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:

Helen Colaco

General Manager

Hi, my name is Helen, and I am the General Manager here at West Abbey. I hope you find what you're looking for on our website.

I have been a nurse for over three decades now and am as passionate about it today as I was thirty years ago. I will always strive to ensure that both my team and I deliver the best care we can. 

I believe that it's a privilege to care for another person's loved one - especially the older people in our homes - we owe them so much.

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Tricia Yahya

Unit Nurse Manager

I enjoy working at West Abbey and have more than 25 years' experience as an RGN. I also have experience working as a General Manager too. We have a great team and are always willing to help. I love what I do as it keeps me happy.

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Dani Vasiu

Unit Nurse Manager

I have worked for Barchester for since 2005 and I am happy to be a part of an amazing team that delivers the highest level of care to those they support.

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Paul Pippard

Care Practitioner

I have been at West Abbey since 2009. I started off as an apprentice Care Assistant and now I am part of the senior team on the unit I work on.

I work alongside the nurses and managers to ensure that the care that is delivered is person-centred and of the highest standard. I am able to administer medication within company and local policies, offer support with other clinical procedures, carry out appraisals, help others to develop themselves and act as a mentor and direct line manager to all the care staff I work with.

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Judith Temple

Care Practitioner

I began working at West Abbey as a Senior Care Assistant, and took the opportunity to develop my skills by training to be a Care Practitioner. This roles means I can now support the nursing team with day-to-day tasks, such as administering medication and basic wound care.

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Louis Buys

Head Chef

I lead the team in the kitchen here at West Abbey. I look at working with the other chefs and residents to devise menus that are attractive, tasty and meet the dietary needs of those living at the home.

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Andrew Pippard

Second Chef

I have worked at West Abbey since 2014. I started off as a Kitchen Assistant and I have worked my way up to Second Chef. I have worked in hospitality since leaving school, and I enjoy providing a high standard of food and service here at West Abbey. The chance of making someone’s day with a smile or a delicious plate of food means the world to me.

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Jane Knapp

Head of Housekeeping

I have experience in private residences, both in the United Kingdom and the south of France. This is my first position working in a care environment and I really enjoy it, and find it most rewarding.

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Siska Redman FH, MTA

Music Therapist

Siska Redman is the Music Therapist at West Abbey in Yeovil and Rothsay Grange in Andover.

After graduating from the prestigious, four-year Heidelberg Music Therapy course, she worked in Germany, Switzerland and Canada before settling down with her family in Somerset.

Siska brings excellence from leading European clinics for neurology and psychosomatics as well as knowledge in special education to her work in Barchester.

She is passionate about delivering music therapy which is fun and empowering. She seeks to open up a creative “headspace” for Barchester residents and staff and focuses on creating and encouraging an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance. Through music, Siska strives to increase the quality of life in the homes where she works.

At West Abbey’s award-nominated dementia unit, Lyde, we call our music therapy sessions ‘spontaneous person-centred music times’. In these sessions people are able to connect through music spontaneously, following the butterfly model developed by ‘Dementia matters’.

Sessions on our young person unit are mostly one-to-one, allowing space for self-expression and very carefully nurturing a musical dialogue.

Our elderly frail residents enjoy a more structured approach with singing groups and a community choir, a cheerful favourite with our residents. The choir sings songs from the war era to Hollywood and the Worzels. Over the years the choir has grown to a sparkly, sizeable choir with fantastic volunteers. It’s always a very happy occasion!

Music is at the heart of the home.

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Mark Kaleda

Head of Maintenance

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