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:

Sara Maynard

General Manager

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

Nursing has been my life for over 35 years! I trained in Cambridge in the early eighties and have worked for the NHS in general practice and in the private sector. My passion has always been to provide the best service for all and give people a voice. I had a particular interest in respiratory medicine and led a community respiratory service for North Devon, at the time being very involved with the British Lung Foundation.

I have been a registered manager for three different homes since 2010, having a particular interest in empowering residents to lead a full and happy life.

I was born and bred in North Devon and have worked here for the majority of my working life in the local community or in the local hospital. My family live in Braunton and I am thrilled to be joining Tyspane and working with people and healthcare professionals that I have known and respected for a long time.

Barchester has given me the opportunity to deliver the best care and services in such beautiful surroundings. I am excited to be working with the team to offer the highest standards of care to our aging community.

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Louise Cheesman

Deputy Manager

Louise is an experienced nurse and has previous experience working as a Deputy Manager and General Manager in other care homes.

Louise enjoys training and developing staff, with a special interest in tissue viability and moving & handling.

In her spare time, Louise likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys baking, walking her dog and generally keeping fit.

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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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Matthew Barber

Head Chef

Matt is a versatile Chef whose cooking experiences ranges from gastropubs to fine dining restaurants. Matt says that he has a passion for high quality food and a love of local produce, which influences his seasonal cooking.

Matt  enjoys meeting the residents and pays particular attention to their likes and dislikes in order to build a menu around their tastes.

Matt grew up in the Westcountry and loves outdoor pursuits, such as walking, mountain biking and surfing.

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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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Henry Sowden

Second Chef

Henry has more than 20 years’ experience in the catering industry, cooking and managing kitchens to a high standard. Previous roles have included Hotel Head Chef, and positions in boutique & fine dining restaurants.

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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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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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