Meet the Team
|There’s always a warm welcome at Pendine Park. We are passionate about providing the best care and are very proud of our staff, they are our biggest asset. They provide the highest standard of care and expertise in a friendly and personal way. There is great continuity of employment here with many of the team having been with us for a long time and in some cases other family members come to work with us too – which all adds to the family feel!
Working with Mario and Gill and the care practitioners and nursing staff is a strong team who ensure that everyone feels happy they have chosen Pendine Park. Find out more about us by clicking on Meet the Team. You can also meet some of our residents in Meet our Residents.
Read about our team members below:
Mario was motivated to set up Pendine Park so he could ensure his Grandparents had the best possible care. Over twenty five years later he is still constantly striving to develop the care services Pendine Park offer. He understands how important staff are in making residents and clients happy and is passionate about workforce development. Which is why he set up an on site Teaching Care Centre and why he founded the Wales Care Awards to recognise staff across Wales. He also loves to travel, often to Italy and watch Manchester United when he can! more...
Creating a home-from-home atmosphere and caring for people as you would want to be cared for yourself is what drives Gill. Since setting up Pendine Park in 1985 she has remained passionate about the importance of expert staff and a comfortable, homely environment to help people feel relaxed and contented. She has an eye for interior design and works closely with our ‘soft furnishing ladies’ to develop the décor.
Regulation and Compliance Manager and Responsible Individual
Gill's background was nursing before taking on a senior inspectorate role in 1995. She actually registered all the homes in Pendine Park apart from Cae Bryn, so knew us well before she joined us in 2011. Her passion is high standards of care and she will not accept anything less. She believes Pendine Park provides a benchmark in terms of quality and she works closely with Jen and the Managers to achieve this. Family and friends are very important to her and she loves entertaining. Her Grandchildren visit often and are the apple of her eye.
Manager at Gwern Alyn and Responsible Individual for Independent Living
Jen qualified as a nurse in 1981 and has experience in a range of disciplines including emergency admissions, casualty, surgical and medication for the elderly. She also worked in a nursing home as a second job during this time and became a Registered Manager in 1994 before moving into Business Development. She joined us in 2010 and is passionate about quality of staff training and a high quality environment to ensure residents have the best quality of life possible. She says the best thing about her job is making a difference to the people we care for. She is very close to her family and enjoys family time at their caravan on the coast.
Manager at Hillbury
Cindy has been in the caring profession for over 25 years and it's certainly in her genes. Her mum worked at Hillbury when Cindy was a teenager, so she came and helped out in her school holidays and weekends. After working in other caring roles, she came 'home' to Pendine Park in 2000 and won a Wales Care Award for Leadership and Management in 2010.
Manager Highfield and Bryn Bella
Tracey has been at Pendine since 2000 and loves the family feel it offers.
She enjoys seeing the pleasure residents get from the outdoor parties. And Pendine Park has such lovely gardens, they're the perfect setting.
She finds it very rewarding when people with complex nursing needs are able to enjoy activities and outings thanks to the high level of training, competence and ability the staff have. In 2012 she won a Wales Care Award for Leadership and Management and in 2013 she and the team achieved the Gold Standard Framework Award.
She says the best thing is that every day is different.
Manager at Bodlondeb
Ann has been a Nurse Manager for over 20 years, at Pendine Park since 2000 and inspires confidence here at Pendine Park. She often deals with changing and difficult conditions and believes the highly expert staff and purpose built home, create a safe and happy home environment. She believes that understanding residents’ backgrounds is key to helping them lead as fulfilled lives as possible and works closely with families to help and support them. She also works on a number of research projects with leading higher education establishments and brings this leading edge thinking back to her staff. She was recognised in the 2013 UK Over 50's Housing Awards as the Most Outstanding Manager in the UK.
Manager at Cae Bryn
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Manager at Penybryn
Both of Tracey's parents were Registered Nurses so it is no surprise she has worked in care for over 20 years. Before coming to Pendine Park in 2011 she was a Registered Manager with CSSIW in homes for individuals with both physical and learning disabilities. She is passionate about resident participation in all aspects of their home life and encourages community inclusion. In 2014 she won a Wales Care Award for Leadership and Management in Residential Care Services. When she is not working she is busy with 3 children, a husband and a dog and enjoys getting away in the Caravan.
