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General Manager

Victoria Read

I started with Signature in December 2018, and very happy to call The Beeches home.

I have several years’ experience in managing Care and Nursing facilities in London, as well as over 20 years management experience working in the Health, Leisure and Fitness Industry before I made the decision to move in to the Care Sector, which is one of the best decisions I have ever made!  Working in the Leisure industry sounds a million miles away from what I am doing now, however you will be surprised  on how many similarities there are, especially when it comes to ensuring that the care , safety and wellbeing of our Residents, Relatives and staff are at the forefront of the decisions I make in regards to the day to day running of the home.

I am extremely proud and privileged to be part of an organisation and in a home  – The Beeches, that truly believes in providing the best care , enabling residents to be who they are, enjoy life , be happy , make friendships remain active and a staff team that ensures everyone is treated  with the upmost dignity and respect.

Care Services Manager

Alison Jayawardena

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1986 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.  I spent 24 years in high profile private healthcare units, within 2 large acute London Hospital Trusts gaining experience from ward manager to senior nurse before going into operational management.

As our Care Service Manager, I am a knowledgeable, caring and dynamic team member at The Beeches.  I am truly proud to be part of an organisation such as Signature, which embeds such key areas of quality and dedicated care into the lives of our residents and their families. This is why I joined the nursing profession and now I am able to really make a difference at such important, sensitive and private times in people’s lives and to offer support, direction and information to all members of the care team. It is a real privilege to be part of the team here at The Beeches.

 

Dementia Care Manager

Jana Krapkova

After finishing a Business Course in the Czech Republic, I started as a carer, looking after people with mental health problems.
When I moved to England, in 2007, I originally worked as a carer in a home near Watford. At the time, my manager offered me the position of Senior Carer/Training Co-ordinator in Romford, so I relocated to Essex.

I was looking after young, physically disabled people. I found my passion for palliative care as we worked closely with St Francis Hospice.
Years later I was promoted to Home Based Trainer and provided mandatory training to all staff. I had the opportunity to travel around different homes in the area and study a course provided by Bradford University: “Person First, Dementia Second”. After that, I knew I had to go back into care.
I have been at The Beeches since October 2015. I started as a Lead Carer and have now worked my way up as a Dementia Care Manager. I love it here and really feel like I make a difference to our residents.

 

*We are proud to add that Jana won the Dementia Care Manager at The National Care Awards 2017

Nursing Care Manager

Katy Marling

I began my career in healthcare 10 years ago, where I started as a care assistant in a respiratory ward. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and feel that it gave me invaluable experience in the importance of “hands-on” care, and building a relationship with patients and their loved ones, as well as with colleagues.
I was lucky enough to be sponsored to complete my Registered Nurse training, and I did so through London Southbank University. My favourite part of my training was being on placement in various settings within healthcare – I was lucky enough to have placements ranging from Obstetrics to Oncology.

It was during these placements that I really found my passion for Nursing – Palliative and End of Life Care. Once I had qualified I went to work at a Hospice, where I worked up the ladder until I became a Community Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care. I enjoyed my time working in the community setting, however eventually came to realise that I would like to settle somewhere, and get to know people away from the often rapidly changing environment of community-based work.

I have now been at The Beeches since November 2018, and have settled into my new role well. This has been possible with the guidance and support from my new colleagues, and also from the residents, who I feel very privileged to be around every day.
Every day brings something new, and I feel very pleased to be here.

Client Liaison Manager

Sommer Turner

I am proud to be the Client Liaison Manager at The Beeches as it allows me to meet with residents and families who are looking at care plan choices for either themselves or a loved one, providing advice and guidance at what can be a very challenging and emotional time.

I am always proud to invite people to show around our lovely community at The Beeches which allows them to see for themselves how our residents’ lives are enhanced with the care and support each person receives. I find it remarkably rewarding to see our new residents settle into their new lifestyle in our stunning environment and I am very proud to be part of a fantastic and dedicated team

Move in Coordinator

Tamara Turnsek

I was born in Slovenia, where I studied Political science – defence studies. I moved to England at the end of 2017 to start a family, I was very fortunate to find a job at The Beeches.
I started as a receptionist, where I got to know the residents and their family. I quickly realised that I wanted to do more, and really felt like the role of move-in coordinator could be the right thing for me. I love interacting with people and make them feel as welcome and comfortable as they should be.

Activities Manager

Augusta Udo

I joined The Beeches in the year 2013, and feel honoured to be part of a caring and dedicated team.
I have experience in banking, retail and health care sector. I am fondly referred to as Charity by my children and Aggie or Agatha by our residents. Whilst those in management would say I’m a softy and competitive my team would call me a ‘Boss’ as a result of having a strong desire to achieve success.  As for me, I am forever smiling because every day is a bonus. There is no greater joy than when I transform someone’s state of mind and lift their spirits to show them that I care.

Restaurant Manager

Sharon Bishop

As Restaurant Manager, I make sure that not only are our residents well fed but that the dining experience is top quality and thoroughly enjoyable one for our residents and their guests. Our Head Chef has been widely applauded for his creative and “absolutely sumptuous” fare by all that have tasted it and I help to ensure that the restaurant is well managed with diners being served by experienced and friendly waiting staff. Our residents enjoy both nutritious food rich in all the vital minerals and vitamins they require together with a wide choice for all needs and desires on a daily basis.