Our team at
Sandfields

Trusted to care in Cheltenham

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Meet our friendly care team

We’re a large and diverse team at Sandfields. Some of us have many years’ experience in the care sector, while others are just starting out. We support each other to do our best work and to provide the best care and experiences to our residents. Read our team bios to find out more about us.

Malaika Charles

Home Manager

Malaika Charles

Im a qualified and experienced nurse ' Ive worked in hospitals and care homes for over twenty years.

No two days are ever the same here at Sandfields. Every resident is treated as an individual and according to their changing needs. My favourite part of the day is meeting with my team at the start of the shift, receiving handovers from each unit and supporting colleagues to make decisions that will make a difference in the lives of the residents.

Outside of work, Im very connected with my church and the local community. I also like to spend my free time going camping, sightseeing and connecting with friends and families all over the world via social media.

Justin Bedwell
Deputy Manager
I've worked in the care sector for over 20 years, ranging from childcare settings to supporting adults with learning disabilities.

I’ve worked in the care sector for over 20 years, ranging from childcare settings to supporting adults with learning disabilities. It was actually my mother-in-law who introduced me to Care UK. I thought I’d find out more and apply for a role, and I’m pleased I did, as I feel I’ve truly found my career ‘niche’. I joined Care UK in 2016, and I was working at Scarlet House in Stroud before moving to the Sandfields team.

I love hearing about residents’ lives and I feel honoured that they choose to share their memories with me. That makes my job worthwhile, and feeling that I’m contributing to each person’s care makes me immensely proud.

I think being positive around the team and ensuring you’re always communicating with them are extremely important to a good functioning home team. A smile and positive energy can have an amazing effect on everyone and their working day. There’s a strong family atmosphere here at Sandfields. Everyone looks after each other, which is incredibly important, and fundamental to great teamwork.

Aside from spending time with my wife and two young sons, I enjoy the simple things in life, like a pint in my local put, and sitting back and watching the football. 

Laura Sayburn
Customer Relations Manager
I joined Sandfields, and Care UK, in 2016.

I joined Sandfields, and Care UK, in 2016. I’d been working as an events manager for a large corporate and wedding venue but I was looking for a new challenge, and the CRM role seemed to suit me perfectly. I was also amazed at how beautiful Care UK’s new-build care homes are. 

I love meeting families and new residents and helping them with their journey. I always strive to put our customers first and go above and beyond to help them. I try to make the process of choosing a care home straightforward, friendly and informative so that families can make the right decision for them.

It is always lovely to see the residents enjoying life and taking part in some of the fantastic activities that take place. I enjoy getting to know them and doing what I can to make their day better. 

Mary Hughes
Suite Manager and Infection Prevention and Control Champion
I joined the team at Sandfields in 2013 and I’ve never looked back.

I joined the team at Sandfields in 2013 and I’ve never looked back. The home is lovely and Care UK has a great reputation for care, and for looking after its colleagues. And by far the best part of my job is working with such fantastic people, both the residents and my colleagues. There’s a strong sense of family here at Sandfields.

When the opportunity came up to be the IPC champion I seized it. I’d been involved in IPC before, and I’d enjoyed it, and I fancied a fresh challenge too. I enjoy the extra layer of knowledge as well as the attention to detail that are needed in the role.

As the IPC champion I’ve had to do specialist training, and it’s important to keep my skills and knowledge current. I undertake IPC audits around the home, which means working with colleagues across all our teams. I train colleagues in IPC, so we’re all working to the latest and highest standards to keep residents safe at all times.  

Desi Damyanova
Suite Manager (Wordsworth)
I’ve been part of the Sandfields team for five years.

I’ve been part of the Sandfields team for five years. Prior to joining the team I worked in different roles, including as a counsellor. When I was looking for a new challenge, I researched Care UK and liked what I saw, so I decided to apply to Sandfields.

The residents make Sandfields a special place to work, and I love to see them fulfilled, happy and busy. I feel privileged to work here as it has enabled me to see the best of human nature in action in the people we care for, and through the work of the superb team we have here. Of course the days can be challenging – we’re supporting people with very varied needs – but there’s always something new to learn, which I love.

Away from work, I like to unwind by shopping, socialising, travelling and learning new skills.

Maria Ciubotariu
Suite Manager - Dickens suite
I’ve been with the Sandfields team with a number of years now.

I’ve been with the Sandfields team with a number of years now. When I first visited the home I really liked the atmosphere. Everything was clean, the team was nice. It felt like a lovely place to live and work. I started as a Carer and then progressed to Team Leader, then Suite Manager.

