Meet the Kernow House 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:

Leigh Stanley

General Manager

Welcome to Kernow House, my name is Leigh and I am the General Manager at the home.

I am a registered mental health nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse, I spent 13 years as a soldier, serving with a commando in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas operations. I became interested in post-traumatic stress disorder and decided to train as a nurse. During this nurse training, I discovered a particular interest in working with dementia and decided to pursue a career in this.

As Manager, I put my leadership skills to good use when managing the home. I ensure we deliver person-centred care in a therapeutic manner and share my knowledge with other staff, both within the home and with outside professionals.

I acknowledge that whilst residents are at the forefront of our home, it is important that staff are supported, so the care we deliver as a whole home is filled with passion and enthusiasm.

I am always available for any enquiries you might have.

Sarah Sharland

Deputy Manager

I am an occupational therapist and have worked at Kernow House for many years. As part of my OT work, I have supported the management team. I believe in a holistic approach to supporting and caring for residents. Supporting residents to lead a good quality of life filled with meaningful activities is important as is supporting residents’ independence. As an OT I have experience and knowledge of how to best achieve these goals. Having a good working relationship with relatives, staff and other professionals is important. I am always available if anyone would like a chat or have any concerns.

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Jo Balcombe

Clinical Lead

Jo is a Registered General Nurse as well as a Registered Mental Nurse. She has many years of experience working as a nurse and has a wide range of knowledge from her background working mainly in community based jobs and managing teams. Jo is compassionate and empathic and particularly enjoys working with relatives to ensure residents get the best possible care.

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Patrick Townsend

Clinical Lead - St Pirans

Patrick is a Mental Health Nurse who has lots of life experience, having previously worked as a plasterer, roofer, tiler, a teaching assistant and a carer in a dementia unit.

Patrick decided to train as a nurse and has previously worked with functional mental health in the NHS and BUPA. He has also managed a dementia unit, been a home manager and a regional manager.

Patrick is Clinical Lead on St Pirans, where his door is always open. He enjoys the personal touch and likes to be involved with residents and families. Patrick uses his skill set to improve life enrichment and develop a warm and friendly atmosphere on Petherwin.

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Emma Metherell

Acting Administrator

You will see Emma sitting at the desk by reception where she greets visitors, answers the phone and deals with enquiries. Emma is always happy to help wherever she can. She has returned to Kernow House to a role she had many years ago after a period of time working as a carer in another home, so Emma has lots of experience. She also has a friendly nature and is quick to help.

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April Benning

April Benning


April works in the office next to the hair dressing salon and is available during office hours. It is April’s job to deal with enquiries, HR, invoicing, payroll, banking and logistics. She is always on hand to help with any questions and she has a great understanding of how the home works. April worked as a carer at Kernow House many years ago, so she is familiar with how the whole home works.

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Anna Wojtas

Activities Coordinator

Anna is one of our Activities Coordinators. She has worked at Kernow for many years and has experience working with people of all ages and abilities. Anna enjoys going out on trips and has extensive knowledge of good places to visit. She is also a very friendly person who enjoys organising and taking part in the various activities we organise. Anna has a particular interest in baking and exercising.

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Bea Porup

Activities Coordinator

Bea has many years of experience working in elderly care and both experience and training in dementia care. She has also worked extensively with people with Huntington's disease. Bea works closely with Anna and our management team, nurses, carers and kitchen team to ensure our home has a vibrant environment with lots of events happening and varied opportunities for having both new and familiar experiences, making sure the people living here lead a rich and fulfilling life.

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Sharon McWalter

Admin Assistant

Sharon is one of a team of admin assistants working at the front desk. Sharon has had a career working for various companies in admin roles. She has a background working in a hotel, an insurance company and in the NHS, where she has organised different clinics, so Sharon has a wealth of experience. She will always help with enquiries and greet you with a friendly hello.

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Daniel Hill

Head Chef

Dan is a chef with a big passion for cooking and previous experience working in restaurants and hotels. He leads a team of chefs and kitchen assistants who are devoted to delivering excellent food for everyone we support. Dan and his team are always very accommodating in meeting anyone's special wishes and take up a cooking challenge willingly and with great enthusiasm.

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Tom Roberts

Head of Maintenance

Tom is a plumber by trade, but he has several years of experience doing general maintenance in nursing homes. Apart from plumbing, he particularly enjoys woodwork and anything electrical. Tom is always on hand to do any job requested of him – and there are many, varied jobs to do. He is also our Health & Safety Champion.

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Andrew Fuge

Maintenance Assistant

Andrew is our Maintenance Assistant. He has worked in Kernow House for several years as a Carer, so he is well aware of how important good maintenance support is for residents and their loved ones. Andrew likes to be useful and helpful and he has a special interest in gardening and decorating. He will also continue to work as a carer occasionally, so he is a true ‘Jack of all trades’.

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Karen Holden

Head Housekeeper

Karen is our head housekeeper and leads a dedicated team of housekeepers and laundry assistants, who work tirelessly to keep our home clean and in good order. They also do the laundry and iron resident's clothes with great care.

At home Karen enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also reads a lot but her greatest passion is DIY.

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Megan Robinson

Clinical Lead

Megan is Clinical Lead on Petherwin unit. She is a general nurse, who has worked in the NHS with trauma orthopaedics specialising in the care of elderly patients. Megan has also been a district nurse and worked in other care homes. She brings lots of nursing experience with her and wants to focus on nutrition knowing that good nutrition can increase a person’s well-being. Megan is also enthusiastic about the care on Petherwin being activity lead so residents experience life enrichment.

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Alison Kyle

Alison Kyle


Alison has worked as a dietician for over 25 years and has a background in the NHS and hospitals, but she has also worked in the community. She has extensive knowledge and experience as a dietician. At Kernow House, she assesses people with regards to nutrition and hydration needs and she provides modified diets as appropriate, sometimes by using supplements or artificial feeding.

Alison works closely with other professionals, especially speech and language therapists and she also works with our catering staff to ensure all residents have a good and balanced diet.

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Dr. Stephen Pearson

Dr. Stephen Pearson

Consultant in Older Adult Psychiatry

Dr. Pearson acts as a specialist advisor to Huntington’s Disease at Kernow. He has worked with us in this capacity for many years and is a very experienced clinician. He advises and shares his vast knowledge and expertise in the management of Huntington’s Disease and is accessible to staff and residents via telephone and e-mail, as well as regularly making visits to the home.

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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

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01566 461133

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01566 777841

Our fees and contract

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