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Meet your team

“When you visit The Marbrook Centre, don’t ask us what we do;
ask us why we do it? Then you will hear why we are different”

Robert Myers – Head of Care Pathways

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Everyone
Management Team
Therapy Team
Lesa McAnulty
Chief Operating Officer
Lesa McAnulty

Chief Operating Officer

I love my job! In a nutshell, I am here to look after everyone and to ensure Team Marbrook has the best tools to do their jobs. So, what are these tools? Well, in the toolbox is good training and support, a nice environment, the best equipment, clear leadership and the remaining space in the toolbox is filled with care and compassion.

I’m a nurse by training, albeit a moderately old one, having qualified in 1985! Since I qualified I have followed the management, rather than the clinical path. I also spent 5 years as a care home inspector in the 90s where I saw the good, the bad and the ugliest of care services!

So, back to why I love my job. I see people every day who have experienced life changing injuries and health challenges. They and their families are truly extraordinary people; their strength, optimism and motivation to be the best they possibly can be, is an amazing thing to share in. This is a constant reminder to me to make every day count, value what I have and not to complain or worry about things I don’t! The icing on the cake is to witness Team Marbrook supporting people on these difficult and challenging journeys with such care and compassion. I am one happy bunny.

Likes:
Being a vegetarian, supporting my beloved Spurs, sipping a good red wine, being a mum to a wonderful teenage lad and all things animal and nature. I am compelled to move snails and slugs off of paths so they don’t get squashed and chase an upset wasp around the house to release it humanely in the garden. To this end, I have also have Flo the cat and 2 fantastic rescue dogs. I would have many more rescue pets but the husband would leave!

Dislikes:
Dining with people who are eating offal, the gap between the train and the platform, people who ask me why I don’t eat meat and do I think vegetables feel pain? Arsenal Football Club, bullies and racists.

Robert Myers
Head of Care Pathways
Robert Myers

Head of Care Pathways

I have lots of experience of building new services and care partnerships in the NHS, Charity and Private sectors. My role is to enable all those who could benefit from our rehabilitation skills, a clear care pathway to us.

Likes:
Laughter, thank yous and anything with wheels and an engine

Dislikes:
Bullying, bad driving and cucumber

Tracy Haddock
General Manager
Tracy Haddock

General Manager

I'm a registered nurse and bring a wealth of experience in nursing management, service development and specialist palliative care.

Likes:
Spending time with friends and family

Dislikes:
Spiders and snakes

Aileen Warnes
Head of Quality and Compliance
Aileen Warnes

Head of Quality and Compliance

I have been a qualified nurse for over 20years. I love supporting individuals to achieve their full potential in life. I am at my happiest knowing that residents are safe and experiencing good quality care. I enjoy working as part of a team and ensuring that systems and processes are in place to allow our residents to flourish.

Likes:
music, travelling, good food, supporting people

Dislikes:
Uncaring people, rudeness and animal cruelty.

Sarah Harbour
HR Manager
Sarah Harbour

HR Manager

As HR Manager for Marbrook my role is to ensure that working for us is as fair, contented and productive as possible, which in turn enables our residents to receive the highest standards of care and compassion. I have worked in many different sectors, and my priority is to deliver an HR function that really supports our people to make a difference to our residents lives.

Likes:
Going to gigs, animals, hot baths, politics, laughing till I cry, beautiful views and sunny weather

Dislikes:
Too much milk in tea, cold callers, out of touch MPs and social media pressure on young people

Ed Riches
Head of Support Services
Ed Riches

Head of Support Services

Having worked in the hospitality industry for 22 years in various locations in the UK, I joined the Marbrook team to bring a non-clinical perspective to delivering great service for residents. My principle role is to oversee Marbrook’s non-clinical operation and ensuring that the support team are providing the best possible quality of service adapted for each resident to cater for their specific needs. I work closely with the residents and their families so we can understand what we can do to ensure the time spent with us will be as enjoyable as possible.

Likes:
Sport, being busy and honesty

Dislikes:
Mess, lazy people and courgettes

Stephen Kirker MD FRCP FRCPI
Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
Stephen Kirker MD FRCP FRCPI

Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

I bring twenty years of experience providing medical input to rehabilitation Multi-Disciplinary Teams, treating people with neurological disabilities and limb loss.

