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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Lesley Cole

Acting General Manager

Welcome to Wadhurst Manor's website; my name is Lesley and I am Acting General Manager here.

I have worked for Barchester for many years at several homes in Kent to Devon. Over the years, I have travelled extensively and worked in many countries. My husband and I undertook voluntary work after the tsunami of 2005 in India. We worked in a hospital, school and with fishermen who lost their livelihoods and families during that dreadful time.

My background is varied and includes accident & emergency, occupational health, elderly care and dementia support. I know what ‘good’ looks like and have very high expectations of the homes I look after.

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Hollee Ralph

Home Administrator

I enjoy my role here at Wadhurst Manor, which involves helping out in all departments. My office is the hub of the home and I ensure that all of our staff and bills get paid on time. The best part of my role is spending time with residents and their families and friends. It is very special working at Wadhurst Manor - we are all like family and love a good party! 

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Mel Caruana

Admin Assistant

I am the Admin Assistant here at Wadhurst Manor. I am the first port of call for all enquiries and I am usually the first person to greet you with a smile when you visit our home. My role involves working closely with both staff and residents and is very busy and varied. I love being part of such a great team of people.

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Sarah Smith

Activities Coordinator

I am responsible, along with my assistant, Lesley, for organising all resident activities such as arts and crafts, poetry and reading groups, arranging outings in our mini bus and much, much more.

It gives me such a thrill to make every day special and fun for residents. Finding something for everyone is always my goal - from meetings with the University of the Third Age, doing exercises, art, singing or simply chatting to residents in their rooms. Making every day meaningful is my aim.
I count myself lucky to have such a fun job!

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Warren Lane

Maintenance Manager

I joined the team at Wadhurst in July 2017 and I have a wealth of previous experience, which enables me to complete my tasks to a high standard. I ensure that our home is kept up to date and safe on a regular basis. I enjoy spending time talking to residents on a daily basis as I complete my checks of the home.

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Jo Mallion

Head Chef

With my team I aim to deliver first rate dining every day of the week. All our food is cooked from fresh produce and is of high nutritional value . I love meeting regularly with our residents to ask them about their likes and dislikes and ask them what they would like to see on the menu.

There's something special about being Chef at Wadhurst Manor. It's like cooking for one big happy family!

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Jane Stacey & Lynsey Puttock

Care Assistants

Together, with the rest of the large team, Jane and Lynsey ensure that everyone we support is treated with respect, dignity and compassion each and every day.

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Marta Tajak

Head Housekeeper

Hello, my name is Marta and I am the Head Housekeeper. I have worked at Wadhurst Manor since we opened. I take pride in making sure our home is spotless. I have very high standards for our Housekeeping and Laundry services. I enjoy spending time with the residents and families as much as possible.

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Pet Therapist

Hello! My mummy is the Admin Administrator here at Wadhurst Manor. I very much enjoy my role which involves visiting the residents and offering cuddles to all of them on a daily basis. I can often be seen laying in reception, rolling over waiting for someone to rub my belly. Some say I am the most loved team member! 

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