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Our team at
Abney Court

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Meet our friendly care team

Our team are as unique and different as the residents – but they all share a passion for providing the very best experience every day, from the care they give, to the food they prepare and the fantastic range of activities they organise. Take a look at their profiles to find out more about them.

Amcia Hara

Home Manager

Amcia Hara

I joined Abney Court as Home Manager in 2022, after hearing about Care UK’s great reputation, and being a kind and patient person, Care UK’s values really resonated with me.

Achieving a level 5 diploma in Health and Social care and achieving an award for my work are some of my career highlights, along with establishing resident-led clubs that contributed to fulfilling lives. In this role, I love walking around the suites and seeing residents and the team interacting. I’m really enjoying getting to know all the residents, as they all have such interesting histories and life stories.

In my free time, I really enjoy roller skating and I just love to bake!

Erminia Anglesea
Customer Relations Manager

After working in the airline industry for some time, I decided to work for Care UK and make a difference to the lives of the residents in the Care UK community.

Since I have a long experience in sales and customer service, I am cognisant of the importance in listening and understanding the different needs of every resident living in Abney Court.

In my free time, I enjoy going to yoga classes and spending quality time with my two young sons.

I look forward to welcoming you to Abney Court and being part of our family!

Phil Lyons
Head Chef

Before joining the team at Abney Court, I was Head Chef at the University of Manchester.

 When it was time for a new challenge, I wanted to experience a different style of catering, and work in a role where I could make a big difference. Here I can use my skills to deliver the best possible food and dining experience to Abney Court residents. They deserve the best.

In this role it’s important to be a strong leader and a good team player. You need to be enthusiastic with the residents too, and keen to learn all about their likes, dislikes and dietary needs. You never know it all – there are always new details to discover about residents and their favourite foods.

I enjoy the feeling each day that everyone is happy and well catered for, and they’ve enjoyed what the team and I have served up for them.

In my spare time, I like to keep fit by going to the gym, and spending time with my family.

Samantha Rylatt
Suite Lead

I joined Care UK and Abney Court in 2019 because I wanted to challenge myself and work for an organisation with high standards and expectations of care.

Before I joined the Abney Court team I was the Deputy Manager of a care home providing residential dementia care, however, gaining my current role has definitely been my career highlight.

I’m the Unit Manager of Abney Court’s dementia suite and I have to say that my favourite part of any day is the time I spend interacting with residents, seeing them smile and listening to their stories. The secret to success in this role, and what brings such satisfaction to me, is building lasting relationships – with residents and their families and with my colleagues at Abney Court.

Away from work I love to unwind by growing fruit and veg on my allotment. I’m also a keen cook and enjoy a bit of knitting too!

Sue Tomlinson
Suite Lead

I started out as a care assistant working in domiciliary care and in another care home.

I joined the Abney Court team in 2018 because Care UK had a great reputation for delivering great care and for enabling its colleagues to develop their skills and career.

As a Suite Lead I aim to lead the team by example, supporting and encouraging them and showing them the best practice way of doing things. Good leadership and communication skills are important. But, above all, what we do is about always putting the needs of the residents first.

One of the best parts of my role is engaging with the residents and their families. It’s a great feeling to know you’re making a difference to someone, and seeing them living a rewarding life is wonderful. Abney Court is a wonderful care home, with lovely grounds and fantastic facilities, so, whatever a resident wants to do, they can do it here. 

Deborah Gebel
Business Administrator

I joined Care UK and Abney Court in 2016 – I’d initially seen the home’s website and was surprised at how fantastic it looked.

I knew I’d be happy working here and I am – I work with some lovely people.

Before I joined the Abney Court team I spent four years working in another care home company, first as an administrator, then as PA in the operations team. It was there that I got a good understanding of how a care home operates and where I developed a passion for working in care – it’s hugely rewarding.

Much of my spare time is taken up with family genealogy. Over the last twenty years I’ve gone back hundreds of years in my family tree. I can prove that I’m related to King Edward I (but probably a lot of people can!). I’m also related to the Davenports of Bramall Hall, and, through them, to an American ex-president. And that’s all on my mother’s side. I’m tackling my dad’s side next!

Marina McHugh
Head Housekeeper

I’ve been at Abney Court since 2016, and I was proud to be promoted to head housekeeper after less than a year here.

Care UK’s ethics and values are very similar to my own, so I felt at home instantly here.

I love that no two days are ever the same at Abney Court – there’s always a fresh challenge or something happening in the home. I love engaging with residents and their families, as well as my own colleagues and I’m passionate about ensuring that residents’ needs are met to the best of my – and my team’s – ability. 

Here at Abney Court, the housekeeping team is very much a part of the larger home team. The home team is very closely-knit. We all get involved in the different events that the home puts on. In fact, my team performed a show as part of our summer fayre. I had a solo, which was completely out of my comfort zone!

Colin Johnston
Maintenance

My background is in school maintenance and I have 15 years’ experience in building maintenance and health and safety.

Over the years I’ve amassed a wide range of building- and H&S-related certificates and qualifications!

I was new to the care sector when I joined the Abney Court team in 2021, but I really enjoy the sense of fulfilment it provides. It’s very satisfying to do a job where you’re keeping vulnerable people safe, and making their surroundings as pleasant as possible. Knowing that residents rely on me certainly spurs me on each day.

There are some truly inspirational residents here at Abney Court and I love learning more about their lives. I actually wanted to be a social worker when I left school, but working here and using my maintenance skills to enhance residents’ lives is close enough for me.

Outside of work I love reading and history – anything related to the Tudor period. I’ve recently bought a metal detector so you can guess what I’ll be doing most weekends!

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Carers

Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 

Nurses

The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.

Lifestyle

Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.