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:

Careen Harris

General Manager

Hi, my name is Careen, and I am the General Manager here at Kernow.

I have been nursing for 35 years and have spent most of my career in the private, nursing home sector.

Although I am an 'old school' RGN my interest and passion lies with dementia and complex mental health care; it is these that have guided my career and further study choices.
I now hold post registration qualifications in nursing, training, education, dementia and management which along with my experience have equipped me to deal with the day to day issues inherent in running a busy nursing home.

I have worked at Kernow House, in various roles, for the past eleven years and relish the fact that no two days are the same.

My role is to lead my team to deliver the consistent, high quality and individualised care that our residents deserve and I am proud to work with a team who share my enthusiasm for providing this.

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Jo Coombs

Deputy Manager (Clinical Lead)

Jo is a Registered General Nurse and a qualified counsellor. She has many years of experience working in surgical and medical wards. Jo worked for several years in the community covering the out of hours district nursing service, hospice services and working in the Rapid Response Team in a large city. She was the Dementia Liason Nurse for North Cornwall for two and a half years, specialising in health improvements for people living with dementia and advising NHS and care home staff regarding complex discharges and mental health capacity assessments. Jo has used her Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Person Centred Counselling skills to help staff understand residents displaying distressed reactions.

Jo is passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with complex mental health needs. She has always worked to help improve the support for people living with illness and the carers that support them. Jo has won a national award for supporting the work of Memory Cafes and empowering those living with mental health issues.

Jo helps the staff at Kernow House audit the care that they give and look for ways to improve it. She supports the team to analyse all accidents and incidents to help to reduce risk where possible. She is responsible for maintaining the Clinical Governance Database and supporting the General Manager in the day to day running of the home.

When not at work Jo runs creative writing and poetry workshops to encourage others to be creative. She has helped set up a charity to support people facing funeral poverty. She is currently undertaking a Humanities degree with the Open University. She loves reading, motorbikes, animals and archery.

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Leigh Stanley

Clinical Lead - Dementia Services

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

As Clinical Lead, Leigh puts his leadership skills to good use when managing nursing and care staff. He ensures we deliver person-centred care in a therapeutic manner and shares his knowledge with other staff, both within the home and with outside professionals. Leigh is involved in all aspects of the care we provide and is always approachable.

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Stephanie Stewart

Clinical Lead - Huntington's & Neuroservices

Steph is a registered general nurse with over 10 years of experience working with people with neurological and mental health conditions. She also has experience working with those living with Huntington’s Disease. 

As Clinical Lead, Steph works to ensure that residents’ physical and mental health are the very best they can be. She does this by developing and maintaining close working relationships with other clinical staff and community healthcare practitioners and by leading a team of nurses and carers to deliver person-centred care with a strong emphasis on a holistic, therapeutic approach. Steph is always available for residents, families and friends and has a good listening ear.

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Julie Palmer


Julie is our Administrator and the person who deals with finance and many enquiries. She has a background working in finance and administration, as well as adult safeguarding qualifications.

Julie is highly experienced and has lots of empathy and understanding. She can be found in the admin office during work hours and is always happy to help with anything she can.

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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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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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William Salmon

Admin Assistant

Will is our Admin Assistant and primarily works at weekends, but you may also meet him during the week if he covers for holidays or training. Will has previously worked in administration for a building company. He is always happy to help where he can. Will is an avid Chelsea supporter and has a keen interest in sports, so he’s always happy to put the world to rights when it comes to football.

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Sarah Sharland

Occupational Therapist

Sarah is our Occupational Therapist; she has worked at Kernow House since 2010, but she has also worked at other Barchester homes. She works across the whole home with every resident as and when anyone needs her input. Sarah also works closely with other health professionals and promotes independence for those we support. It is Sarah’s job to do seating and wheelchair assessments and generally adapt activities and equipment to each person’s needs in order to promote physical, mental and social well-being.

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Elaine Syms

Admin Assistant

Elaine is the first person you see when coming to Kernow House and is most often the person who answers the phone. Elaine has had a long career in finance and administration, and has also worked as a carer, so she is very aware and knowledgeable. Elaine can be found sitting at reception during week days and is a friendly and welcoming person.

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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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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

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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