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:
Welcome to Mount Tryon's website; my name is Damon and I am the Senior General Manager here.
I started my working career in sales/account management working in different sectors, such as logistics, domestic appliances and IT. I got to a stage in my life where I felt I needed to give back to my community, so I began working for the NHS, supporting people with learning disabilities for just under 6 years, finishing in the post of Support Manager, where I oversaw a team of managers working in over 10 different services.
I started working in care homes in 2014, which is when I first became a Registered Manager, and have worked for Bupa, Gracewell Healthcare and Brighterkind. This came as a direct result of seeing how my own grandmother was not treated with dignity and respect whilst in hospital. I have a strong history of turning homes around, engaging staff teams, initiating change and ensuring the residents live a meaningful life.
I believe in building open and honest relationships with residents, relatives and anyone who visits the home. My door is always open, so please feel free to pop in for a chat or a cup of tea.
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am the Unit Lead on our Memory Lane community. I have worked at Mount Tryon since November 2016, when I started as a Nurse. I then progressed to Senior Nurse, before being promoted to Unit Lead.
I started working in elderly and dementia care when I was 17 as a Carer, and in 2006, I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse. I have over 25 years’ experience in elderly and dementia care.
My team and I are committed to delivering a high quality, person-centred service, ensuring excellence every day.
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.
My name is Scott and I started as the activities coordinator at Mount Tryon in 2019, but I have worked for Barchester since 2012, previously as an activities assistant at a home in Exeter.
Getting to know our residents and their loved ones is very special, as it allows me to understand their needs, hobbies and interests. It's also great to see them enjoying a new activity, and it's never too late to gain a new interest.
As a dog owner myself, I know how therapeutic the company of animals can be, so I am passionate about our residents experiencing this too. We have a visit twice a month from a PAT (Pets As Therapy) dog, and regular visits from Animal HQ.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and going to concerts. My favourite band is Oasis, but I know that is not everyone's taste! Luckily, we have a wide variety of musical performances here at the home, so everyone has a chance to tap their foot and sing along to something.
I am NAPA Level 2 qualified in Activity Provision, and I am always looking for ways to improve what we deliver. If you have any suggestions or feedback, I would love to hear from you.
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
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!
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.
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 for just over 3 years now and have great enjoyment working with all my residents.
Before Mount Tryon I was working in local schools with children from 3-18 years with challenging behaviours. This helped me prepare for the job I do here as I am able to put best practice into place when working with challenging behaviour. Not only this it gave me the experience and patience to communicate well with those who may have difficulty doing so.
I love my job here, and outside of work I like to wind down by taking long walks with my 11 year old border collie, Costa coffee and spending quality time with my family.
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.
My name is Chelsey Maud and I am a Senior Carer here at Mount Tryon. I have worked here since 2016 and have really enjoyed making residents happy and comfortable.
Before I worked at Mount Tryon, I was a hairdresser, doing bridal, prom and general hairdressing. I enjoy utilising these skills to keep residents looking beautiful each and every day.
I chose to become a carer to do something that allowed me to work with people and really make a difference to their lives.
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.