Hello, I’m Simona Anton and I'm the Unit Manager on our Turnberry community. I’ve been a nurse since 2012 and worked for Barchester since 2015. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of being a nurse, as I thrive on caring for people. I love going home at the end of the day knowing that I’ve helped and supported another person.

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Diana Nica

Head of Sunningdale Community

Hello, my name is Diana, I am the manager for our Sunningdale Community at Chalfont Lodge. I started here in a temporary position as a nurse but I moved to work here permanently as I fell in love all the residents, staff and families. After 4 months I was promoted to be the new Unit Manager. 

I find Chalfont Lodge a very nice place to work, it is welcoming and the people are all very friendly. I love my job because I have a wonderful team who support me and I enjoy spending time caring and laughing with my residents.

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Bijal Sheraji


I joined Barchester in 2012, working at Atfield House as the Receptionist and day-to-day admin tasks. I then went on to work at Chorleywood Beaumont as an Admin Assistant before joining Chalfont Lodge as the Administrator in October 2012.                                   

I enjoy working for Barchester because I love interacting with the residents/relatives and staff. With Barchester, I am continually able to develop my skills and knowledge to work my way up and have had the full support of the Regional Director.

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Greg Gadziala

Head Chef

Hi, I am Greg Gadziala and I have been in the catering business since 2002. I have worked in a variety of places, including pubs and large catering companies.

Throughout the last 15 years, I have been involved in many kinds of catering operations, from running a busy racecourse restaurant to overseeing executive boxes at various football stadiums.

I made the move into the healthcare sector over 5 years ago and there has been no looking back since. I love creating delicious food and have a passion for what I do. I'm very proud to be Head Chef here at Chalfont Lodge and look forward to delivering lots of fantastic food with my team for the people living and visiting the home.

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Mansukh Chander Msc, Bsc, MCSP, ACPIN


Mansukh Chander is a professionally qualified and specialised physiotherapist with a master’s degree in neurological conditions. With her extensive experience in the assessment and management of patients with complex neurological need, Mansukh also provides the evidence based rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatment to orthopaedic conditions together with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, and post-operative care. She uses her knowledge to support other healthcare professional for Botox administration, wheelchair assessments and orthotics.

Mansukh works closely with her clients and their families, as well as other healthcare professional to provide a holistic treatment in order to achieve the maximum functional results and helps client to achieve their goals.

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Mariya Blagova, Mansukh Chander and Pedro Bras

Physiotherapist Team

The physiotherapy service at Chalfont Lodge Nursing home is a private service which provides a high quality care and treatment to our residents. Our welcoming and friendly physiotherapy team works with the clients to achieve the best possible results whilst applying specialist skills and expertise. The team maintains a patient centred approach and tailored individual treatment plan. 

Our physiotherapist, Mansukh Chander, is highly qualified and specialised in neurological condition with advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Our team of physiotherapy-assistant works directly under the supervision of our physiotherapist.

Conditions we treat:

  • Neurological Conditions
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Postural strain and muscle imbalance
  • Reduced mobility and functions 
  • Post operative fractures

Our team aims to provide 24 hours postural management to complex disabilities by using various postural techniques in bed and wheelchair. Our physiotherapist liaises with the other healthcare professional for the provision of appropriate equipment (wheelchair, splints and orthotics) to maximise the comfort and recovery. 

Our dedicated team works together to ensure our residents with better experience and possible independence.

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Hayley Helsdown, Lucy Perkins & Alex Perkins

Lifestyle Team

I am Hayley. I have worked in the Lifestyle Team at Chalfont Lodge for 6 years.  I predominately support our Sunningdale community, offering group sessions in the Main Lounge in the morning and spend quality time with individuals of an afternoon.  I have a flair for creating items out of wool and felting personalised accessories for people to wear. 
I find my job extremely rewarding and see such a difference in the individuals I support by engaging them in meaningful, personalised activities. 

Hello, I’m Lucy, I have been at Chalfont Lodge for two years and there is a lovely community here with all the staff teams, residents and relatives working closely together supporting each other.  My main focus is working with people living in our Memory Lane Community who are living with dementia and I cannot imagine a more rewarding job. I spend my days supporting people, ensuring they are occupied and creating a home away from home.

