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:

Patrick McCrossan

General Manager

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

I qualified as a nurse at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 1988 and spent the next 27 years working in various roles in hospitals looking after acutely ill patients. My journey in the NHS saw me start as a Staff Nurse in General Medicine, moving on to work in the following years in cardiology, renal care, emergency care and care of the elderly.  In the latter stages of my NHS career as a Senior Manager, I focused on the quality of care that was delivered, ensuring that patients received excellent person-centred support.

I left the NHS in 2015 and, in the following years, led two nursing homes to achieving ‘Good’ ratings with the CQC. At the centre of everything I have done is the solid belief that residents deserve the very best we can give, in all aspects of their care, and that this is delivered by a team that is both big hearted and experienced.  

I am excited to be working with a company who lead the field in the care of older people. I want to ensure that all my residents live fulfilled and enjoyable lives in our care. Barchester provides a huge platform to achieve the very best care that can be given.


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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

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

Head of Unit

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 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


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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Kuda Munyira


I joined Dudwell St Mary as an RGN in August 2016. In the years that have followed, I have enjoyed working as part of a diverse and multi-cultural family. There is no better place I’d rather be!

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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

Linda Joined the team as Head Housekeeper in November 2018 and brings a wealth of experience with her to the role. She ensures that all areas of the home, including residents' rooms, are well presented and cleaned to expected standards, and enjoys adding the finishing touches to make the house a home. She loves interacting with all the residents and staff and making Dudwell a home from home.

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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

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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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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