Meet the Upton Bay Care Home team

Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members  below.

Mevin Sohorye

General Manager

Hi, my name is Mevin, and I am the General Manager here at Upton Bay. Welcome to our website!

I hail from the beautiful island of Mauritius and began my career in care under the advice of my greatest influence – my mum. For this very reason it has always been a vocation to me.

I have a wealth of experience having worked for both private and public health care providers and I have ‘worked my way up’. Prior to joining Barchester, I worked as a Home Manager for a specialist dementia and mental health care home. I also spent some years in London working for a large care provider, where I worked my way up from Deputy Manager to a senior management role, which involved overseeing the smooth running of 16 homes, including nursing, dementia and mental health facilities. I have gained many qualifications, including an NVQ 5 in Management & Leadership.

I strive for excellence and will dedicate myself to ensure those who live here have the best quality of life possible. I am deeply passionate about bringing the absolute best out of everyone. Most of all, I lead with my heart.

I live locally with my beautiful and devoted wife, Rachel. I am also an avid Liverpool fan and will rarely miss a match! I love to cook and I am a trained chef. Also, music and dance are a huge vice for me.

Shadow Gould

Deputy Manager

My story into care initially started on somewhat of a whim, in all honesty I don’t think the twenty year old me quite realised the path I would be taking in those coming days, months and years. I fell in love with my role, the feeling of making a difference to someone’s day, big or small or even if this was for the smallest of seconds, in that moment to that person it mattered, and it mattered to me. Seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter, the happiness and the joy from others is what truly makes working in care so special to me. I progressed and transitioned through the roles of Care Giver, Senior Care Giver and Deputy Manager whilst attaining my qualifications and NVQ’s. I have predominantly worked in Residential, Dementia and Mental Health care settings, my key area of interest is Safeguarding.

For any person, family member or loved one, choosing a care home can understandably be an extremely difficult time; the worries, possible guilt and most likely the million and one questions racing around their minds, yet having an open door culture, a strong committed and well trained team is something I feel can really help reduce those worries and anxieties. I am a strong believer that the only thing to change when moving into a care setting is the postcode, whilst being supported to live life to the very fullest, providing continuous opportunities to love, grow and laugh whilst promoting living life to the very fullest.

Barchester’s renowned reputation and ethos proves only too much that this career change was most definitely the start of yet another exciting chapter and very much an opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise within the rest of the team embarking on this upcoming venture. Upton Bay will no doubt be an extremely special, happy home, providing the very most outstanding support and care, promoting togetherness and independence.

Outside work, I love to spend time visiting lots of different places whilst experiencing different cultures, not forgetting the tasting and trying of new foods! I have quite the passion for art, I love to draw and paint. My friends and family are so very special to me, I love spending time with those that I love dearly, should this be over a glass of wine in the sunshine, a BBQ or just a ‘natter’ on the phone

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Sophie Payne

Home Services Advisor

My experience comes from caring for complex brain injuries in care and rehabilitation settings, and also within my own family. I have found confidence and passion for providing support for adults, and experience in care gives me a true understanding of what families are going through when choosing the right care home for their loved one, so I will be on hand to guide you through the process with compassion and empathy.

To keep my brain ticking over, I am currently working towards an NVQ Level 4 in Adult Care. My background is in working the skies for a luxury airline: I’ve always time to share a story or two over a cuppa, and promise to provide the highest standard of customer service. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the wonderful residents and clients new to Upton Bay!

At home, I’m a mum to mini sausage dog, Cornelius. I’m very family orientated and always manage to schedule time for making (and eating) pancakes with my mum and the family pooches!

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Monika Sypula


What was only ever meant to have been a two week holiday in England ended up with me falling in love with the ‘Sunny South Coast’ and fifteen years later it has become the place I call home. I really do love Dorset.

Owing to my strong philanthropic streak and caring nature, I made the choice to work in care after 11 years as an Administrator at a University in Poland.  

Most recently I worked as an Administrator in a specialist Residential Dementia care home. I enjoy the buzz and atmosphere of care home life and love getting to know the residents, their loved ones and their life history.

Whilst my role is to primarily oversee the day to day administrative duties for the home I will most certainly be immersing myself into day-to-day life at Upton Bay. I believe very much in the Barchester ethos of ‘celebrating life’ and this is something I personally live by.

