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:

Katie Daysley

General Manager

My name is Katie Daysley.  I am married and we are proud parents of four wonderful, beautiful daughters.

I have been a Registered Manager for a specialist Dementia home for the past 3 years, and worked for the home for 10 years.  My experience is predominantly in Dementia Care specialising in challenging behaviours, palliative care, alcohol induced illnesses and mental health.

Throughout my 22 years of working in a residential care setting, I have gained experience in all the roles associated with working the care environment.

My aim is to continue to provide first class care for all our residents.

I operate an ‘Open Door’ policy and you are more than welcome to join me for a coffee and a chat.

Laura Lambert

Deputy Manager

I have worked in the care sector for over 10 years. I started as a care assistant at the age of 18, working in both a community and a care home setting. I went to university at the age of 20 to study Adult Nursing at Birmingham City University, where I graduated with a distinction. Alongside my training, I worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as a bank care assistant on numerous wards, gaining experience in multiple areas.

I did my final year of university in ITU, oncology and palliative care. Once qualifying, I moved back home to Nottinghamshire and did the Preceptorship Program with the NHS at Bassetlaw Hospital in Trauma and Orthopaedics, working closely with the elderly and frail.

I have worked for Barchester since 2013. I joined as a Bank Nurse at our sister home, Lancaster Grange, working nights alongside my NHS job, before joining on a permanent basis in 2015. I was promoted to Senior Nurse in 2017. In May 2018, I transferred to Tennyson Wharf as a Clinical Lead Nurse, and became the Deputy Manager in July 2018.

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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. 

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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