I love how every day is different in this role, and I’m always busy, so time flies. The best part of my day is the time I spend interacting with the residents and finding new ways to make time at Sandfields as fulfilling and person-centred as possible. We strive to provide care that’s fully personalised to each resident’s needs, interests and tastes. I’m always learning new things about the residents, and their needs change over time, so the care we provide is always adapting to suit them. 

Jon Sneath
Regional Lifestyle Lead
I’ve worked for Care UK since 2014, when I started at Priors House in Leamington Spa.

I’ve worked for Care UK since 2014, when I started at Priors House in Leamington Spa. I started in a Coordinator role and was promoted to Lifestyle Lead. Since then, I’ve progressed to working with Care UK’s Lifestyle teams all over the country to help them enhance their activities and how they support residents to live fulfilling lives. I’m currently based at Sandfields.

There’s so much opportunity with Care UK; the organisation is at the forefront of innovative ideas and research. If you’re passionate about care, the sky’s the limit for your career. In my time with Care UK I’ve won an award and been a finalist at the National Care Awards and the Great British Care Awards. I’m also a founding member of Care UK’s Lifestyle Steering Group which is aimed at continuous improvement in residents’ activities and lifestyles.

Everyone at Sandfields is committed to enhancing residents’ daily lives. Residents are at the heart of everything the team does, which is very uplifting to be a part of. Personally, I love seeing the amazing look in a resident’s eyes when you make their day – it’s very special to know you’ve made a difference.

Meri Coleman
Business Administrator
I joined Care UK in 2013 – prior to that, I was an administrator for ten years for another care provider.

I joined Care UK in 2013 – prior to that, I was an administrator for ten years for another care provider.

This role has challenged me to fulfil my potential. Things can change very quickly here, which keeps me on my toes. I pride myself on prioritising my workload and being very organised. I love being part of a great team: we offer superb care here and we have great people who are helping residents to live fulfilling lives in all sorts of ways.

I have six grandchildren and they keep me busy when I’m not at work. I also enjoy walking my dog in the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Rachel Price
Sales Administrator
I’ve worn a number of different ‘hats’ in my career: I’ve worked in business administration and customer service roles, I’ve been a Teaching Assistant and managed my own pupil referral unit.

I’ve worn a number of different ‘hats’ in my career: I’ve worked in business administration and customer service roles, I’ve been a Teaching Assistant and managed my own pupil referral unit. I’ve also been a Care Worker. I love working in care, and I joined the Sandfields team in 2020 because I was keen to explore new opportunities in the care sector.

My favourite part of the day? I think it’s seeing residents taking part in activities, or enjoying fresh air and sunshine in the garden. It makes me smile to see the people we care for relaxing and enjoying themselves and making new friends.

I’m looking forward to supporting families through their care journey. It’s a very rewarding feeling to know that I have helped a family to feel happy and safe, and to take a burden off them.

David Capewell
Maintenance Manager
I used to run my own business in the building sector before I joined Care UK, so I have over 20 years’ experience in all-things DIY! I’ve also been in the Forces and have been a martial arts instructor.

I used to run my own business in the building sector before I joined Care UK, so I have over 20 years’ experience in all-things DIY! I’ve also been in the Forces and have been a martial arts instructor. Quite a variety…

I love being here in the early morning as I get to see the night and day shifts together and can get a sense of everything I need to do that day. I also really enjoy the activities and get involved if I have time. What’s so rewarding about this role is the fact that you’re making a difference to other people’s lives and you can build up quality long-term relationships with them – residents, relatives and colleagues alike.

Lexi
Feline Relations Manager
I’ve been a laidback member of the Sandfields team since 2014, when the home adopted me as a stray.

I’ve been a laidback member of the Sandfields team since 2014, when the home adopted me as a stray. I’ve developed a highly challenging but rewarding role that includes sunning myself, chasing assorted animals who are minding their own business, and general Important Cat Business.

Mealtimes are the highlight of the day for everyone, and I like to hang around the dining rooms to help the residents with their meals. After that, it’s good to take time out of my hectic schedule to curl up on Bronte Suite and hang out with the residents who like to stroke me. I have everyone at Sandfields very well-trained now, but Malaika the Home Manager, and Sandra the Housekeeper are particularly receptive to my charms, which ensures I have an excellent supply of Dreamies.

I look forward to welcoming you to Sandfields very soon! (Particularly if you bring treats.)

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 residents 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 residents enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.


All our teams get to know residents 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.