Meet the Kingfisher Lodge 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:

Calum Samways

General Manager

Hi, my name is Calum and I am the General Manager at Kingfisher Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I have worked in healthcare since 2014, starting as a Care Assistant, and I fell in love with the role instantly! I knew at the age of 18 that I had found my life’s passion! I have worked on progressing into a management role, which has included studying a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care. I also have extensive experience in nursing and dementia care.

My biggest passion in my job role is promoting and supporting equal opportunities, not just for my residents, but also for my team and friends of the home. My vision at Kingfisher Lodge is to provide a care experience that promotes the wellbeing of the residents, all while developing the skills and knowledge of my amazing team.  

Marta Grobarcikova Gonczyova

Deputy Manager

I believe in open, honest and transparent relationships with residents and everyone involved in their care. I am passionate about ensuring that safe and person-centered care is delivered within the home at all times.

Having had first-hand in many positions within the care sector, from care assistant to a home manager, I have a good understanding of the challenges with the care sector. I am confident, that, as a HOU, I am able to provide support for the whole team.

Claudia Costinean

Clinical Lead

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Hello! I'm Claudia, the Clinical Lead at Kingfisher Lodge.

My journey in caregiving began over a decade ago. For ten years, I dedicated myself as a carer, then earned my nursing qualification in 2018. Growing up without grandparents, I've always felt a deep-seated passion for ensuring the elderly and those in need receive the utmost care and support.

At Kingfisher Lodge, I maintain a close-knit relationship with both the nursing and care staff. This collaboration is pivotal in our commitment to delivering the exceptional care our residents deserve.

Whenever you're in our home, chances are you'll spot me. Please don't hesitate to say "Hello!"

Fiona Mason

Home Administrator

Fiona is responsible for the administration of the home and works closely with the General Manager and Heads of Departments to ensure the smooth running of Kingfisher Lodge. Fiona is supported by Julie, Paris and Vicky.

Fiona has been with Kingfisher Lodge since March 2013 and is a very committed member of the management team, Fiona brings a wealth of administration experience from her previous role of working for the Local Authority.

Karen Brickell

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Karen, and I am the Head Chef here at Kingfisher Lodge. I was one of the first chefs to work here at Kingfisher lodge when we first opened its doors back in 2012.

I am lucky enough to have also worked at other Barchester homes. I really enjoy not only the cooking but the life outside the kitchen in and around the home in the lounges and dining rooms, chatting and joining in singalongs and activities with all the staff.

I really do thrive from interaction with the residents and enjoy listening to suggestions and unusual things to cook. I will always surprise residents with a special meal and a birthday cake.

Iggy Catalano

Head of maintenance

Hello I am Iggy and I am Head of Maintenance at Kingfisher Lodge.  I strive to maintain Barchester’s high standards of safety and security, ensuring the home runs smoothly. 

Every day is different and I love talking to the residents, finding out about their life histories.

Mandy Evans

Senior Care Assistant

Mandy joined Kingfisher in February 2016. She is loved by all residents and has great communication skill with loved ones. Everyone loves Mandy’s stories about Wales and she often tells residents long tales from the valleys.

Lyn Fry

Senior carer

My name is Lyn, and I'm a Senior Carer at Kingfisher Lodge.

I've had the privilege of working with Barchester for over two decades. What I love most about my role is that every day brings a unique set of experiences. Currently, I'm dedicated to our Memory Lane community. Dementia care is a subject close to my heart, and it's a field I'm deeply passionate about.

Zena Davies


Hello! I'm Zena, the Hostess at Kingfisher Lodge.

The highlight of my role is conversing with our residents. I cherish the moments when they share their stories, allowing me to learn more about their rich histories and experiences.

George Tantrum


George is the singing carer at Kingfisher Lodge. George is a great team leader loved by all. His cheerful nature makes him a joy to be around say both staff and residents.

Paula Richards


David Richards


Martin Henson


Hello, My name is Martin and I am part of the maintenance team here at Kingfisher Lodge. I have been part of the home since 2016, prior to Kingfisher Lodge I was part of the works division at Bristol Prison and in addition to that I was a brick layer/builder for around 16 years. My spare time Is split between helping my sons with any building work they might need in their homes and I visiting the local Archery club.