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Mel Harris

Posted on: July 25th, 2022 by Iain Looms

Registered Manager Ridgway Court 

Mel has 17 years of experience in the care industry, she started caring in the community for the elderly and progressed to Senior Carer in 2004. From there she managed her own care company for live in carers and gained extensive experience in providing exceptional care to her clients. She discovered that she had a passion for learning and trained as an assessor to assist carers with their diplomas.  Starting with Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2021 as Deputy Manager, Mel has recently and recently promoted to Registered Manager and now leads the team at the Farnham care home.

Mel has level 3 diploma and is currently working towards her level 5. She is also a qualified Taqa assessor in health and social care.

David Macgowan

Posted on: June 20th, 2022 by Iain Looms

David was an integral part of the Abbeyfield Reading Board of Trustees and joined the AWVS board in February 2022 when the two Societies merged. David is the Minister of Carey Baptist Church in Reading and has a wealth of experience in charitable organisations.

Iain Looms

Posted on: September 10th, 2020 by Zena Cooter

Marketing  and PR Manager

Iain hails from the midlands but has spent the last twenty years living and working in the Farnham area.

Whilst launching and managing small customer facing businesses within the local community, Iain completed a qualification in Professional Marketing and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

His introduction to the senior care sector emerged when being faced with looking after his elderly mother and he now has a passion for developing innovative customer focused environments for all the Abbeyfield residents and their families.

Away from work Iain has great interest in sport – he actually spent his early career as a member of the Professional Golfers Association competing around the world and coaching. Now he enjoys social golf rather more and his coaching skills are put to the test as Head Coach for the Farnham under 7’s rugby teams!

Gemma Harvey

Posted on: September 9th, 2020 by Michael Cooter

Care Quality Manager

Gemma joined Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2005 as a care assistant at Wey Valley House. Since then she has undertaken her NVQ qualifications level 3 & 5 and became a senior carer, first at Wey Valley House and then moving to Hatch Mill. In 2019 Gemma was appointed as the Care Quality Coordinator for the Society.

Gemma has also had courses in First Aid, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Fire Awareness, Food hygiene, Manual Handling and SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, Palliative Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Equality and Diversity, Quality Improvement & Changing Perceptions.

Toni Chandler

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Mark Ashmore

Training Manager

Toni has had over 18 years’ experience in caring for the elderly, joining Abbeyfield Wey Valley society in 2001 as a Night Care Assistant at Hatch Mill. In 2004 Toni worked as a Senior Care Assistant and in 2007 she became Deputy Manager on Hatch Mill’s residential wing.   She also covered maternity leave as Deputy at Wey valley House before being given the position of Trainer in 2014.

Toni has NVQ2, NVQ3, NVQ4 and NVQ Assessors award, First Aid, Health and Safety, Fire Marshall, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, End of Life Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Customer Service, Mental Health and Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision and Health Conditions. Train the Trainer, Train the Trainer in Manual Handling, SOVA and the Care Certificate.

 

Tracey Pollard

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Mark Ashmore

Wellbeing Manager

Tracey has had over 20 years’ experience in caring for the elderly, joining Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2002 as a Senior Care Assistant at Hatch Mill.   In 2007 Tracey became Deputy Manager at Ridgway Court before being given the position of Volunteer and Activity Support Manager in 2010. Tracey is the staff support officer and in 2016 she became the Society’s Wellbeing Manager.

Tracey has NVQ3 and NVQ4 and NVQ Assessors Award together with courses in First Aid, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Fire Marshall, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, End of Life Care, Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Customer Service, Mental Health and Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision.

Sue Gunner

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Mark Ashmore

Admin Manager

Sue joined as Admin Manager in September 2020. She gained her administrative qualifications, including basic accounting and law certificates, at Farnborough College of Technology and worked for a number of years as a secretary and PA at various management levels. A sales role then provided a springboard into marketing and public relations, at which time Sue achieved professional marketing qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Sue’s last role was Marketing Manager for a local domiciliary care provider, where her work supported both client and staff recruitment.

Daphne Oosthuizen

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Michael Cooter

House Manager – Roundhay

Daphne was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and educated in the Eastern Highlands after graduating high school, Daphne went onto to join the staff of Barclays Bank as a ledger clerk in the village where her parents lived, here she attending numerous training workshops and courses and rose up to Manager’s assistant a few years later. It was there she met her farmer husband! Daphne married and settled into farm life and had two children.  Daphne ran the farm office for 3500 farmer workers doing wages calculating all tax returns, spreadsheets for budgets, etc. as well as running the small clinic for minor injuries Daphne and her family farmed in this area until the land acquisition came in 2000 and her husband was killed.

Daphne then closed the book on Africa and came and joined her daughter who was here in the U.K.  on a working holiday. She quickly enrolled herself in college to skill up on her computer skills. It was here she met a lady who introduced her to Abbeyfield in Sutton. Daphne joined the staff as House Manager in 2002 and in February 2010 joined Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in the same capacity. During Daphne’s years with the society, she has attended many courses including Safeguarding & Protection of Adults, Emergency First Aid, Food Safety, Infection Prevention & Control, Dementia to name a few.

Sybil Bradburn

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Zena Cooter

House Manager – Kemnal

Sybil was born in Durban, South Africa. She became a qualified nurse in 1974 and worked at the Anaesthetic Clinic for 9 years and then a sales representative for 9 years selling industrial components. Sybil then worked in A & E for 12 years in south Africa. Sybil moved to the UK in 2008 and did 2 years caring for UK work experience. Sybil started working at Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2011 as House Manager in Kemnal and after  moving in 2018 to Castlegate to run the home there for four years, Sybil returned to Kemnal to manage the beautiful home in Haslemere once again.

Michelle Blower

Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by Zena Cooter

Registered Manager  Wey Valley House

Michelle has worked in Health and Social Care for 10 years. For 5 years Michelle worked with Adults and Children with learning disabilities. Michelle started working for Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society in 2015 as a Senior Care Assistant at Wey Valley House. She then progressed to Deputy Manager at Ridgway Court in 2019.

Michelle has NVQ3 and NVQ5 in Health and Social care and the Care Certificate. She has also had courses in First Aid, Health and Safety, Infection Control, Fire Marshall, Food hygiene, Manual Handling and SOVA Management, COSHH, Drug Administration, End of Life Care,  Diabetes Awareness, Dementia, Mental Health, Equality and Diversity, Support and supervision.

In April 2021 Michelle switched roles within the society to return to Wey Valley House as the new Deputy Manager and in July 2022 she was promoted to the Registered Manager and she now leads the team at Wey Valley House.

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