Our Team

Ann Gray

Owned Coombe House since 1984, Proprietor

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.”

Becky Phillips

Joined the team in September 2019

“The moment I walked into Coombe House I could instantly feel the kindness and warmth from everybody. The team are effortlessly person centered and care for everyone as if they are family. I feel lucky to be a part of this amazing team and will strive to keep us moving forward in the field of dementia care”

  • Registered Nurse
  • Creating a Person Centered Service (University of Worcester)
  • Mentorship in Nursing (University of Brighton)
  • Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Accredited Trainer for Parkinsons UK.

Angela Tamblyn

At Coombe since 2012

“I really like seeing the relief on families’ faces when they visit and know they’ve done the right thing”

  • Qualified Nurse and Midwife

Jon Hoskin

At Coombe since April 2010

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

  • University of Surrey – One year course at diploma level Person Centred dementia care “an emotional journey”
  • Undertaking a level 5 diploma in leadership in Health and Social Care

David Woolley

At Coombe since April 2013

“You couldn’t live with Ann and not care passionately about the work we do at Coombe House”

  • Dementia Care Matters, I year course in Person Centred Dementia Care “an emotional journey” 2017-201

Staff

Dawn Champion

At Coombe since 1997, Senior Carer

“I like that it’s REALLY person centred”

  • NVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care
  • Level 4 Leadership and Management

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.”

  • NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care
  • Food Hygiene Level 2

Trinet Edwards

At Coombe since May 2010

“I feel like I’m caring for members of my own family”

  • Dementia Care Matters – One year course at diploma level Person Centred dementia care “an emotional journey” 2015-16
  • Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3, Achieved in 2016

Joy Hawes

At Coombe since 2011

“I like the Home from Home”

Delphine Gwynne-Jago

At Coombe since 2015

Sandra Hawes

“We are delighted that Sandra has returned to Coombe “

  • NVQ 3 Health and Social Care

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”

  • University of Surrey – One year course at diploma level Person Centred dementia care “an emotional journey”

Donna Sibley

At Coombe since December 2014

“It’s not like coming to work, I can be myself”

  • NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care

Angie Masters

At Coombe since March 2017

Penny Wheeler

I have always been some part of Coombe House, returning to work here with Joshua when he was two, in 2015.

  • Foundation Course in Falmouth School of Art and Design
  • BA Hons Visual Communications/Media, Maidstone School of Art and Design
  • Foundation course in Art Therapy October 2019

Alli Symons

At Coombe since Feb 2018

Lyndsay Panton

At Coombe since January 2017

Jane Stewart

At Coombe House since 2015 – Gardener

  • BA Hons Landscape Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • NVQ Horticulture, Camborne
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Landscape Architecture, Cheltenham

Nicola Macleay

At Coombe since Feb 2018

  • BA in Fine and Applied Arts University of Ulster Art Therapy, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Foundation course in Art Therapy October 2019

Nicola Allen

At Coombe since July 2018

  • NVQ 2 and 3 in Care

Kadi Saviauk

At Coombe since July 2018

  • BA Hons Small Business Project Management Tartu University, Estonia
  • NVQ 2 and 3 Health and Social Care

Pratikshya Silwal

Housekeeper, At Coombe since April 2019

Jackie Blank

Cook, At Coombe House since January 2019

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.

  • MA Music Therapy

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.”

All photos by Penelope Wheeler