Meet the team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

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Mandy Vettraino

Senior General Manager

Welcome to Southerndown Care Home!

My name is Mandy Vettraino and I am the Senior General Manager here.

My career in nursing started as a carer, where I worked my way up the ladder, where I eventually became a General Manager. Since 2000, I have managed 3 homes in Oxford, supporting elderly residents with nursing and dementia care.

I like to be involved with the residents and their families, it is a home for every one and high quality care with a holistic approach is essential. In 2013 I was presented with a dignity in care award from Age UK. My team here in Southerndown are champions together in ensuring dignity and true quality care is always the priority.

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Ella Solomon

Deputy Manager

I have been working in a management role for several years now. I am responsible for auditing the home clinically ensuring staff perform to the highest of standards. Here at Southerndown it is all about the individual person and meeting their needs and wishes with respect and kindness.

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Letty Marton

Head of Unit

Letty is our Head of Unit. She is a strong leader who supports her team to deliver the highest quality of care, with dignity and respect at all times, where resident choice is paramount. 

She loves her job and always does her best to ensure every day is a happy day, and that the staff are always smiling, singing and most of all caring!

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Amando Vergara

Head of Memory Lane

Amando has been managing the Memory Lane unit since 2007 and is a dedicated specialist in dementia care. Amando leads by example and ensures his team deliver high class quality care, with all the family or friends involved and supporting.

Memory Lane is where we learn all the special recollections of all our residents and use them to help make each day a good day and a happy day!

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Bridget Lane


Here at Southerndown I am responsible for all the administration within the home, both for the residents and the staff, supported by my dedicated colleagues Eva and Ruth.
Relatives often pop in to see me and I enjoy listening to them learning more about the residents- which helps me develop a more special understanding of them personally.
It's never quiet here and there is always something happening and joining in with the fun is key to making the day go well for everyone.

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Stephen Flowers

Head Chef

Stephen Flower has been a chef for 37 years, working in hotels, restaurants and in residential care. Stephen clearly loves cooking for residents, and ensures that high quality menus are available according to the needs of all individual residents.

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Stacey Davies

Activities Coordinator

Stacey has been with Southerndown since 2013.

There is always something happening here and its never dull. We have our own choir and often invite the schools singing clubs and professional choir groups to join us. Peter and Winston are our pet Rabbits and provide many adventures for us, particularly when they escape. We have gardening groups, trips out in the mini bus, quiz days and art therapy amongst the many things we enjoy to do.

I get so much pleasure seeing the residents happy and staff joining in with them.

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Sue Busby

Head Housekeeper

I have been with Southerndown since 2001 and Head Housekeeper since 2007.

I love my job and enjoy seeing the residents happy, my team work well together and ensure attention to detail is paramount. It’s sometimes the little things we do that makes such a big difference to quality of comfort for the residents in our care.

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