Gracewell of Kentford

Meet our team

It is the people who make our home a truly happy and caring one.

At Gracewell of Kentford, we are recruiting an experienced team of dedicated professionals, all of whom will undergo our own in-depth training programme. Just as in every other Gracewell home, the whole team works to make sure that our residents' needs are constantly being identified and that truly personalised care is provided

Peter Walton, General Manager

Peter Walton, General Manager

Peter is a Registered Nurse (been qualified for over 35 years) who has many years’ experience in the Military (RAF and Army), NHS, Voluntary and Private Healthcare sectors. Peter has a Registered Managers Award and has been a Care Home Manager for the last 28 years. Peter has a qualification in Dementia Care (Dementia Care Matters) and is a qualified Dementia Care Mapper (Bradford University).

Peter has a broad wealth of experience ranging from Accident and Emergency, Renal Transplant, Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia care and Care of the Elderly.

Christine Ellesley, Home Admissions Adviser

Christine Ellesley, Home Admissions Adviser

I joined Gracewell Healthcare in February 2015, having reached a stage in my career where I truly wanted to make a difference every day to people’s lives, and have a positive impact on society. It is an absolute privilege to help seniors and their families during what can be a very difficult time. My role is to assist families with finding the right care solution for their loved one’s next chapter. Each individual and their families are treated with support, dignity, respect, empathy and understanding. I can now honestly say that I make a difference each and every day, sometimes it's a small difference, but each small thing adds to the big difference!

Lijo Varghese, Clinical Lead Nurse

Lijo Varghese, Clinical Lead Nurse

I started working at Gracewell of Kentford in 2012 and after leaving for few years to work for the NHS, I returned back as a full time member as it is a great place and team to work with. Since qualifying as a registered Nurse in 2007, I have gained valuable clinical experiences and knowledge working in various Intensive care units within private and NHS hospitals. As a keen learner, I have completed various courses throughout my career including management of a person with Diabetes and I recently completed my Level 5 in Leadership and Management in health and social care. I feel privileged to be given an opportunity to make a positive impact on the life's of the residents we look after, which is the most rewarding part of my job.

Laurence Marsters, Head Chef

Laurence Marsters, Head Chef

I initially started my career with a four year chef Apprenticeship at Newmarket General Hospital. I then spent two years, mainly in the special dietary kitchen, at Guys Hospital London. Following on from that I moved back to East Anglia, where I went on to work as a chef at Addenbrooke’s Hospital; a return to real cooking and where I met my amazing wife. My career journey then came full circle as I returned to Newmarket Hospital as Assistant Head Chef, and then subsequently Head Chef six months later.

I have always had a love for food and cooking, which is why I joined Gracewell of Kentford in 2011. We prepare and cook real food, from scratch, every day. Utilising local ingredients as much as possible.

Pauline Edgell, Head Housekeeper

Pauline Edgell, Head Housekeeper

During my career so far I have had many different experiences, from office work to retail; I even owned and ran my own pub! A part of my career that set me onto the path for care was when I bred and showed St Bernard dogs, this was an amazing experience for me and extremely rewarding. I then came to a time in my life when I wanted a change, so I decided to head into Housekeeping in a care home. This was a big, but positive, change for me and I have been in housekeeping ever since. I love how every day is different working at Gracewell of Kentford, and I really feel like I make a difference to the elderly residents who we serve.

Shannon Thurgood - Gracewell of Kentford - Activities Coordinator

Shannon Thurgood, Activities Coordinator

I joined Gracewell Healthcare in August 2020, after deciding working in care was something I was passionate about and wanted to build a career out of. Prior to this I have taught in primary and secondary schools in various subjects including Dance, Drama and English. During my studies at University I frequently volunteered at care-homes teaching exercise and craft clubs, I found this so rewarding being able to bring joy and entertainment into the residents' lives. My role is to organise events and activities throughout the year for residents and their loved ones to attend to ensure they have a fulfilled experience during their time with us. I believe bringing a smile to someone's face is the most important part of any day!

Karl Cattliff, Maintenance Manager

Karl Cattliff, Maintenance Manager

I am a fully qualified heating and plumbing engineer, and have worked at Gracewell of Kentford since it opened in 2011. As a keen motorsport enthusiast, and telly addict I have also worked in a broad range of industries including, catering, banking, petrochemical and consumer goods, before turning my hand to service and care industry. My Job mostly entails ensuring the safety of residents and the building, general maintenance, annual certification and compliance.

Debra Murphy, Home Administrator

Debra Murphy, Home Administrator

Prior to joining the care industry I was working in financial services. However, in 2007 I reached a crossroad in my life where I felt it was time to make a difference; I wanted a career that was meaningful. So in 2007 I started as an Activities Co-ordinator in a care home. Over the next few years I transitioned into Administration and Dementia Care. I joined Gracewell of Kentford in 2017 as the Home Administrator. I am proud to work for one of the best care homes in the Suffolk. The most rewarding part of my day to day job is interacting with our residents and their families, a simple 'thank you' really goes a long way!

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