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Our team at
Abney Court


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!

Julianne Statham
Lifestyle Coordinator

I’d been working as a Domiciliary Care Assistant in the Cheadle community for some time before joining Care UK.

When Abney Court opened in 2015, I was keen to carry on serving care users in a beautiful part of Cheadle with an established provider.

I started as a Care Assistant and was promoted to Lifestyle Coordinator. I love seeing smiles and laughter when we provide an activity that the residents love, and my favourite part of the role is helping to fulfil residents’ wishes with our Wishing Tree initiative. As a member of the lifestyle team, you need to be a good listener and having a caring attitude.

Care UK has looked after me for all these years, and I hope to continue making a difference to the residents at Abney Court for many more years to come.

When I’m not working, I like to unwind by listening to music and spending time in my garden when it’s warm. I love spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren.

Lisa Orridge
Lifestyle Lead

Before joining Abney Court in 2023, I worked as a child minder and nursery practitioner.

Home Manager Amcia knew that I wanted a career change, and she asked me to join the team. Starting a new role and learning new skills was challenging, but building a strong, reliable, hardworking and fun team has been the biggest highlight of my career.

I love spending time with residents and watching their faces light up when they do an activity. It’s important to be a team player in this role, and above all you need to have fun! It helps to be patient and understanding too, and I love talking with the residents and hearing the stories they have to tell.

I plan to continue working with my team to enrich the lives of residents and make their wishes come true.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy walking my dogs, gardening, socialising and travelling.

Jemma Sproston
Lifestyle Coordinator

Before joining Abney Court, I worked in community care and as a cleaner.

As part of the lifestyle team, it's important to engage with residents, and it helps to be bubbly and outgoing. I’m naturally shy, but I worked hard to overcome this and ensure I was engaging the residents. Now, getting to know the residents and learning from them is my favourite part of the job. It’s fulfilling knowing that we make a difference for them. I enjoy a challenge and plan to do more training courses to make sure I’m always learning.

I enjoy reading and getting lost in a good book outside of work, and I also love taking family walks.

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.

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. 

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!

Our experienced teams

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


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. 


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.


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.