Outside of work I am a volunteer with a number of local charities most notably Julia’s House, which is a children’s charity and I actively support them in my free time, I relish in it and love getting out into the community. I love walks on the beach and am a strong advocate for being environmentally friendly.

I am so proud to say I work for Barchester Healthcare with such a wonderful, unique, diverse and open minded team that clearly share the same passion about care as I do - It’s such an exciting time and I cannot wait to meet you all.

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Karen Grant

Activities Coordinator

I first worked in the care sector in 2010, starting in domiciliary care and progressing to Care Coordinator. I have since gained a wealth of experience in dedicated dementia and residential activities, working as a peripatetic activities coordinator in 16 out of 20 homes within a group, and then in 2018, I was part of a team that commissioned a new luxury care home, where I was an Activities Team Leader.

I enjoy making wishes come true for residents: in February 2015, I organised my first wedding in a care home. The lady resident who was living with dementia was unable to travel to Hertfordshire for her granddaughters wedding, so I brought the wedding to her. I organised a wedding blessing at the home; we had a vicar, a choir, all of the bridal party, the flowers, a buffet, a wedding cake, champagne—the full works.

In 2017, I organised a smaller wedding in the garden, and this was a special wish for a gentleman resident to see his granddaughter married. Organising these special moments gives me a lot of pleasure, knowing I have made them feel special and to give families that happiness and see them smile.

I cannot wait to welcome our residents into their wonderful new home and help to bring smiles, joy and laughter to each day.

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Mark Jeffries

Second Chef

Hi, I'm Mark, Second Chef at Upton Bay.

Originally from Wimborne, I learned my trade studying at Bournemouth Catering college.

I have worked in many hotels, restaurants and public houses in a long career in catering before settling in to working for nearly 17 years as Head Chef on a military base.

I moved to Upton Bay because I love to cook. I felt immediately at home and wanted to give everything I could to those who need it the most.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening, family time, cycling and travel. In 2017, I spent a 7 month sabbatical travelling round the world by cruise, and 2 months travelling the United States from coast to coast - It’s my real passion!

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Alain Fadonougbo

Head Chef

My career in hospitality and catering started in 1995. I’ve worked and trained in France, managed beach resorts in Ghana and I am now very settled and happy in the UK.

I started working as a chef in the care sector in 2007. I chose to join Barchester as their standards and expectations are so high. I believe a good chef is an artist and should be able to create delicious menus from the local, seasonal produce on offer.

We have a strong passionate team here at Upton Bay and we are looking forward to welcoming our residents to their new home.

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Wendy Ayley

Head Housekeeper

Hi, My name is Wendy and I am the Head Housekeeper at Upton Bay.

I've worked in care since before 2001 so have lots of experience and high standards when it comes to cleaning. Love a home to be as clean and fragrant after 5 years as it is on day one.

Looking after the concerns of our residents is high priority whether it be keeping their rooms clean or ironing their clothes so they always look their best. I love my job and developing my team.

Personally I have a big love for Poole Town Football Club where I work as a volunteer alongside my husband who is the kit manager. Keeping the teams looking smart at every match mirrors my standards at work. My second passion is walking our dog in new places as often as possible. She is a Labrador cross German shepherd and hasn't been dry for 24 hours since we rescued her.

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Amalia Clinci


I love my role as I am very detail-oriented, very trustworthy, kind, outgoing, organised and responsible. I am excited to start my job at Upton Bay Care Home because it is a new and welcoming care home with all the latest facilities and a focus on luxurious living at very high standards.

I like working with my colleagues because they are all very warm people, very helpful and, by working together, we will make a very good team for residents to feel like a family. 

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Ela Pasek

Senior Care Assistant

Hello, my name is Ela Pasek, I work as a Senior Care Assistant and I work night shifts.

I have spent all of my professional life caring for vulnerable people, both elderly and young people. I am naturally caring by nature; I find it very rewarding that my job makes a real difference to people's lives, putting smile on their faces. I joined the Upton Bay Team in February and I already know that our Team is a group of lovely, responsible and passionate people with a great sense of humour - we all share the same values of integrity, respect and empowerment.

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Emma Barlow

Senior Care Assistant

I am a Senior Care Assistant and I am so proud and excited to be part of such a great new home and team.

I am honoured to be one of the first people you and your loved ones will meet. I understand that it can be an emotional time moving into a care home, but rest assured, we will be offering the best care, comfort and companionship possible.

