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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Shirley Emilio

General Manager

Hi, my name is Shirley and I am the General Manager here at Wykeham House. Welcome to our website!

I began my career in care when I decided to do my training and qualified as nurse in Yorkshire in 1985; I lived and worked abroad before returning to the UK a few years ago.

I am passionate about meeting people who care and who genuinely want to make a difference in the care sector. My aim is to inspire and lead a team who have a great energy and attitude. The main focus will always be those we support, who are at the heart of all we do.

I look forward to welcoming you to Wykeham House!

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Kathleen Liang

Deputy Manager

Hello, everyone! I would first like to extend a warm welcome to you all, and secondly, take the opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Kathleen Liang and I took up the post of Deputy General Manager in July 2017.

I started my career as a Carer when I was 18. After qualifying, I held a number of posts with in Dorset, including as an RGN, Clinical Lead and Head of Care. I therefore have a wide range of experience with elderly, physically frail and dementia residents.

Rest assured that I will use my knowledge and skills to provide a supportive environment for both staff and residents. I will ensure that we deliver a quality, person-centred service to those we support.

If you have any queries or concerns about any aspect of nursing care or the medical management of your loved one, please do not hesitate to speak to me – my door is always open.

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Kathy Lambert


I have worked at Wykeham House since 2 January 1997, three months after the home was opened. I started as a part-time Administrative Assistant before becoming the Administrator on 1 October 1998. I achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration in 2001. I deal with the business and finance of the home, working closely with the General Manager.

I work with a great team of people and no two days are ever the same at Wykeham House which I like very much. During my time at the home, I have met some amazing people - they have been staff, residents and relatives, many of whom have moved on and I still keep in touch with some of them.

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Dawn Charania

Administrative Assistant

I was an accountant by trade and came to Wykeham House in 2015.

I am family-orientated person and love the atmosphere that Wykeham is known for.

Being versatile, I have worked in the kitchen as chef for one day, which was a great day, and demonstrated Wykeham's team work.

My contact with residents is constant and I love getting to know their loved ones. Often, I am the first person visitors meet when they come through the doors and we offer a warm welcome to everyone.

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Lorraine Jammeh

Activities Coordinator

I have been at Wykeham House since 2009 in both care and activities-related capacities. I enjoy what I do immensely; keeping residents stimulated and interested in varying activities is a vital part of their day. We encourage residents to be vocal about their favourite and least favourite activities Because of our minibus, residents can enjoy trips out to get coffee, go shopping, or even to spend a day at the beach.

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Robert Telus

Head Chef

I was born in Poland and have been in the UK since 1992  I am married with two children and started my career in catering in the army, working in restaurants in London and then with Barchester Healthcare in 2012 as Head Chef.

I strive to always meet residents' expectations and am always open to new suggestions. Events are my speciality, and seeing everyone enjoy my food gives me great satisfaction. Currently, we are running the ‘Done Dine Alone’ initiative and welcome new guests.

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Haidee Lucinario, Mary Prom and Cheryl Chavez

Nursing Team

Some nurses at Wykeham House have been here for over fifteen years. They are professional, knowledgeable and experienced in many aspects or general nursing care and supporting people living with dementia.

Reviews and updates for families are crucial and the team are here to answer questions and support residents and their loved ones.

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Robert Telus & Anna Ociepka

Catering Team

Our catering team prepares and delivers tasty and nutritious dishes to those we support.

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Richard Hill

Head of Maintenance

My name is Richard, but people call me Ricardo, Taffy or Welshman, among other named!

I have worked at Wykeham House for over 10 years. I was employed as the Head Chef for the first 5 years, however, since then, l have worked as the Head of Maintenance.

I love my role, as no two days are the same! One minute l am plumber, then next an electrician, then a painter & decorator – just to name a few of the things l do!

The residents are foremost in my thinking and I believe our elders should always be treated with dignity and politeness and, above all, respect. I also enjoy the banter you get with residents and it is nice to hear some of their life stories. 

As a member of the Barchester family, l hope to be here for many more years to come, as this is one of the most satisfying jobs l have ever had. I love it!

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Housekeeping & Laundry Team

Our well established team have been together for over five years. We strive to offer the best service and take pride in the fact that we very rarely have missing items of clothing! We understand that laundry issues can sometimes be a problem in care homes and we work closely with residents and loved ones to ensure that if there is anything specific regarding clothing or advice needed, we are here to help.

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Ray Chavez

Head of Housekeeping

I have done a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management Engineering in Materials and Testing. I joined Wykeham House as a kitchen porter in 2003 and was promoted to Head of Housekeeping in 2005. I am responsible for the overall operation of the Housekeeping Department and upholding the highest standard of Cleanliness and Safety. While I am going round the home carrying my chores, I always find time to talk to the residents and have a laugh with them. I am good at making them smile.

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Natasha & Irina

Care Assistants

Wykeham House has a dedicated team of Care Assistants who are integral to all the care we provide, and understand the importance of team work. They are passionate about the work they do and caring for residents is their number one priority.

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