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Our Staff

Read about our staff team below.We undertake regular training to ensure we are providing the very best care.

Ann Gray

Owned Coombe House since 1984

Proprietor and Manager

Trained at St Bartholomew’s and qualified in 1970 as a registered general nurse. Ann bought Coombe House in 1984 and the first resident arrived in March 1985.

"I still enjoy what I do every day."

Angela Tamblyn

At Coombe since 2012

Deputy Manager

"I really like seeing the relief on families' faces when they visit and know they've done the right thing"

Dawn Champion

At Coombe since 1997

Senior Carer

"I like that it's REALLY person centred"

Wendy Portlock

At Coombe since 2002


"I love the way people can come into the kitchen when I'm cooking and steal cakes and bananas"

Jenny Hill

At Coombe since November 2007

"I've worked in loads and loads of care homes and this is by far the best I've ever worked in"

Sharon Santillo

At Coombe since April 2009


"I love the way that, when I’m cooking, I'm still in the middle of the family with people coming in and out of the kitchen to help with anything they choose."

Jon Hoskin

At Coombe since April 2010

Responsible for Care Planning. Fire Warden

"Working with The Butterfly Project gives the people who live here real freedom"

Trinet Champion

At Coombe since May 2010

"I feel like I'm caring for members of my own family"

Joy Hawes

At Coombe since 2011

Responsible for Medications

"I like the Home from Home"

Tracey Nicholls

At Coombe since 2011

Keeps the house clean!

"I like working in the free and friendly atmosphere"

Alana Cliffe

At Coombe since 2014

“It’s laid back here. I like the fact that there are no uniforms, there’s no ‘them and us’ “

Rosie Champion

At Coombe since March 2014

"I like how the tiniest things can change someone's day"

Sara Hawes

At Coombe since November 2014

"I find Coombe a really calm nurturing environment even though a lot of hard work is being done"

Donna Sibley

At Coombe since December 2014

"It's not like coming to work, I can be myself"

Angie Masters

David Woolley

Penny Wheeler

I have a degree in Art And Photography and have always been some part of Coombe House, returning to work here with Joshua when he was two, in 2015.

Rebecca Hawes

I joined Coome House in 2016 and am currently studying the Person Centred Dementia Care Diploma at University level, with Dementia Care Matters Ltd. in London

Alli Symons

This is Alli Symons who joined in Feb 2018.

Lyndsay Panton

Lyndsay Panton joined january 2017 and is a qualified social worker.

Julie Antysz

Julie Antysz joined may 2016 and is a qualified social worker excellent cook

Kate Wilkinson

I joined May 2017 and I'm a Qualified Mental nurse

Tina Stone

I joined joined Feb 2018

Jane Stewart

I joined joined Coombe House is in 2015 and work as the gardener.

Others at coombe

Sally Pestell

At Coombe since October 2014

After many years of teaching in Primary schools in Cornwall decided to embark on a career change and in 2015 graduated from Bristol UWE with an MA in Music Therapy. I have worked at Coombe since October 2014 where hold a weekly open music therapy group and also work with some individual residents (upon request). . In the group session we work with memorable music and songs as this is a powerful way to unlock precious memories from the past and bring them into the present moment. Music therapy can support psychological and emotional needs within a safe environment thereby enhancing the quality of life. I have noticed how there is always a positive mood shift by the end of the session. We sing, play, dance, laugh and cry together interacting in a way that is meaningful and usually full of fun! . I love my Work at Coombe because it gives residents an opportunity to be heard and valued for who they are. I consider it a privilege to be able to witness that. Every week is different but the 'golden moments' are always there! The hardworking and dedicated staff together with the nurturing ethos of Coombe make it a very special and unique place.

Carol Whibley

At Coombe since September 2014

“ I have been a Community artist for 20 years, working with all age groups and abilities. I came to Coombe after a conversation with Ann Gray about the importance of creativity in the lives of people living with dementia. Since then I have been coming to Coombe twice a week. Sometimes I work one-to-one with the people who live there, painting, making collages or clay sculptures. At other times I may work with a group, sorting out coloured buttons or ribbons. If the weather is fine we may walk around the garden collecting flowers to use in a flower mandala. Or you may find me asking for opinions on how we should go about changing the seasonal display boards. I see my job as providing opportunities to make choices and to interact with different textures, colours and even smells! As I get to know each person I try to come up with new ways to spark an interest and to provide a sense of something being created in front of them which is personal to them. I love to chat to everyone and to share memories and very often to laugh, a lot. It is really wonderful job“

Phil Wright

I come to Coombe once a week to hold an hour’s seated Tai Chi session with residents, staff and sometimes family members. I find it has a really calming influence on the people who sit with me and I am told this often lasts for the whole day. I really enjoy the sessions, they are different every week and full of surprises. Coombe House has a very creative air and the atmosphere is a pleasure to work in. Most sessions end in a wonderful meditative state and as a group we try to send this out throughout the lovely house and gardens.

My name is Phil Wright, an Advanced Instructor of Tai Chi Chuan and QiGong with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain. I think Tai Chi (or similar practices) are vital to good health. I have been practising Tai Chi and QiGong for nearly thirty years and I am married with two wonderful children who inspire me every day with their vitality. Living in Cornwall, I have a love of the sea and practice my Tai Chi on the beach and cliffs as well as surf, walk and birdwatch.

Alison Pugh

I am a qualified Complementary Therapist and my passion lies in Reflexology. I work with people 'in the moment' using positive touch, with the primary intention being relaxation. I use music and aroma to create a calming environment where I adapt the treatment to the individuals' needs. I work specific points on the feet to promote calm, reduce anxiety and encourage relaxation. This feeling may carry on throughout the day, lifting the mood and encouraging better sleep. I have been privileged to witness some 'magical moments' and it is an honour to be part of the team at Coombe House. It is a special place with the people’s needs at its heart and I am delighted to be able to contribute to the well being of the people who live there.

"It is a special place with the people’s needs at its heart and I am delighted to be able to contribute to their well being."