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:

Katya Petrova

General Manager

Hi, my name is Katya, and I am the General Manager here at Tennyson Wharf. Welcome to our website!

I have the honour to lead the team and serve the residents here at Tennyson. I understand that taking the step of choosing a care home can be a difficult and emotional decision, so myself and my team are here to support you.

I have been working for Barchester since 2002 and have been in the nursing profession since 1986. I started my journey and career at Barchester as a Senior Care Assistant and worked my way through various roles throughout the years. I realised that there’s nothing more important to me than making people happy; sometimes it can be the simple things that help, like making them feel heard and valued.

I strive to make every day special and different to yesterday for all residents, and I feel proud to be part of their lives and share their memories.

I was named as 'Nurse of the Year' at the 2013 Barchester Care Awards, which is one of my greatest achievements and a very proud moment.

Ensuring peace of mind for all relatives is one of my greatest objectives; it is imperative that they know their loved ones are in safe hands and are in a caring and joyful environment.

The residents are at the heart of everything we do here at Tennyson, and we think we are perfectly suited to meet your needs now and in the future.

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Sarah Stock

Deputy Manager

I have taken on the Deputy Manager role here at Tennyson Wharf, and I am an RGN with 30 years' nursing experience, with 20 years of care home management experiece.

I have been working for Barchester as a peripatetic nurse since June 2018, offering nursing shift cover and support to homes in the south of Lincolnshire.

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Louise Wrigglesworth

Head of Community for Thomas Walk

Louise has been a support worker for over 20 years. Whilst here at Tennyson Wharf, she has worked her way up to Senior Support Worker and, more recently, has been appointed as Head of Community for Thomas Walk. Louise loves working with elderly residents and particularly loves working at Tennyson Wharf. 

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Drina Biszko

Head of Community for Keats Lock

Drina has been a support worker for over 20 years. She has worked for Tennyson Wharf since 2015 as a Support Worker, Senior Support Worker and, most recently, as the Head of Community for Keats Lock. Drina has always worked in a senior care position and has completed her Level 3 NVQ. She thoroughly enjoys her role supporting one of our Memory Lane communities and is currently working towards becoming a Care Practitioner.

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Christine Collins


Christine has worked as a financial administrator in care for over 15 years. At Tennyson Wharf, she was responsible for the day-to-day finances and payroll. Christine has qualifications in Business Administration and a Bsc(hons) in Natural Sciences. 

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Dawn Sheldon

Administrative Assistant

I was an Administrator for over 30 years. More recently, I have cared for my partner’s mum, who lived with us at home, and have undertaken care in the community. I love making a positive contribution to enhancing the lives of the elderly, and find it both rewarding and a joy. I feel it helps to have an outgoing, friendly, approachable disposition, and be thoughtful and creative.

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Claire Twist & Jo Varey

Activities Coordinators

Both Claire and Jo have worked at Tennyson Wharf since 2015 as Carers. In 2018 they moved to the activities team, and they bring a wealth of knowledge into their roles. 

Both bring great enthusiasm and spark to Tennyson Wharf. Claire and Jo are delivering an amazing, vibrant activities programme to cater to all tastes and abilities, and it is their passion to ensure that residents, family, friends are left happy and content and very much looking forward to the next activity!

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Dawn Bailey

Head Chef

Dawn is our Head Chef who joins the team here at Tennyson Wharf with a wealth of catering experience. Dawn was military trained and latterly worked in the RAF as a chef. She is passionate about delivering freshly prepared, nutritious meals with a person centred approach. In her spare time Dawn enjoys keeping fit by running and visiting the gym, and she also has a young family to keep her busy.

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Antonio Rodrigues

Head of Maintenance

Antonio is our Head of Maintenance and he comes to us with fourteen years of experience in the care industry. His keeps residents and visitors safe, whilst making sure that the home is consistently at its highest standard of repair. In his spare time, Antonio enjoys running and plays tennis. 

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Kelly Westoby

Head Housekeeper

Kelly has worked in the care sector for over 15 years in the roles of a support worker and as a housekeeper. She has been at Tennyson Wharf as the Head Housekeeper since 2015. Kelly and her staff strive to maintain a high standard of cleanliness for residents at all times.  

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