Hi, my name is Alex and I work in the Lifestyle Team here at Chalfont Lodge. I originally started as a volunteer, but liked it so much I didn't want to leave, so I became a permanent member of the team. My favourite part of the job is getting to know the specific interests of the individual residents living in here and helping them continue it at Chalfont Lodge. I get to learn something new, and the resident gets to continue doing something they really love. It's a really great feeling to know you can make such a difference to someone's day.

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Jacqui Wilkie


Hi, my name is Jaqui and I’m the Hairdresser here at Chalfont Lodge. I’ve been a hairdresser for over 30 years. Come and see me on a Monday or Wednesday for a cut, trim or blow dry and we’ll have a good ol' pamper session!

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Rita Kirby and Sarah Ripacandida

Housekeeping Heads of Departments

Hi, I'm Rita Kirby, I've been with Chalfont Lodge for 17 years. I worked for 10 years in the kitchen and have spent the last 7 running the laundry.  It always makes my day when I'm popping in and out of resident’s rooms and I get to chat to people and find out how they are.  This is like my second home, 3 of my children have all worked here in various roles. The most special thing for me about Chalfont Lodge is the family atmosphere. 

I'm Sarah Ripacandida, I've worked at Chalfont Lodge for 16, I enjoy my role as Head Housekeeper because I take pride in the appearance of the home and I enjoy making a difference to people's lives. I've seen many changes over the years I've worked at Chalfont Lodge but the one consistent thing is the family atmosphere created by the staff, residents and relatives.

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Jackie Bowers


Hello my name is Jackie and I am a receptionist at Chalfont Lodge. I have been a member of the Chalfont Lodge Team for 2 years and I have enjoyed every minute. No two days are the same and the residents keep me on my toes!

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Louise Hamer

Music Therapist

Hello, my name is Louise and I am the Music Therapist at Chalfont Lodge.

If you’re not familiar with music therapy, it is best explained as a person-centered therapy that uses music as the main source of communication.
It is an exchange between two or more people. I offer one to one sessions and group music sessions. During one to one sessions I sing an introductory song which helps with orientation for instance date and time. After that if it’s possible, I offer the person an instrument (usually a percussion instrument) and we have a musical conversation, taking it in turns to play, becoming playful, loud or silent as is appropriate for that resident at the time. We improvise music. We sing songs together or solo. We talk. I encourage movement in the residents’ bodies by asking them to stretch for objects but I mostly encourage the maintenance of mobility in the hands. For some, their music therapy session is a serious time and for others it is a time to laugh about the frustrations of life. For some it is just a chance to listen to music and relax.

Music therapists need an undergraduate degree and a masters degree in order to practice. I am also a member of the HCPC. I play the violin, piano and ukulele and you will no doubt hear me singing somewhere in the building! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

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Tanya Thomas & Deana Aumpu


My name is Deana and I have worked at Chalfont Lodge as a host since November 2017. I enjoy my role as I love to meet all the residents and I get to have lovely chats with them throughout my working day. 

Hi, I'm Tanya. I've worked here as a Hostess for over 10 years. I love the residents and spending time making sure everyone feels special each day. I am currently going to night school, following my dreams and learning how to be a pastry chef.

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Penny Nielsen

Pet Therapist

Hi, my name's Penny and I’m the Pet Therapist – or ‘PAT’ dog – here at Chalfont Lodge.

My expert skills include: pro tail wagging, master of finding crumbs and captain of 'puppy dog eyes'.

I’m a Miniature Dachshund and I’m the smallest of all my brothers and sisters, so if you can’t tell, I’m pretty tiny!

I love coming to Chalfont Lodge every other Tuesday for lots of hugs from all my favorite aunts and uncles.

I’m definitely the most qualified for the job here at Chalfont Lodge, so don’t you worry, I’ll make sure every ‘cat person’ changes their minds and realizes why us dogs are called ‘man’s best friend’

So next time you’re around, come and say hello; you’ll usually find me lying on my back waiting for an innocent passerby to give me a tummy rub!

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