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Meet our staff


Claire Russell

- Registered Care Home Manager

Claire has been working for Abbeyfield for 6 years now, with a total of 16 years experience in the care industry. Claire was employed with Abbeyfield in 2009 as a Senior carer, soon she became team leader and for the past 2 years has successfully managed the home. She holds an NVQ 3 qualification, Level 4 and also a diploma level 5 in management. Claire enjoys managing James House and is proud of the team who work here.


Joanna Kent

- Team Leader

Joanna has been team leader at James House for 2 years now, with a total of 7 years experience in the care industry. Joanna has NVQ level 3 and is looking forward to starting her level 5 diploma. She also has a degree in sociology and criminology! Jo previously worked in a home for the blind, she has specialist training with sight loss. She started as a care assistant and was soon promoted to team leader.


Kanthi Rathnayake

- Care Assistant

Kanthi has been with us for 2 years. She is a qualified nurse in Sri Lanka and has 15 years nursing experience. Kanthi has 4 years care background in the UK. She is said she is very happy working here at James House as a care assistant and really enjoys her job!


Janet Beasley

- Cook

Janet has been a full time cook at James House for 9 months now. Prior to this, Janet worked at 2 other Abbeyfield homes (housing). She started as a cleaner, then a cook and then moved up to deputy manager. In total, Janet has been with Abbeyfield for 3.5 years. Janet now feels that she is back doing what she loves: cooking! Janet is food hygiene and better food, better business trained.


Elizabeth Vlad

- Senior Care Assistant

Elizabeth has been with us for 2 years now and has a care background of around 7 years. She is a registered nurse in the Phillipines and has gained her NVQ level 3. Elizabeth is very good at organising activities with residents. She kindly volunteers her time to take residents on day trips and outings and really enjoys her work!


We have regular residents meetings where we discuss past activities, entertainment and outings and we welcome new ideas.

We listen to our residents and give them a choice of daily activities; the most popular are: quizzes & reminiscing, gentle exercises, classic movies, sing-a-longs, target games, scrabble, other board games.

We have seasonal activities too (Easter & Christmas), where staff assist residents with card making and/or cake decorating. We have in house entertainers booked regularly, which are very popular too.

We have local outings to the aquadrome, lido, garden centre & local pubs for lunch. Other outings include Woburn Safari Park, Windsor, Royal Air Museum, and Butterfly World.

Contact the house


2 Sandy Lodge Way
United Kingdom


01923 823122