Meet the team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:

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Justine Thelwell

General Manager

Hi, my name is Justine and I am the General Manager here at Mount Tryon. I hope you find everything you're looking for on our website.

Before Barchester, I worked as a Regional Support Manager and, prior to that, as a Senior Clinical Facilitator for a care operator called Brighterkind. Going even further back, I worked as a Clinical Care Manager for Elizabeth Finn Homes in Exeter, where I gained all of my care home experience after leaving the hospital setting.

From January 2004 until May 2007, I managed the Cromie ward at Torbay Hospital, specialising in urology and fast track surgery and, for the previous 10 years, I worked in London at the prestigious King Edward VII Private Hospital, where I rose from a Junior Staff Nurse to Ward Manager before I relocated to Devon. During my time there, I had the honour of nursing the Queen Mother and all members of the British and European Royal Family.

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Barbara Evans

Deputy Manager

Hello, I’m Barbara and I’ve been married to my husband, David, for over 30 years. We have 3 children who all live and work in Torbay, and they have gifted me with 3 granddaughters. Family is very important to me and I hope to bring my knowledge, caring attitude and empathy to this role. In my spare time, I read, cook, bake, swim and I love knitting baby clothes.

I have been a trained nurse for over 30 years and worked in both the NHS and the private sectors across the country. Following a period of managing care homes, I found that I was missing the resident contact and was given the opportunity to work at Mount Tryon in Torquay.

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Tanya Kostova


My name is Tanya Kostova and I am the Administrator at Mount Tryon. I come from Bulgaria and have been working for the company for nearly 15 years. My responsibilities include managing the financial and administrative systems within the home.

I qualified as a midwife in Bulgaria in 1999 and also worked as a dental nurse before I came to the UK and joined Barchesterwhere I had the opportunity to develop new skills and gain a qualification in Business Administration.

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Rebecca Turner

Activities Coordinator

I have previously enjoyed a position organising activities for a substance abuse charity, where I saw the valuable impact of having a full and active life, and what a drastic effect that can have on a person's health and progress. I studied Psychology at university and, following that, I studied Art in Plymouth.

I am an avid fan of theatre and all performing arts, from musicals to live orchestration, and I am actively involved in the tech crew of local theatre. I chose to take a post as Activities Coordinator to combine my love of working with people and my interest in activities and events.

I am always up for trying something new; my personal hobbies range from kickboxing to playing the oboe. I aim to give every resident access to whatever activities/facilities they desire, inside and outside the home.

Everyone working at Mount Tryon is dedicated to ensuring that those we support can live their lives too the fullest. For some, it is simply support with transport to a club they’ve been part of for years, and for others, it can be helping them experience new things – whatever it is, we’ll give it a go!

I am always looking for new ideas and activities for people to try, so if you have any thoughts, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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Irene Hewings

Physiotherapy Assistant

Irene has worked at Mount Tryon for 3 years and started her employment as a Care Assistant.  She is a very proactive sportswoman out of work, completing numerous marathons for charity.  Her personal knowledge of fitness enhances the commitment she offers in her role as a Physio Assistant

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Susan Forshaw

Head Chef

Hi, I’m Sue and I’m the Head Chef here at Mount Tryon. This was my first venture into the care sector, although I have been working as a chef for over 40 years and bring with me a wealth of experience. It is my passion to deliver nutritious, home-cooked food to everyone we support. I'm happy to say that I love my job!

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Scott Vincent

Head of Maintenance

I have been working in the facility maintenance industry for over 30 years. This is my second spell with Barchester, for whom I previously worked as a Regional Maintenance Coordinator. I am back in the fold at Mount Tryon as Head of Maintenance, where the staff and residents have made me feel most welcome. I am enjoying working in this great home and hope to continue making it a wonderful and safe place for residents, guests and staff alike.

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Gail Anderson

Head Housekeeper

I am the Head Housekeeper at Mount Tryon. Along with a team of 7 other staff members, I ensure that the home is clean, laundry is pressed and everyone is looking their best!  We are a happy team and work well together to maintain the high standards of cleanliness within our home.

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Kyle Johns

Senior Carer

My name is Kyle Johns and I’m the Senior Carer for our beautiful dementia unit here at Mount Tryon. I’ve currently been here since 2014 now and enjoy working with the residents.

Before Mount Tryon I was working in local schools with children with challenging behaviours, aged between 3 and 18 years. This helped me prepare for the job I do here, as I am able to put best practice into place when working with challenging behaviours. My previous role also gave me the experience and patience to communicate well with those who may have difficulty doing so.

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