Manager at Bryn Seiont
Sandra is passionate about our enrichment programme and enabling people to live a happy and fulfilled life. As an experienced care home manager she was attracted to Pendine by the focus on people, residents of course and also on staff training and development. Caring for her grandmother who had dementia inspired her to care for people with Dementia and she ensures everyone is treated with dignity and respect as she would have wished for her Grandmother. Family is important to her and she spends much of her free time taking her children to football and cooking! She understands the therapeutic benefits of nature and enjoys sitting outside herself, so she is thrilled with the safe courtyard gardens, rooftop garden and Victorian Walled Garden at Bryn Seiont for residents and staff to enjoy.
Teaching Care Centre Manager
Has worked in care for over 30 years. She has worked as an Assessor since 1994 and joined us in 2008. She gets a great sense of achievement in seeing the smile on a learner’s face when they achieve their frameworks and knowing that she has helped to raise the standards of care delivery. In 2012 she won a Gold Wales Care Award for Commitment to Training and Workforce Development Award.She continually develops herself, which can be seen in her qualifications and is always looking for new challenges. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and visiting Welsh castles.
Cynthia who joined us in 1994 and our Accounts and Admin team make sure everything runs so smoothly. The team are so supportive, friendly and knowledgeable. This is a great help to the families who need help to understand claims and support groups etc
Artist in Residence
Sarah has worked with us since 1995 and holds one-to-one and group sessions to enrich lives with Art. Seeing residents' confidence grow as they try new things and develop their artistic talent is very rewarding and often leads to a positive change in attitude. Everyone can benefit from art, those residents who are not able participate in a class often enjoy having Sarah do their portrait or the gallery trips she arranges. Our Partnership with Sarah has been recognised with Arts & Business awards and she is also instrumental in using colour to enrich lives and creating interiors that promote well-being.
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Chris who joined us in 2010 is referred to as Mrs Chris as her husband Mr Chris also works with us as Head Chef. She is passionate about great menu planning that offers residents a choice of tasty nutritious meals created using locally sourced produce. In 2013 she won a Wales Care Award for Catering in Care. She is especially delighted that we are creating a new kitchen garden alongside our new state of the art kitchen, which the catering team and residents can tend.
Sharon has been with us since 2004 and her team are known as our 'the soft furnishing ladies'. They make sure Pendine Park look great and create the right environment for our residents. Working closely with Gill and Sarah, they choose wonderful new fabrics and design individual rooms to create a homely feel. Many residents are able to personalise their room working with Sharon to get just what they want.
|The two Johns
John Walton has been making the gardens at Pendine Park beautiful since we started in 1985 and John Sheen joined as Head Gardener in 2010. He came from Cholmondley Estate where he was Head Gardener. As Pendine Park has grown, so have the gardens so they and their team have a big job on their hands. They like to see the residents enjoying their surroundings and seeing some put pots out on their patios and feed the birds.
They are creating a variety of new gardens for residents, their families and visitors to enjoy. These will include a Music garden. a 'Quiet area' for a calming hideaway and a courtyard Sensory garden. There are also nature trails and paths leading to outdoor therapy areas.
Sheila has been at Pendine Park since 1991 and knows the residents really well. Her responsibilities are wide and varied and she and her team were delighted with an ISO Quality report that praised the high standard of housekeeping. She is involved early in design testing out the practicality of new flooring for example. She is often referred to fondly as the 'Sergeant Major' due to her military precision.
With so many units and the different locations around Wrexham, Lee and his team have got their work cut out. There’s always something to do, it's like the Forth Bridge! And it is critical that all structural and maintenance problems are sorted swiftly for us to maintain health and safety standards and the quality of care expected
Admin Executive and Sports Co-ordinator
Matt joined us in 2014 and we were delighted when in his first year he won a Gold Wales Care Award for Promoting Fulfilled Lives. The fact that he has cerebral palsy does not hold him back and he enjoys an active role working on activities reporting and co-ordination. He has introduced residents to the game of Boccia and is introducing a Boccia League in 2015 with trophies for Best Team and Most Improved.