Meet the Dudwell St Mary Care Home team

From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:

Kirsty Heaver

Acting General Manager

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I am the Acting General Manager here at Dudwell St Mary. Welcome to our website!

I began my career in the care industry in 1997, working in a small private care home for 17 years, which I enjoyed every day. I provided individualised care, support, social interaction, comfort & compassion to residents.

In 2003, I decided to study Nursing at Brighton University, as it had been my ambition since an early age. I continued to work at the care home during evenings & weekends, throughout my training, and received my nursing qualification in 2006. Becoming a nurse gave me such fulfillment, along with a great responsibility, which made me extremely proud about what I do.

I love to spend time with my family & friends and I also enjoy travelling. I played football for 15 years in a woman’s team, but I’ve hung the boots up now!

Joao Carvalho

Joao Carvalho

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Joao, and I am the Deputy Manager here at Dudwell St Mary.

I have been working for Barchester Healthcare since 2011. I started as a Nurse and progressed to the role of Head of Unit, then to Deputy Manager. My position involves supporting residents to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible at Dudwell St Mary.

I loved my job and enjoy team work; I am always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the care and support we provide exceeds the expectations of those we care for and their loved ones.

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Soraia Cunha

Soraia Cunha

Clinical Lead

My name is Soraia Cunha and I have been a part of Dudwell's family since 2011. I started my role as an RGN, and I am currently a Clinical Lead. As part of my role I ensure that the care that our residents receive is of highest standard and is delivered in a person centered approach. I believe in working as a team and I enjoy working alongside my team, providing support and guidance when needed.I really enjoy what I do and I always try to make sure everybody in our home is safe and happy. In my free time I enjoy travelling and being in contact with nature.

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Sylvia Jitaru

Sylvia Jitaru

Clinical Lead

I have been part of Barchester since 2015, working as a Nurse here at Dudwell St Mary. I am part of an extraordinary team that succeeds in this challenging, but very rewarding environment. In October 2018, I was promoted to the role of Head of Unit, and then to Clinical Lead in 2019. I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of residents each and every day.

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Caroline Morley

Caroline Morley

Administrator

Hi, my name is Caroline, and I joined the team here at Dudwell in February 2011. My role as Administrator involves managing payroll, accounts and HR, in addition to the financial and business systems in the home, working closely with the General Manager.

I enjoy meeting residents old and new, along with their loved ones, and building these relationships. 

I am supported by two members of the admin team to ensure that we deliver a high standard of work.

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Christina Diss

Christina Diss

Head Chef

Tina has been Head Chef at Dudwell St Mary for fifteen years and enjoys cooking for the residents, especially when there are themed lunches and special functions. Prior to coming to Dudwell Tina worked as a Chef in Hotels in Bexhill and Battle. Tina has also guided her team to achieve the Environmental Health Service 5 Stars in food hygiene.

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Jay White

Head Housekeeper

Hello my name is Jay, and I joined the team here at Dudwell St Mary as Head Housekeeper in December 2019, and am responsible for all housekeeping and laundry staff.

 I have previously worked in the care industry for 10 years now and bring a wealth of experience to my current role.  I am looking forward to forging new relationships with residents and families to ensure their rooms are as comfortable and as homely as they could be.

I take great pride in what I do and am enjoying my role.  I work within a great team and friendly environment and together we work hard to ensure that the home is kept looking beautiful and clean.

When I am not at work, I enjoy being with my 2 young children who keep me very busy with little time for hobbies!

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Rosalyn Everton

Rosalyn Everton

Senior Care Assistant

I am one of the Senior Care Assistants at Dudwell St Mary and have worked for Barchester for ten months. I am enthusiastic about the care I give and always ensure that residents are happy. I enjoy working at Dudwell – the team are brilliant and so supportive. I’m very happy to be working here.

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Martin Roux

Martin Roux

Maintenance Manager

My name is Martin Roux and I joined Barchester Health Care in 2004 and now and am considered 'part of the furniture'. Before coming to the UK I was a Captain in the South African Army, a role that I loved and enjoyed. During my time at Dudwell, I have obtained an NVQ 3 in Site Supervision and other qualifications too many to mention to enable me to do my job with confidence and pride. As part of my role I ensure that the environment and quality of our buildings are safe, maintained at the highest standards.

In my time away from work I enjoy spending time with my family (wife and my son). I also enjoy a game of Rugby and before having my family, I was passionate of long distance running!

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Debbie Pilbeam

Debbie Pilbeam

Administration Assistant

I have worked at Dudwell St Mary for ten years in my role as Admin Assistant/Receptionist and in that time I have seen Dudwell change and grow. 

My role involves working with both staff and residents and is very busy and varied but I really enjoy being in the Reception meeting and greeting both Residents and their families. I enjoy my job very much and I am lucky to work with a really good bunch of people.

I work part time which enables me to spend time with my lovely family and indulge in my love of horses and dogs and anything to do with the great outdoors.

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Glenda Mills

Glenda Mills

Care Practitioner

I have been working at Dudwell St Mary for over 20 years and have gained both an NVQ level 2 and level 3 in Care during this time. I became a Team Leader in 2016, and I am now a Care Practitioner. I have two daughters, the youngest of whom works here as well as a Care Assistant!

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