Likes:
Photography, gardening, hearing my children laugh

Dislikes:
Liver and Kidneys, either on a menu or on a ward

Dr Niall Bacon MB ChB MRCGP
DR
Dr Niall Bacon MB ChB MRCGP

DR

David Whitten
Therapy Lead
David Whitten

Therapy Lead

Being able to play a role in improving someone’s quality of life is why I love my job.

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and since then have worked in a variety of settings including large teaching hospital and a specialist rehabilitation center.
I enjoy building relationships with individuals and their families and really getting to know the person, what is important to them and what it is that they want from their rehab here at Marbrook.
My role as the Therapy Lead is to support staff, individuals and their families to ensure the provision of high quality person centered rehabilitation.

Likes:
Sport, Movies and Mediterranean food

Dislikes:
Inefficiency, ignorance and people who talk in the cinema!!

Magdalena Swallow
Clinical Service Manager
Magdalena Swallow

Clinical Service Manager

Having worked in the care sector as a registered nurse for over 14 years, I have gained experience in numerous nursing homes including a primary care setting.

I am extremely passionate about delivering high standards of care to residents living with a long term neurological condition, a spinal cord injury or dementia.

Leading by example with a hands-on approach, I aspire to demonstrate great skill and compassion with residents whilst exemplifying integrity with my team.

Likes:
Long walks, holidays with my family, sun, good coffee and my dinner cooked for me.

Dislikes:
Rudeness, big hairy spiders, the word “moist” and a lack of sleep.

Lisa Riches
Lisa Riches
Clinical Service Manager
Lisa Riches
Lisa Riches

Clinical Service Manager

After qualifying as a nurse in 1999 I worked in Critical Care before starting at The Marbrook Centre as a Senior Nurse in 2016. I am passionate about providing the best care experience for our residents, delivered by a well-trained and empathetic team.

Likes:
Running and food

Dislikes:
Laziness and being woken up in the night by my children

Emily Hart
Service Manager
Emily Hart

Service Manager

I started my career in health and social care at the tender age of 17 and have since worked in a range of settings including supporting those living with dementia, mental health issues, neurological impairments, autism and learning disabilities. Person-centred care is at the heart of all that I do and I’m passionate about my team promoting quality of life for all residents here at The Marbrook Centre. I know that there is no single approach that is the right way for every individual, I firmly believe in the ethos ‘no decision about me, without me’ and I embed this into the core of any decisions made.

Likes:
Coffee, my cats (Chester & Chip), cacti and succulents (or anything gardening related)!

Dislikes:
Tardiness, thick nib pens, a messy desk.

Steffi Powell
Senior Physio
Steffi Powell

Senior Physio

After graduating from Brunel University as a Physiotherapist in 2010, I worked in the NHS at Addenbrookes Hospital for two years completing core rotations including musculoskeletal and neurology. In 2012 I moved into the world of paediatrics where I worked for the 4 years supporting children with a wide range of neurological long term conditions, musculoskeletal injuries and developmental delay. I have worked for the past two years at Prime Physio, Melbourn working with people who are recovering from having a stroke or spinal cord injury and also supporting people with long term conditions such as MS and Parkinsons.

Alongside my day job I have also been involved with various sports teams including England Touch Rugby and British Canoe Slalom. My passion is for neurology and I enjoy pushing the limits that can be achieved from the acute to the long term goals. I also like mixing this with my sports knowledge to develop holistic plans and treatment programmes.

I enjoy watching rugby and when I’m not working I can normally be found on the netball court or touch rugby field.

Likes:
My gin cupboard, travelling, a good book, clean bed sheets

Dislike:
Badly made tea, traffic and sitting still.

Amber Masterson
Senior Speech and Language Therapist
Amber Masterson

Senior Speech and Language Therapist

My role as a Speech and Language Therapist here includes assessment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties after brain injury / stroke. I think empathy and good working relationships between client, family/friends and therapist are vital when it comes to neuro-rehabilitation. I want my client’s goals to be meaningful to them on a personal level, and functional within an everyday setting. I am passionate when it comes to being an advocate for clients who have difficulties communicating.’

