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.

Adrian Stoean

Deputy Manager

Hi my name is Adrian and I am one the Deputy Manager here at Wadhurst Manor. I joined Barchester in September 2020. Previous to this role, I was the Clinical Service Manager at HC1, also Acare Solutions and Aplus care. My diverse background means I am well equipped to deal with any situation. I really enjoy the challenge and the fast pace of this environment. Every day is different and i strive to give the best possible care to each resident. 

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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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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.

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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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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Sarah Dirilmis

Assistant Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sarah and I recently joined Wadhurst Manor Care Home in December 2020.

Prior to this role I was an activity co-ordinator in a school. I have a real passion for encouraging people to live as independently as they can and remain as active as they can both mentally and physically.  Being able to interact with both the residents and their families helps me get to know the residents well to provide the best person centred activities for them.

My hobbies include swimming, walking, gardening and reading. Having a young son has encouraged me to promote a healthy lifestyle which I am hoping to pass on to the 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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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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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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Agnieszka Raszynka

Healthcare Assistant

I am Agnes. I started working here at Wadhurst Manor in 2020. I came over from Poland my native country in 2012 and worked as a Mental Health Support Worker. Its a role I enjoyed very much with lots of differnent challenges. I new i enjoyed that field of work so i gained my Level 2 in Dementia care. I then knew that i wanted to work with elderly living with dementia. I enjoy spending time with each resident and making them feel special. We really try to maintain their independence too.

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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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