Our care team

Our professional care team across Whitgift Care helps to maintain a consistently high level of quality care and ensures our elderly residents lead happy and healthy lives during their stay with us.

Our key care team members

House Keeping Assistant

Diana Hillman

Housekeeping Assistant

Whitgift House

I like working here because we all work well as a team. I also like interacting with the residents and I like to help them as I have always done.

House Keeping Assistant

Diana Adu-Darko

Housekeeping Assistant

Whitgift House

I enjoy working here because I feel listened to and supported and my team leader Kim is very helpful.

I like having good conversations with the residents and helping them if they need anything.

House Keeping Supervisor

Kim Hillyard

Housekeeping Supervisor

Whitgift House

I am responsible for the supervision of six experienced housekeeping assistants on my team and act as the infection control link.

I am passionate about the elderly, I started as a senior care assistant and I love helping our residents.

Senior Administrator

Jenny Girling

Senior Administrator

Whitgift House

I have been working at Whitgift House since June 2020.  With a background in the 5-star hospitality industry, my passion has always been working with people and delivering service at the highest standard. We are a great team here at Whitgift House and I feel fortunate to work with our lovely residents and fellow members of staff.

Care Team Staff

Tammy Coughlan

Receptionist

Whitgift House

I started working at Wilhelmina House in 2013 as a housekeeper. I was soon promoted to a senior care assistant.

In 2019 I moved over to Whitgift House where I became a receptionist. I enjoy my job and love to meet new people. I have good relationships with our residents’ friends and family. I help in any way I can to make people feel welcomed.

Deputy Manager

Vesela Petrova

Clinical Lead and Deputy Manager

Whitgift House

A senior nurse for over thirty years, I am responsible for ensuring that our care is of the highest standard. I work collaboratively with colleagues and community services to ensure that our residents’ needs are met, whether heath, emotional, leisure or spiritual.

We always treat our residents as members of our own family, an approach that recently saw me proudly come runner-up for a Carer Magazine Unsung Hero award.

Business Development Manager

Jenny Mayor

Business Development Manager

Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and Almshouses

I am passionate about supporting residents and family members, guiding them during the difficult period of looking for care. As a family member myself of an older person, I can relate.

I love spending time with our residents, and getting to know them and their life stories.

Gardener

Ann Hardwick

Head Gardener

Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and Almshouses

I’ve worked for John Whitgift Foundation since 1995, my role is to look after all the gardens in Whitgift care. Every day is different I can be mowing the grass, weeding, or planting up flower beds or in the autumn clearing up leaves!

I love the variety and changing seasons each one brings a new challenge! It’s also nice to see the residents enjoying the garden – many of them were keen gardeners themselves and appreciate what goes into a garden.

Coordinator

Jovita Rodrigues

Coordinator

Whitgift House and Almshouses 

I started working for the Whitgift Foundation in 2002 as a live-in warden when on duty; a job that gave me great satisfaction, looking after the resident’s welfare, organising outings, garden Parties, and attending functions at our other homes.

The residents have a wealth of life experience to pass on to us, it brings great pleasure listening to their stories.

Scheme Coordinator

Mercy Tagiage

Scheme Coordinator

Whitgift House and Almshouses 

I have been working at Whitgift Care since 2012. As a scheme coordinator, I support residents in their decision-making by giving them choices and promoting independence.

I always enjoy interacting with our residents and supporting them to reach their goals and maximise their potential.

Manager

Magdalena Kuffel

Deputy Manager

Wilhelmina House

I have always had passion for working with older people as I believe I can contribute and make a meaningful difference to their lives.

I started as a Care Assistant and I was supported to progress my career to Deputy Manager. Wilhelmina House, residents and staff alike are like a family to me.

Manager

Deborah Pearson

Manager

Wilhelmina House

I started working at Wilhelmina House in 2004. As a manager, I do everything I can to ensure our staff have the training and support to deliver high standards of bespoke care.

I think it’s so important that our residents have a home-from-home environment, and that they are comfortable and well cared for. Seeing the happy and smiling faces of residents and staff is so rewarding!

Activity Organiser

Angela Tolley

Activity Organiser

Whitgift House

Within my role, I plan a varied activity programme which is person-centred for the residents to enjoy. The activities are diverse and inclusive. Hearing the residents laughing and chatting together makes my job worthwhile knowing that I make a difference in enriching their lives. I have been with Whitgift house for nearly 4 years and have 14 years of experience in activities.

Nursing Staff

Sindhu Seby

Associate Practitioner

Whitgift House

I started working here four years ago and I enjoy working with my colleagues and other members of staff. All our residents are very friendly and they are like family, I am so proud to work here.

Administrator

Sarah Ward

Administrator

Wilhelmina House

I am really enjoying working with the team at Wilhelmina House, who have made me feel most welcome over the past 6 months.

The administration role is busy and varied, but I enjoy getting the time to interact with the residents which I love.

House Keeping Assistant

Safy Khan

Housekeeping Assistant

Whitgift House

I like working here because I feel at home. We work as a family and we are a very good team.

Whitgift Care Staff

Sarah Holt

Care Assistant

Wilhelmina House

Wilhelmina House is homely and there is a very good team spirit within the staff.

I joined the care industry because I like making a positive impact on our residents’ daily lives.

Whitgift Care Chef

Asoka Ekanayakaralalage

Chef Manager

Wilhelmina House

I worked in kitchens for more than 20 years in Dubai and then came over here to carry on with my career as a chef.

I love making different dishes and working with the residents, to get to know their likes and dislikes.

Whitgift Care Team

Vanessa Slade

Scheme Coordinator

Whitgift House

I joined Whitgift Care in September 2021 after a long career as a primary school teacher.  I was immediately struck by how friendly and welcoming everyone was and how much team spirit exists.

Whitgift Care Team

Steve Durham

Scheme Coordinator

Wilhelmina House

I have worked in the care sector for 20 years, 10 of which at Whitgift.

I have met many amazing people over the years, and although at times found it to be challenging, I have always found my role very rewarding.

Scheme Coordinator

Robert Harrison

Scheme Coordinator

Whitgift House

I have recently joined the team. There is so much to do and learn and that is something that makes the job fun. But what I enjoy most is when one has time to chat with the residents and organise fun activities like croquet matches.

Whitgift Care Team

Liuba Harrison

Sheltered Scheme Team Leader

Whitgift House

I have worked in health and social care for over 15 years. I joined John Whitgift Foundation in 2015 as a care assistant at Whitgift House and I am now the team leader of the sheltered team. I am passionate about my work because residents appreciate our time and what we do for them.

Health Care Assistant

Mohammed Ahmed

Health Care Assistant

Whitgift House

I started working at Whitgift House in April 2022 as a health care assistant. I love being part of the Whitgift Care friendly atmosphere, not only for residents but for the staff as well, it makes a huge difference in the care sector. We are all focussed and dedicated to care for our residents.

It’s the best place to work for and I can see myself working and developing my career at Whitgift.

Chef Manager

Chris Harcus

Chef Manager

Whitgift House

Over 40 years in the catering industry in all its guises. I am the happiest cooking for the elderly, in a processed world, it’s great to provide freshly home-cooked food.

Activity Organiser

Ann Arnold

Activity Organiser

Whitgift House

I have worked at Whitgift for 4 years now and I have been in the care industry for 7 years. Having cared for my elderly mother, I am passionate about providing and delivering meaningful activities which are beneficial and enrich the lives of all our residents here at Whitgift House.