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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Helena Hawkins

General Manager

Hello, my name is Helena, and I am the General Manager here at St Thomas. Welcome to our website!

St Thomas is a unique and beautiful building, supporting residents within our 10-60-06 accredited Memory Lane Community.

I have been managing care homes since 2000 and I am thrilled to be working with the team at St Thomas to deliver the best standard of care to residents in bespoke and beautiful surroundings.

Please feel free to drop in to meet us and have a coffee and some cake in our beautiful chapel.

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Kathryn Hughes

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Kathryn, and I am the Deputy Manager here at St Thomas. I have been working in care homes for a number of years and I thoroughly enjoy my job. My role is to support the General Manager and staff in providing the best care for people living with dementia in a homely and stimulating environment.

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Bobby Burrows

Clinical Lead

Bobby joined the team in 2015 after she had worked a couple of agency shifts for us. She loved it so much that she decided to stay and lead the nursing team. This is her first role in care after having worked for the NHS in A&E for 10 years.

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Jo Swerling

Customer Relationship Manager

I joined Barchester Healthcare in August having previously worked for a couple of other care providers. My role is to support the Team in this beautiful home with events, activities, relationship building with families, residents and the local community. I am passionate about care and I’m a real people person. In my spare time I love to fundraise and recently Trekked the Great Wall of China! I love to socialise with friends and family.

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John Pace

Maintenance Manager.

Hi! I’m John, the Head of Maintenance at St Thomas Care Home, and I started here since in December 2016. I have worked in care home maintenance for over 10 years and always strive to keep a high standard of maintenance so that residents can be proud of the home they live in. I enjoy interacting with residents and involving them in our day-to-day routine when possible. 

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Jodiann Heslop

Head Chef

Jodiann started her career in catering and in care homes 6 years as a kitchen assistant. She is passionate about cooking and loves spending time with residents.

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Barbara Hutson

Head Housekeeper

Barbara has been St Thomas' head housekeeper for the past 8 years.  Alongside her dedicated team, Barbara oversees the cleaning of the home and ensures that the laundry runs smoothly.  You will often find Barbara and all of the friendly housekeeping team chatting away with all of St Thomas' residents as they go about their jobs in the home!

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Pet Therapist

Hello everyone, my name is Compton! I'm a French Bulldog and am now 1 year old.

My mummy works at St Thomas Care Home; her name is Kerry Wrightson and she is the Activities Coordinator at the home. For the last year, I've been visiting St Thomas and I've made lots of new friends! Now I'm a big girl, Mummy said I can go to work with her every day! She said that I'll be working too. My job is going to be to love and comfort my friends, bringing them lots of joy and laughter.

I'm extra friendly and very well-behaved.

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