Meet the Hunters 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:

Ciprian Groza

General Manager

Ciprian joined Barchester in 2018 and became Clinical Lead in October, before being promoted to Deputy Manager in 2019 and appointed General Manager in December 2019.

He started nursing in 2012 in A&E, later moving to Swindon to work as an RGN. He monitors and maintains care standards within the home to ensure best practice and the delivery of excellent care. He oversees clinical practice and provides support and supervision to registered nurses and the care team. Ciprian aims to build a strong and dedicated team to provide person-centred care for all residents, where they are treated with respect and dignity.

Iulia Cotet

Deputy Manager

Julia Cotet is the Deputy Manager at Hunters. She qualified as a nurse in 2008, moving to the UK in 2013 where she continued her career nursing in elderly care. Julia began working at Hunters in 2016, becoming Clinical Lead and this year taking on the role of Acting Deputy Manager. Julia oversees clinical standards at Hunters ensuring that the care and nursing team deliver excellent person centred care with dignity and respect as its core values.

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Hayley Whelans

Hayley Whelans

Clinical Lead for Memory Lane

Hayley has worked at Hunters for over fifteen years, initially working as a carer before taking a break to gain her nursing qualifications. Hayley returned to Hunters becoming a key member of the team. Hayley has only ever worked on Memory Lane and could not see herself working anywhere else. Hayley loves working with the residents and the care team and aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment for everyone to live and work in whilst promoting the values of dignity and respect for all.

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Ana Grigore

Unit Manager

Ana Grigore is the Unit Manager for General Care. Ana has over twenty years' experience in general nursing, mainly specialising in elderly care. Ana is passionate about person centred care and aims to provide the best possible care and environment for the residents at Hunters.

Ana leads by example and hopes to build on her existing team of professional and dedicated nurses and carers to maintain the high standards at Hunters.

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Aneta Jankun

Clinical Lead for General

Aneta started nursing in 1996 working in hospitals in her native Poland. Aneta moved to Swindon in 2005 as an RGN before taking on the role of clinical lead in nursing homes. Aneta joined the team here at Hunters in 2020 as the Clinical Lead for General. Aneta is passionate about her job and full of enthusiasm in her new role. Aneta loves working with the elderly and aims to provide a warm and caring environment for all of the residents.

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Top Parnell


Top keeps the home running smoothly, working with staff, residents and relatives to ensure that the high standards at Hunters are maintained. Top offers professional and expert advice and input to ensure that all aspects of HR management are maintained within the home.  

Steve Chamberlain

Activities Coordinator

Steve has worked at Hunters since 2011 and manages activity provision in the home, from the weekly quiz and daily activities to theme days and musical entertainment, in addition to larger scale events involving the local community, such as the annual Summer Fête.

Leo Vilaca

Head Chef

Leo is the Head Chef at Hunters. His background is working in Five Star Hotels, after receiving training from the very best chefs. Leo has worked in the care industry for the last nine years.

Leo believes in providing the very best quality food always using the freshest of ingredients. Leo believes that each resident should be treated as an individual and works with person centred care to ensure that each residents’ dietary needs are met, not only nutritionally but also promoting a quality dining experience  to make meal times enjoyable.

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Darren Jones

Head of Maintenance

Darren Jones joined Hunters from a background is in hospitality as a Maintenance Supervisor, planning and running projects. Prior to this, he spent three years as an electrician. Darren is also the primary carer for his son, who has Autism, which has given him great insight into the care sector. Darren is committed to providing residents, their families, staff and visitors a safe and welcoming home in which to live, visit and work.

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Zoe Peacock

Head of Housekeeping

Zoe joined the team at Hunters last year, to lead our housekeeping and laundry team.  Zoe is always a friendly face around the home and enjoys chatting to residents as she works.

Ron Bennett

Ron Bennett

Resident Ambassador

Ron spent his life travelling the world and has a wealth of experience to offer Hunters in his role as Resident Ambassador. Ron represents residents at monthly meetings and in the day-to-day running of the home, ensuring that they have a say in things, such as the menus and the types of activities on offer.

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Bobby Blythe

Resident Ambassador

Bobby is a Resident Ambassador at Hunters. Bobby served in the Royal Air Force just after the war, where she gained experience in working with and communicating with a wide range of different people, all skills which are invaluable in her current role.  After leaving the service Bobby married her husband and spent many happy years bringing up their two children. Bobby is an excellent communicator, she is very caring going out of her way to look after and make new residents feel really at home, providing an important link between residents and staff. 

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Jennie McKenzie

Jennie McKenzie


Hairdresser Jennie McKenzie has worked at Hunters for the last five years, making sure residents at our home are pampered and look their best.



Pet Therapy Dog

Mayhem has been faithfully visiting Hunters since 2014, providing residents with comfort and pleasure, and making a real difference to their lives.

Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01285 601 336

All other calls

01285 653 707

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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