Meet the Wadhurst Manor Care Home 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:

Maria Stefea

General Manager

Hi my name is Maria, and I am the General Manager here at Wadhurst Manor. Welcome to our website!

I am a Registered Nurse who has many years of experience in health & social care, which includes time spent in the private sector.

I have a Level 5 Diploma in Management and I have been the General Manager of Wadhurst Manor since September 2020.

I believe that everyone should have the best care possible and that we should treat each other as if we're family. There is nothing more rewarding then to be able to support and care for people in the later stages of their life.

I am proud to be the General Manager of Wadhurst Manor, and I look forward to welcoming you or your loved ones into our care.

Stephanie Mccrossan

Home Administrator

Hi my name is Steph and I’m the Home Administrator at Wadhurst Manor. I’ve been working for Barchester Healthcare since August 2020, my previous role being a Peripatetic Administration Assistant supporting homes across the South. My role involves dealing with all the financial aspects of the home and HR. Prior to joining Barchester I was a retail manager working for Mark’s and Spencer’s and Debenhams. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering as Supporters Liaison Officer at my local football club, Hastings United. My experiences mean that I’m passionate that we deliver not just great customer care but an excellent customer experience for both our residents and their families

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Maya Manea

Clinical Lead

I am the clinical lead here at Wadhurst Manor, I have worked in Barchester for 5 years and I have been a registered nurse for 7 years. I have recently been working as a peripatetic nurse within our 2 sister homes but in April 2020 I was promoted to Clinical Lead based at Wadhurst Manor. I enjoy working with the team here and supporting them in anyway I can. I am very passionate about my job and I need to know my residents are receiving high quality care.

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Monica Sardaru

Registered General Nurse

Hi my name is Monica and I am a registered Nurse here at Wadhurst Manor. I joined the team in June 2017. I qualified as a Nurse back in 2014 and worked for a few smaller companies previously. The team here are lovely to work with and we all have a great relationship. I am very passionate about my role and our residents are at the heart of everything I do.

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Preye Ejovwo-Ottoh

Registered General Nurse

Hello, I am Preye I am a Registered Nurse here and have been in this role since December of 2020. I previously worked in Hospitals and care setting in America so this is a very different experience for me. One I am enjoying very much though. Our residents are just lovely and it is a pleasure caring for them.

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Tamsin Watts

Admin assistant

Hi, my name is Tamsin and I am the administration assistant. I have worked at Wadhurst Manor since 2019 starting as a part time receptionist. Previous to this role i was a primary school teacher. I have really enjoyed interacting with residents their families and staff here. I have only recently taken on the role as admin assistant. I will look forward to greeting you and helping with any queries or questions you may have. 

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Richard Hool

Head Chef

Working with fresh produce is both rewarding and interesting and helps me to create seasonal menus, of which our residents enjoy very much. We have a strong and passionate team here and we are looking forward to welcoming our new residents to their new home.

Sarah Smith

Assistant Activities Coordinator

I have worked at Wadhurst Manor in many different roles since December 2011. Prior to this I worked as a nurse, exercise teacher and and preschool supervisor. I have 4 lovely children who are now grown up and travelling the world. My hobbies include visiting my children, singing, dancing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, reading and amateur dramatics.I find enabling residents to remain active and engaged both physically and mentally is a wonderfully rewarding job. I particularly enjoy working on our memory lane units becoming immersed in their realities, enabling them to live their best lives by concentrating on what they can do not what they can't.


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Charlotte Preston

Activities Co-ordinator

Hi, my name is Charlotte Preston. I joined Wadhurst Manor in January 2021 as the activity lead.

For the past year I have been working in the community as a carer. Prior to this I spent over 10 years working within the safari industry in South Africa. I had the pleasure of hosting and guiding many international clients, sharing the amazing African wildlife with them. I am also a mum of two busy twin girls and my hobbies include, horse riding, photography, reading, writing and travelling.

I am incredibly passionate about working with people and I am looking forward integrating my hospitality skills and caring knowledge into the day to day activities we do with the wonderful residents. 

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Mark Toomey

Head of Maintenance

Hello, My Name Is Mark Toomey, I started working At Barchester July 2021, I enjoy the role of maintenance as its very varied not one day is the same. I like to keep the home looking nice and fresh for Residents, Staff and all visitors.  

Previously I’ve work in different Care Homes/Hotels as a Maintenance Man for many Years.  I Have 3 children and 5 Step children, love Football, enjoy taking our 2 dogs (A Labrador and Springer Spaniel) out for walks along the coast.

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Alina Caramidaru

Healthcare Assistant

Hello, I am Alina and have worked here at Wadhurst Manor since January 2021. I came to this country in January from my home country of Romania. I speak fluent French, and work as a Judges assistant for many years. Before opening a family restaurant business in our small town. We came to England as a family with my Husband and two sons. We couldn't be happier now and Wadhurst Manor is a wonderful place to work.

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Daniela Eremencu

Senior Healthcare Assistant

I have worked here since 2020, however previously I worked in one of our sister homes in Eastbourne. I have been a senior care assistant for over 8 years. It is a role I am very passionate about and I was a Registered Nurse in Romania so caring is in my heart. I am training to be a care practitioner here at Wadhurst and everyone has been so helpful in making this dream a reality for me.

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Cristanto Belleza

Healthcare Assistant

Hi, I have been working at Wadhurst Manor since arriving in England from my home country of the Philippines in July 2020. We are a great team here and I have made some lifelong friends. We work very well together and always put our residents first.

Marta Tajak

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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Bheen Godar

Healthcare Assistant

I am Bheen, welcome I have been working here since August 2020. Previous to this role I was a chef in both Indian and Chinese restaurants in Tunbridge Wells. It is a role I enjoyed and learnt a lot. However this role for me helps with my work life balance. We are a great team and I really enjoy coming into work every day.

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Jacqueline Ndayikunda

Healthcare Assistant

Hello I am Jacqueline but everyone calls me Jackie. I have been working here at Wadhurst Manor since 2015. I started as an agency Carer. I really liked the way the home was run and the ethos behind everything they do. When a position became available I did not hesitate to apply. The team are great as is the management too. 

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Ken Graham

Senior Healthcare Assistant

Hi I am Ken. I have been a Senior carer here for 7 years now. I have had a few roles a couple being a specialist epilepsy support worker and another as a medic for a doctors surgery. I really enjoy my role, I work predominantly within our memory lane community. Supporting those living with dementia. I enjoy the interaction with each of them. The appreciation we receive back is so rewarding.

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Marie Carson

Healthcare Assistant

I started working in our sister home back in 2012. I transferred over to Wadhurst Manor in October 2020. My previous role was one of a college lecturer teaching young children painting, decorating and contruction. Care is a very different role for me but one i enjoy immensely. I enjoy making a difference to those that really need it. 

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Jimmy Hole

Resident Ambassador

Hello my name is Jimmy, I am a resident here at Wadhurst Manor. I have lived here since July 2019 and since moving in have made lots of new friends. Everyone is really friendly and the staff are wonderful. I really enjoy helping out  with some odd jobs it keeps me busy and I love meeting and greeting all the new guests that come into the home.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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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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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01892 629 528

All other calls

01892 786 700

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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