I have been working in the care sector since 2005. I love my job and I am very passionate about what I do as a Senior Care Assistant and I love making a difference and putting a smile on someone’s face.

I look forward to meeting you all and welcoming you to Upton Bay.

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Michelle Pola

Senior Care Assistant

Hi I'm Michelle, I am a senior care assistant and I work nights at Upton Bay.

Originally from Birmingham I started my working life in the civil service. I moved to Poole in 2005 and started my career in care shortly afterwards. I have worked in domiciliary care, supported living as well as care homes.

My passion is that everyone receives the highest quality of care as well as supporting new staff to gain more knowledge and experience and see them grow in confidence.

When I am not at work my three huskies keep me busy.

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Iryna Ihnatovich

Senior Care Assistant

I am very happy and proud to be working here. All of my colleagues are so passionate about what they are doing and we all share Barchester's values. 

My journey into care work started in 2009, when I joined one of the local care agencies. I had a chance of working in different places and meeting lots of new people. At the same time, I gained vast experience working with a variety of clients who lived in their own homes, units and hospitals. As much as I liked doing all that, I realised that my passion is in elderly care.

I am passionate about improving people’s lives and I love to see the smiles on residents' faces. I worked my way up from being a bank care assistant and completing my NVQs in Social Care. I always seek to improve and to become the best I can be. After I finished my NVQ Level 5, I worked as a Deputy Manager in a domiciliary care agency in Bournemouth.  

I am feeling very excited about welcoming more residents into Upton Bay and changing their life for the better with the help of my wonderful colleagues. 

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Kirsty Capenter

Care Assistant

I am truly proud and very honoured to have been chosen to be part of such a great new home and team here at Upton Bay.

I have worked in the care sector since 2015 and it is my absolute passion. I love my role as a Care Assistant and making a big difference to someone’s day is such a great feeling; nothing beats it. 

I look forward to meeting you all with a big smile and a warm welcome to Upton Bay. 

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Sophie O'Sullivan

Care Assistant

I am a Care Assistant here at Upton Bay. I have four children and joined the care sector in 2018, when my youngest started school.

I am very grateful to have been chosen for my role at Upton Bay. It really is a beautiful home in a stunning area, and we have a great team in place.

My face will be one of the first you will see when you come to Upton Bay. I know it can be a daunting time for you and your loved one, but rest assured, I will always do my best to ensure your loved one is settled, comfortable and happy.

I absolutely love my job and I will always go the extra mile to ensure everyone is comfortable and have everything they need.

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Tamsyn Heeps

Care Assistant

I am really excited to be part of this brand new team! I’m really looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to Upton Bay.

I have been in the care sector since 2015 and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I have such a passion for providing the best care possible and keeping smiles on faces. 

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Rose Hollis

Care Assistant

I am passionate about delivering a high standard of care. I’m so proud to be part of the team at Upton Bay I am married with six children and I enjoy family time, gardening, reading, travelling and musicals. I look forward to welcoming you and your family to Upton Bay.

Niamh Christopher

Care Assistant

Hello my name is Niamh, I am very privileged and honoured to be a member of Team Upton Bay.

I have been working in care since 2019 and I have loved every bit of it. I have such a passion for care. The main part I love about my job is getting to know all the residents and caring for them in the best way I possibly can. Getting to know the family members is also a huge part of my role and is essential in making sure that you know that your precious loved ones are in the best hands possible.

Making a difference to someone’s day just makes the job even better knowing that I have helped with that, it’s the best feeling.

Outside work I own a horse, who keeps me busy and on my toes! I love to be out in the open getting fresh air. I also have a Level 3 diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, which is also a passion of mine, again it’s all about helping people with their mind, body and health, which makes people feel better in themselves. I am planning to carry this on and further my knowledge by doing a Level 4 Diploma. I love spending time with my family and friends.

I cannot wait to meet you all at Upton Bay with a warm welcome from all our amazing team. 

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Natalie Cox

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Natalie. I am so excited to be a part of this team in a brand new beautiful care home. I am a night Care Assistant so I will be here throughout the night for whatever you need! You’re never alone and always in safe hands.  

I have been working in the care industry since 2013, my main passion is dementia care, I’ve done vast amounts of dementia training and I volunteered in a dementia care home during my maternity leave. 

I look forward to seeing you and offering you a warm welcome at Upton Bay.

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Life at our homes booklet

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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