Likes:
Music festival/concerts, olives and my border collie.

Dislikes:
Bad manners, inequality and ignorance.

Rachel Barber
Senior Occupational Therapist
Rachel Barber

Senior Occupational Therapist

After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2012 I spent some time in South-East Asia volunteering at local rehabilitation centres. Upon returning to the UK I started working at The Lister hospital in Stevenage where I gained experience across a variety of acute fields such as surgical, orthopaedics and stroke; it was here that I discovered by passion for neurological rehabilitation. I pursued this further and accepted a role working for the Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team. This involved working in the community, providing therapy for individuals at home for up to 6 weeks post-stroke. I also assisted in the set-up of a new inpatient stroke rehabilitation service at Herts and Essex community hospital.

I enjoy the challenge and diversity that neuro-rehab offers and I am passionate about achieving the very best for all my patients.

Likes:
Food, Travelling, Film, Shopping

Dislikes:
Rain, Bowling, Rollercoasters

Miranda Gaylor
Psychologist
Miranda Gaylor

Psychologist

I have worked as a psychologist for over twenty years in various specialities (Autism, personality disorders, mental health and brain injury) and different settings (hospitals, prisons, communities, police). More recently, I returned from working in the Middle East, after establishing and leading a rehabilitative service for children and adolescents, which was a truly fascinating and positive experience for me and my family.  

My role as Consultant psychologist at Marbrook is to provide psychological support to individuals and their families throughout their rehabilitative journey, to conduct cognitive assessments to provide us with a profile of people’s cognitive functioning, to provide person centred care according to an individual’s psychological needs and to support staff training to enable them to implement care plans effectively.

Likes:
Cats, travelling, laughter, hot weather

Dislikes:
People who lack integrity, cold weather

Eimear Conroy
Physiotherapist
Eimear Conroy

Physiotherapist

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2011 and prior to starting at The Marbrook Centre in 2017 was working in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. This has given me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience in the acute setting such as Neuro-Intensive Care, acute neurological and neuro-surgical rehabilitation, stroke and sub-acute neurological rehabilitation, community rehabilitation among many other rotations. My passion is neuro-rehab because I enjoy the challenge, complexity and diversity of the people I get to help every day. I am excited to use the knowledge I have gained to ensure the best for my patients at all times.

FAQ about my name: It sounds like “femur”, just drop the f. It’s a relatively common Irish name.

Likes:
Prosecco, long warm summer days, diving, dogs

Dislikes:
cold/wet and short winter days, when people put milk in the cup of tea before taking out the tea bag!!

Emma Deering
Physiotherapist
Emma Deering

Physiotherapist

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2012 I worked at Addenbrookes hospital which is where my interest in neurological rehabilitation started. During this role I worked within neurological intensive care, acute neurological rehab and stroke rehabilitation as well as completing many other rotations. In order to pursue a career within neurological rehabilitation I moved to work on an acute stroke unit at the Lister Hospital.

In the last two years prior to starting work at The Marbrook Centre I worked as a locum physiotherapist as it gave me the flexibility to indulge in travelling abroad. As a result I have worked within many different areas of neuro rehab within the Home Counties. These roles have given me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge and skills in which I can use to provide the best care possible to my patients. I have a passion for neurological rehabilitation as I enjoy the challenge and complexity of the patients I treat and I enjoy helping them to achieve their goals.

Likes:
travelling, prosecco and skiing.

Dislikes:
rain, traffic and brussel sprouts!

Megan French
Occupational Therapist
Megan French

Occupational Therapist

Claire Walsh
Occupational Therapist
Claire Walsh

Occupational Therapist

As an Occupational Therapist my main aim is to provide practical and emotional support to people to facilitate recovery and return to living independently following an injury.

Working in a neuro rehabilitation setting this allows me to explore various options and techniques to our residents to promote independence and overall satisfaction within their day to day routine.

I have been working as an Occupational Therapist since 2013 where I have worked in both acute and private settings. As a result of these experiences my passion for neuro-rehabilitation grew and grew.   My last role was in New Zealand where I was supporting people  to return to work  following a head injury.

