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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John Bayliss

Acting General Manager

My name is John Bayliss and I am the Acting General Manager here at Tyspane.

My working career started in Birmingham, where I was a Trainee Company Accountant. I then moved down to Cormwall in the eighties and became interested in elderly care, starting out as a Registered Manager of a medium sized nursing home. Since then, my career has stayed mainly around the care home sector, with jobs ranging from the management of small EMI homes, large nursing homes, through to the role of a Group Operations Manager for a small provider. I also spent a short time out helping my wife run a medium sized convenience store and Post Office as the Postmaster. However, my passion has always been centred around providing high standards of care to older people.

I am looking forward to the opportunity of meeting new people in an environment which is familiar to me and to making a positive impact and difference to those residents, staff and relatives who I come in contact with. 

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Abi Quaintance & Sandra Hughes

Care Practitioners

Abi and Sandra’s role as Care Practitioners is to provide a safe, comfortable and enjoyable residential environment for residents to live in. Abi and Sandra are supported by an experienced team of senior carers and carers.

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Helen Whitehead


Helen is responsible for all administration and financial aspects relating to the running of the home. She has been with the company for some time now and has provided much-appreciated continuity. She is the heart of the home and has a difficult job that she does well.

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Celine Townsend

Activities Coordinator

Celine has joined the team at Tyspane as our Activities Coordinator. She is an enthusiastic and energetic leader for the staff and residents alike. She has come to us with a wealth of experience working with young people and charitable organisations around the world, including the underprivileged in South Africa and helping to re-build Haiti after the earthquake.  

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David Brooke

Head of Maintenance

Hi, my name is David and I have been the Head of Maintenance here at Tyspane since June 2015.

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Liam Prust

Second Chef

Liam trained locally and has experience in busy hotel kitchens. He is proving to be not only be a talented chef, but a popular member of the team as well. 

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Patricia Swann

Head Housekeeper

Trish is responsible for the housekeeping and laundry team in Tyspane Care Home. She ensures the home meets a high standard of cleanliness and works closely with staff, residents and relatives. She works with her team to ensure that the home is clean and inviting.

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Babs Spear

Physio Assistant

Babs was previously the Head of Activities & Physiotherapy here at Tyspane, but now works only as the Physio Assistant.

Her main interests are keeping fit and she spends a lot of her spare time as a fitness instructor, holding various classes around the local community.

In 2016, she was awarded the 'Devon Best Practice Award' for her flexicise class. She owns our three 'paper dogs' – her three Maltese – who deliver papers with her in the morning.

She is band 4 in physio and really tries to make residents' days fun; she very much believes in the 'if you don’t use it, you lose it' mentality, so she always encourages residents to participate, regardless of mobility concerns, because everyone is able to do something! 

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Oliver Endacott

Deputy Manager

Oliver a Registered Nurse has a background in clinical training, he lives locally with his wife and young daughter. Oliver enjoys all kinds of water sports, especially surfing, and also enjoys training his dog Moose.

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Elle Alaia

Administrative Assistant

Elle started working at Tyspane in 2011 and was very popular in her role as Hostess. In 2017 Elle started work with the Administration Team and now runs Reception during the week. Elle greets all our visitors with a smile and warm welcome and she is always ready to help any of our resident’s visitors and staff with any problems they may have.

Elle lives near the sea with her husband and 2 sons and enjoys travel especially back to her home in Australia. 

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