Meet the Mortain Place 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:

Karen Howell

Karen Howell

General Manager

Hi, my name is Karen, and I am the General Manager here at Mortain Place. Welcome to our website!

I have been a registered nurse since 1990. I have worked in both the NHS and the private sector. As a General Manager, my aim is to ensure that, along with my team, we continue to deliver person-centred care to those we support, placing them at the heart of everything we do and meeting individual needs with the passion and commitment they deserve.

I am passionate about setting and maintaining high standards of care with attention to detail.

Kristen Palaj 

Deputy Manager

I really love working at Mortain Place and have many years of experience working in care homes and with the elderly, I enjoy the challenges and no two days are the same.

Tracey Buchan

Home Administrator

Hi, my name is Tracy, and I am the Home Administrator here at Mortain Place.

Carolyn Tyrer

Carolyn Tyrer

Home Services Advisor

I worked for many years in airline industry in terminal management and for a well-known airline. Following on from that, I worked as a business manager, which was right before I joined the care sector.

My first role in the care sector was as a manager for a healthcare sector on the south coast, and I then went on to working in sales and marketing for care homes. 

I started in this sector as a relative trying to find a care home for my mum, who couldn't support herself any longer. From that day, I knew I wanted to help and support others in the same situation, and make this transition easier for them, and so I worked for the care group of the home my mum was in until she sadly passed away there.

Whilst there, I supported 2 care homes and a new build. I wanted to continue in this sector, and there was a vacancy at Barchester for a home services advisor doing sales and marketing for one of their new builds in Eastbourne. I was really excited to be offered the role—and here I am!

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Maria Howell

Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinator

Hi, my name is Maria and I am the Lifestyle Enrichment Coordinator here at Mortain Place.

I have known the comings and goings of a care home since the age of seven years old, when my younger sister and I sat at work with mum and dad after school. We read to the residents, had tea and cake with them, danced around in the gardens, and gave out Christmas presents dressed as elves. As we grew up, we gained more sets of grandparents than biologically possible, but friends for life.

At 14 I began working as a housekeeper in the home, a role I loved as I could chat to everybody as I got on with my jobs. I often helped out with bigger events throughout the year, too, and thrived on the buzz of everyone being together and enjoying each other’s’ company. At 17, I moved into the role of activities coordinator.

Now, after different workplaces and a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, I am here working at Barchester Healthcare. I am keen to bring my experience and my passions to my role, to fulfill and empower lives. Coming to work does not feel like a job to me: I adore the people I work with, I care for them deeply, and I am privileged to have this opportunity.

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Kelly Valente


Hello, I am Kelly one of the hostesses, I really love working with all the residents and making sure that they are happy and enjoy their time at Mortain place, I also really enjoy greeting families, friends and visitors into the home and making their first impressions a great one.

Jessica Taylor


I am Jessica and new to Mortain Place I love working here and enjoy making sure the residents are happy.

Paula-Jayne Hulett


I really love working at Mortain Place and being the first point of contact for everyone. It is always busy and I really love getting to know the residents and their families and making their experience a really good one.

Carol Seymour

Second Chef

Hello, I am Carol and I am Second Chef at Mortain place, I really enjoy working at the home and helping to create new dishes, getting to know the residents and listening to what foods they like and making the menu exciting and enjoyable for them.


Mia Olin

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Mia, and I am the Head Chef here at Mortain Place.

Martin Roux

Head of Maintenance

Hi, my name is Martin, and I am the Head of Maintenance here at Mortain Place.

Ingrida Jespiene

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Ingrida, and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Mortain Place.

Alison Josling


Hello, my name is Alison and I am a carer, I have been in the care Industry as a carer for many years and love what I do, I really enjoy working at Mortain Place care home and creating a really lovely home for our residents.

Faye De La Cruz


Hi, my name is Faye and I am a carer at Mortain place, I have lots of experience in care and really enjoy working here and taking care of all residents.


Darota Miskiewicz

Housekeeping Assistant

I really enjoy working at Mortain Place and keeping the home spotless. I get to meet and chat to all the residents, which is a joy for me.

Carole Stewart

Housekeeping Assistant

I live locally and wanted to help out during these uncertain times and was very happy to be taken on in housekeeping in April 2020. Both residents and staff are very friendly and working here gives me a real sense of satisfaction that I have contributed towards the quality of care and services and been able to work with the team to ensure the residents have a great experience.

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Helen Rick

Kitchen Assistant

I always go to work at Mortain Place with a smile. I enjoy making sure that the residents enjoy their experience at Mortain Place and I am proud to be part of the amazing team we have.

Denise Pearson

Senior Carer

I really love my job at Mortain Place. I enjoy taking care of the residents and giving them a great experience, and working with such a great team of staff makes the working day a real pleasure.

Kelsi Curcher

Senior Carer

Hi, my name is Kelsi, and I am a Senior Carer here at Mortain Place. 

Ioana Udrea

Senior Carer

Hi, my name is Ioana, and I am a Senior Carer here at Mortain Place.

Lauren Wells


I really love working at Mortain Place and making sure the residents have the best care and experience.

Nic Winch


I really enjoy working at Mortain Place care home and caring for the residents; they are delightful and giving them excellent care is very fulfilling in my role.

Tom Sanigar


I recently joined Mortain Place as a carer, and really enjoy my job. I love getting to know the residents and caring for them.

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