I am passionate about neurorehabilitation because of the challenges, diversity and goals that are overcome on a daily basis.  I enjoy the fact that every day will be different!

Likes:
Travelling, G&T, listening to music

Dislikes:
Parsnips,  soft /runny eggs, drivers who do not indicate!

Carla Westley
Senior Therapy Assistant
Carla Westley

Senior Therapy Assistant

I have worked in care for 20 + years now and have worked in therapy for 9 of those years. There is nothing more satisfying than helping others achieve their goals and as a therapy assistant I am fortunate to work across all disciplines which means my day is very varied and no two days are ever the same. I am passionate for high levels of patient care which is why I came to work here at the Marbrook centre so I can continue to deliver those high standards in line with Marbrook standards.

Likes:
Spending time with my family and pets, walking by the river and listening to music

Dislikes:
Spiders! (All shapes and sizes)! Rudeness

Eleanor Cashman
Speech and Language Therapist
Eleanor Cashman

Speech and Language Therapist

As a speech and language therapist I assess and manage communication and swallowing difficulties. I previously worked at Lister Hospital stroke unit and I have experience in paediatric and adult speech and language therapy. I am passionate about neuro-rehabilitation and supporting a person centred approach for the client and their family and carers.

Likes: Cups of tea and food, my cats, photography and all things arts and crafts.

Dislikes: Cold wintry days and coffee.

Alison Abington
Therapy Assistant
Alison Abington

Therapy Assistant

I’m a writer, researcher and solution-focused practitioner by background, having spent the first part of my career working with senior managers and leaders in a range of organisational settings.
Seeking a change in direction, I joined the NHS as a Rehabilitation Assistant in an intermediate care bed-based unit before taking up my current role at The Marbrook Centre. I continue to use solution-focused techniques in my work and to draw on my coaching experience to inspire and support our patients.

Likes:
Choral singing, crispy Peking duck pancakes, the Isle of Islay

Dislikes:
Nuts, heights, arrogance

Jess-Chegwidden
Jess Chegwidden
Therapy Assistant
Jess-Chegwidden
Jess Chegwidden

Therapy Assistant

I have been working in care for around 7 years, within this I have worked in 3 different care settings which include; dementia/elderly, hospital (neurological unit) and now The Marbrook Centre.

A passion of mine is delivering high standards of care, promoting independence, sharing service users journeys and being a part of their rehabilitation.

Likes:  Walks, Rugby, Food and Tea

Dislikes: Avocado and Octopus (has no bones and fits inside a bottle!)

David Challis
Head of Finance & IT
David Challis

Head of Finance & IT

I am a Chartered Management Accountant with 16 years’ experience working in a variety of business sectors, with the last 7 years specialising in Healthcare.

My role is to deliver the IT infrastructure, financial reporting and business intelligence, to ensure that the Care team are best supported to provide the highest levels of rehabilitation and care in a safe and pleasant environment.

Likes:
Tennis, golf, books and numbers!

Dislikes:
Tomatoes, untidiness and inequality

Ollie Smith
IT and Communications Manager
Ollie Smith

IT and Communications Manager

I am the IT & Communications Manager at the Marbrook Centre, I have many qualifications and experiences within IT making me a Microsoft Certified Professional. Also several years of experience in healthcare.

My job is to ensure everyone staying at the Marbrook Centre has excellent internet access and support enabling the best possible outcomes, whilst at the same time fixing what my colleagues break! Love to review current processess and ensure we are utilising technology to its best advantage.

Likes:
Fast cars, sport and helping people
Dislikes:
Sunday drivers, rain and discrimination
Brabham
Therapy Dog
Brabham

Therapy Dog

As Marbrook’s PAT Dog, my role here is to spend time with patients, residents, their family and friends and staff, offering unconditional affection. There is nothing I like better than being patted, stroked and hugged by all who wish to meet me. The special moments for me are when I bring back happy memories of past pets, or a smile to the face of someone who finds communication difficult. I have an interesting pedigree being half Saluki and half Standard Poodle, which makes me a Salukidoodle!

Likes:
People, other animals, walks and sleeping in till lunchtime

Dislikes:
Fireworks and the neighbours ‘bond villain’ white cat which teases me

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