MEET THE TEAM

We would like to introduce you to the Bentley House team.

General Manager 

Michelle Whitmill

I have worked for Signature for around 4 years as a General Manager. I am a nurse and have worked in care homes for the past 15 years.
I have 4 children, who are 21, 20, 12 and 9yrs old. They are kind enough to keep me busy as their chauffer and entertaining their friends! When I do get some time to myself, I do enjoy tinkering with Max – Max is my Mazda MX-5

Move- In Co-ordinator

Jenny Vanlint 

I have worked in the Care Sector for ten years and the past five years at Bentley House.
Firstly in an administration role covering Finance and HR and my present position as Move In Coordinator within the Marketing Department.
I have successfully completed an Advanced Level in Customer Service together with my Business Administration Diploma.

I am passionate to ensure the Resident’s move into their new apartment goes smoothly. By liaising with the Resident and their family at every stage of the move in process.
From overseeing furniture deliveries and to make sure the wishes of the resident are fully put in place for their new home.
We always have a warm welcome for the Resident and their family when coming to Bentley House.

Dementia Care Manager

Carol Quinn

When I was at school my ambition was always to be a nurse for as long as I can remember.

Didn’t like school much so when I was 15 I left school and was lucky to be employed as a cadet nurse. I was excited and spent 3 years in that position, after which I trained to become a nurse for those with special needs and years later trained as a general nurse.

Deviated once after my son was born and I moved back up north. I was “Matron” in charge of what seemed like hundreds of babies and small children in Pontins Holiday camp. Quite an experience.

I have worked in a care home setting for the past 27 years!

Many years have passed since my time as a cadet nurse, but I still have the same passion for caring for people.

I have a son still living at home, and a daughter and one beautiful grandson who now live in Spain so enjoy trips to the sun.

Residential Manager

Michelle Humphreys

I have worked in health and social care for 8 years. I have progressed throughout my career by achieving level 2,3,4 and 5 in health and social care Management. I have worked as a Care Manager in domiciliary, covering two boroughs, Epping and Harlow; however, my heart is within a home setting and have been a Residential Manager for 5 years.

I am very passionate about my role and the residents are at the heart of all I do. Seeing smiles on others that I and my team help and support is worth more than anything. Going home feeling extremely proud that we have made a difference to someone’s life. I would describe myself as a friendly, polite, approachable and kind person, always willing to help others and always willing to learn mote to expand my knowledge.
I thrive to support others to progress in their careers, as I have learnt over the years with a supportive Manager, you can become anything you desire. I will ensure that I always ‘wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction’

Nursing Manager

Shiji Mathew

I have been working in care/nursing industry for 28 years. I graduated as BSc Nurse in 1992 in India. Started my career as nurse since then. Initial 2 years I worked in India in a Multi Super Specialty Medical College Hospital, from nurse role to Ward In charge role.
In 1994 I moved to Kuwait, worked in Ministry of health in surgical unit as nurse to Ward in charge.
In 2006 moved to UK and started my career in UK. Worked for few health care providers in different roles such as nurse, Dementia manager, Deputy Manager and home manager.
When Bentley house about to open I always used to tell my colleagues that I am going to Bentley House when it opens. My word came true. I got the job as nurse at Bentley house and started my career with Signature. I promoted as nursing care manager in 2019.
I am responsible for managing the nursing team and to work with them in making clinical decisions, to make a difference in our resident’s lives where possible. I love my team and really appreciate their hard work and team spirit. The team is very dedicated in their role. I feel very privileged to be part of such a lovely, caring team who are dedicated to maintaining the best quality of life for all our residents.

Head Chef

Tony Henderson

Standing next to my granny was my first memory of food. I would help her with preparing the evening meal for all the family and that started my love of cooking when I realised that I could make people happy just by mixing together a few ingredients.
I then started in the food hospitality industry in the mid-’80s and have over 30 years of experience in hotels, contract catering and banqueting events.
I believe in cooking fresh seasonal ingredients to provide well balanced and creative menus to meet my customer’s expectations.
I have moved to the private care sector to bring my wealth of experience to lead the chef team to higher standards of food delivery.
My wife and I love taking our two Labradors for long walks in the countryside where we live and also enjoy eating out to broaden our food knowledge

People Services Manager

Gaye Summers

After graduating from the University of Warwick in 1989, I joined Sainsbury’s as a graduate trainee and worked in a number of roles in Head Office and stores, moving into an HR role in 2003.
In 2006, I moved into the care sector, joining a privately-run care home business based in North London as HR Officer. During my time there, I gained my CIPD qualification. In January 2015, I joined a larger, privately-run care home business based in Herts and Bucks and worked as an HR Advisor.
I joined Bentley House in July 2016 as HR Manager, bringing to the role a wealth of valuable and extensive HR and care sector experience. I am based at Bentley House but now also support other Signature Homes in the Region. I’m very proud to be working for Signature Senior Lifestyle!
I am passionate about people and make it my mission to recruit the best care and nursing staff for Bentley House. We are always looking for people who are interested in working with the elderly and want to do a good job!
If you would like to join our great team, please email your CV with a covering note to hr.bentley@signaturesl.co.uk

Find out about Bentley House’s management structure here.