Meet the 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:

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Sam Kirwan

Senior General Manager

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

I started to work in the care industry in 1998; I worked for an organisation called Southdown Housing and supported people with learning disabilities in their own homes – one-to-one – due to the nature of their complex needs. During this time I also supported a woman with mental health needs and became interested in this area, as I would accompany her when attending a day centre once a week. I volunteered to do group work in the day centre and then, when a vacancy became available, I applied for the position and was successful.

I also worked at Brighton Family Service – a family substance misuse rehabilitation unit for parents and children – from 2002 to 2008.

I developed an interest in training and development and I worked for an organisation called Revolutions Training, whom I had completed my NVQ Level 4 and Registered Manager Award qualification with. I worked with them until 2009 when I took the opportunity to become self-employed, and spent the first six months of this managing a day service for people with learning disabilities.

Following this, I then worked freelance as a trainer and an assessor for qualifications in Health and Social Care. I was also the main trainer in dementia qualifications level II and III for a number of organisations across Sussex.

I have also received a Humanitarian Award from the Suffolk Police Constabulary for saving a man’s life in 2013 by administering CPR when he had had a heart attack whilst driving – he lived because of this action. As a result, my partner and I made the front page of the Ipswich Star newspaper for our bravery.

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Joao Carvalho

Deputy Manager

I have been working for Barchester Healthcare since 2011. I started as a Nurse and progressed to the role of Head of Unit and at the moment I am working in Deputy Manager position. My role is to support the families/representatives and make the people who live in our community as comfortable as possible. When the General Manager is away , I am delegated to act in her role and it provides me with the opportunity to exercise my talent and network at a higher level. I am a person who love my job and enjoy team work and going an extra mile to ensure that the care and support of the people who live with us and their families/representative exceed their expectations. 

In my free time I like fishing, cycling and spend time with friends.

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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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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

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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Linda Lawes

Head Housekeeper

My name is Linda and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Dudwell St Mary. I ensure that all areas of the home, including residents' rooms, are well presented and cleaned to expected standards, and enjoy adding the finishing touches to make the house a home. I love interacting with all the residents and staff and making Dudwell a home from home.

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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

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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