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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Jennifer Hodges

General Manager

Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am the General Manager here at Tyspane. Welcome to our website!

I studied Law at university and have many years of experience within the care industry. Before I joined Barchester, I was the Registered Manager of a large nursing care home in the West Country. I have a committed and conscientious work ethic and I am particularly passionate about delivering the highest standard of care and attention and helping to make a difference to the lives of the people I support.

I am keen to assist and encourage all teams to implement a programme of quality improvements and team building to secure outstanding results together. 

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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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Sally Ryan

Admin Assistant

Sally has worked with us at Tyspane since January 2005. She is the welcoming voice of Tyspane; she always has a smile on her face and enjoys meeting new people.

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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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Martin Gayette

Head Chef

Award-winning Head Chef, Martin Gayette, has a wealth of experience in the care sector. He is a family man who lives locally and would like to continue to develop the dining experience at Tyspane, as food is such an important part of a resident's day. He enjoys providing tasty and nutritious meals for residents with special dietary needs, or even for those with the smallest of appetites.

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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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Mike Harding


Hi, my name is Mike, and I am the Gardener here at Tyspane. It is my responsibility to ensure that the grounds look presentable at all times.

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