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Our team at
Asterbury Place

Trusted to care in Ipswich, Suffolk
Rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC

Trusted to care in Ipswich, Suffolk
Rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC|With 40 years’ experience,
Care UK are experts in delivering award winning care|Care UK is the most awarded care home provider with more outstanding homes in the UK|Discover why Care UK is trusted to care by over 9,000 families


Meet our friendly care team

The Asterbury Place team is energetic and innovative, and we love caring for older people. We treat the people we care for like members of our own family. We also care about residents’ relatives too. Whenever you need help, advice or a listening ear, we’re here for you. Meet some of our team on these pages.

Victoria Barber

Home Manager

Victoria Barber

Prior to joining Asterbury Place, I managed three care homes and worked as an operations manager of a hospice for two years.

Before that, I spent nearly 15 years in the NHS, including in cancer and palliative care and cancer service improvement. I’ve undertaken a variety of training and development throughout my career within the NHS, and I also qualified as a Coach and NLP Practitioner in 2018 and am registered with the National Council of Psychotherapists.

I’m a values-driven person, and I was keen to join Care UK because its core values of caring, passionate and teamwork align with my own. In this role, you need to be dynamic, approachable and personable. As Home Manager, I’m there for everyone: residents, relatives and colleagues. It fills me with pride to lead a diverse team who strive to always do their best. My favourite part of each day is my drive home, when I spend time thinking about which resident, relative or colleague’s life I made a difference to that day.

Outside of work, I’m a keen gardener and walker. I like nothing more than walking down to the river wall with not a car in sight to watch the birds, wildlife and boats.

Wendy Hutton
Wendy Hutton
Deputy Manager

I have been in the social care sector for most of my working life, having worked my way up from a carer to home management roles. I have worked with a range of providers, but I became interested in joining Care UK after seeing how they develop their colleagues. I thought this would be a care provider that can really help me progress in my career. I first joined Care UK at Cedrus House in May 2021, and I was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2023. In December 2023, I moved over to Asterbury Place.

In this role, I believe it’s important to be patient, resilient and supportive. I love that no two days are ever the same. Seeing the smiles on residents’ faces is my favourite part of the day, and I feel proud when they are happy and when colleagues leave their shift happy.

Garry Newman
Garry Newman
Head Chef

I have worked as a Head Chef in care home catering since 2009, and at Asterbury Place since 2014 after Care UK took over the Suffolk County Council care home where I worked previously. I was happy to accept the position of Head Chef and haven’t looked back since. The highlight of my career was reaching the Chef of the Year final for Care UK in 2023.

Working in this role, you need to be hard-working and have a can-do attitude. You also need to have a passion for food and cooking, and good communication and organisation skills are essential.

My favourite part of the day is talking to residents about their food. I always listen to residents and taken on board their feedback and suggestions. I love to experiment with cooking new dishes too.

My job is to produce a high standard of food every day for the residents and to cater to all dietary needs and contribute to residents’ wellbeing. When I hear residents are very satisfied and I receive compliments about the food, it makes all the hard work worth it.

Outside of work, I enjoy all sports, especially following Ipswich Town and ten pin bowling.

Zoe Keinzley
Zoe Keinzley
Business Administrator

I joined the team at Asterbury Place as a care assistant in 2015 but I soon worked my way up to business administrator after some time working as the home’s receptionist and activity coordinator. After working as a domiciliary care assistant in the community, Care UK felt like the right fit for me. Being in a care home environment meant I could spend more time with the residents and offer more care than I ever could in my previous role.

Since my first interview I felt welcome at Asterbury Place. I enjoy working here; the home is lovely and very well run. The team are brilliant and management work hard to ensure the residents are happy and engaged.

Yolanda Ancheta
Yolanda Ancheta
Head Housekeeper

Before joining Care UK, I spent 20 years looking after an older couple in Hong Kong. Caring for other people makes me feel valued.

Spending time with residents, talking with them and making them smile are my favourite parts of my day. I also love to work with other colleagues as a team to promote a positive work environment for everyone within the home.

My role is to lead, manage, supervise and to provide a high standard of hospitality and cleaning within the home by maintaining an efficient, cost effective and clean, hygienic working environment. I enjoy working effectively as part of a team and believe it’s important to have a ‘can do’ attitude to work.

I love receiving positive feedback from residents, relatives and colleagues regarding the cleaning and laundry quality. It makes me feel proud of what I do. I was also delighted to win a national award and a Suffolk Care Award for keeping residents safe during Covid.

When I’m not working, I enjoy walking in the park and taking photos of flowers, birds and animals, as well as making DIY craft flowers for decoration.

Martin Smith
Martin Smith

I worked in logistics prior to joining the social care sector, but I reached a point in my life where I reevaluated my career and my values, and I wanted to go into an industry where I could help others. I started working as a Care Assistant and have remained in this industry ever since.

My role is to ensure residents, colleagues and visitors are safe. A maintenance role requires patience and an eye for detail, as well as good communication skills. It’s also important to have a combination of knowledge on statutory and regulatory compliance and building aesthetics.

My favourite part of this role is the social side spending time with residents. I love seeing the events and experiences we provide to residents and being the minibus driver – it's a real privilege.

I’m proud of all the amazing colleagues I get to work with and the joy that we bring to residents’ lives.

When I’m not working, I like to keep fit, and I enjoy spending weekends with my boys.

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.