Sunrise of Southbourne
Meet our team
One of the reasons why every Sunrise home is much more than just a care home is the team of people working there. Every hour of every day, Sunrise team members are working to make sure that our residents enjoy life as fully as possible.
Here are just a few of the people you’ll find at your local Sunrise care home.
Lana Wright, Assisted Living Coordinator
I have been working for Sunrise of Southbourne since 2008 where I started off as a care assistant. I have worked hard to now become the assisted living co-ordinator. My career in care started with a push from my Mum who worked as a carer in the community. I soon realised that this was the right career path for myself. I am passionate about delivering excellent care to all my residents. I have a fantastic team of care staff who everyday go above and beyond their roles to deliver outstanding care. I see the staff that I work with and residents as family.
Bart Plaszke, Reminiscence Coordinator
I have been working for Sunrise Senior Living since July 2017. Prior to that I have been studying political science in Poland and I have completed master degree. I started my career as Health Care Assistant at Sunrise of Eastbourne, and gained some experience and qualification to progress to Senior Care Assistant and Medication Technician. Further progression began at Gracewell of Bookham where I did have the opportunity to be Memory Care Team Leader and I have been working with people living with Dementia supervising my team in Memory Care Household. Within this role I was one of the five finalists at National Dementia Care Award in “Best Dementia Carer “category. This lead me well into my current role as Reminiscence Coordinator at Sunrise of Southbourne. I am passionate to provide the highest standard of care possible for our residents. My motto is to treat our residents the same way how we would like to be treated or how we would treat our beloved ones.
Sandy King, Activities and Volunteers Coordinator
I have been working for Sunrise Senior Living since 2007 and joined the Southbourne team in 2015. I have worked in activities for 17 years and was one of the first to hold the city and guilds certificate, for Activities with the elderly. Activities are my passion and seeing my residents having the most fulfilling time, brings me joy. I love my job and the enjoyment it brings.
Adam Sitarz, Dining Service Coordinator
I started working with Sunrise of Southbourne as a Catering Assistant in 2007. Since then I have taken on new tasks and responsibilities which lead to being promoted to current position of Dining Services Coordinator. I am responsible for all aspects of delivering nutritionally balanced meals, including special diets and dietary needs. It is very rewarding to see residents having a great dining experience, from the meal they have to the service they receive in restaurant style dining room. It motivates me and my fantastic team to provide the best possible service for them every day.
Wayne Pritchard, Head Housekeeper
In 2017, I made the very hard decision to quit my role in management where I had been for the past 20 years and venture down a completely new path where I had no experience whatsoever. Having just turned 40 and realised my core values and ethics had already changed for the better I felt it was time to give something back to the community.
I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I have made and have has such an awesome journey so far. What we can learn from the elder generation is truly inspirational and the conversations we have are quite meaningful and sometimes hilarious.
No day is the same and what I have learnt is to slow down every now and again and really cherish each and every day.
Rick Pearce, Business Office Coordinator
Bringing with me over forty-five years of experience working in commercial environments across the UK and mainland Europe, now in my semi-retirement I am pleased to be working only a few minutes walk from my home at Sunrise Southbourne in the Business Office. Through running my own telecoms company over the past fifteen years I have learned that delivering the best possible level of customer service is key to good business. This I strive to reflect in my work ethic towards our Residents, their Families and my fellow Team Members and colleagues within our Care Home.
As a child growing up in Birmingham I learned to play the piano and church organ and from time to time I enjoy playing the wonderful Grand Piano here in our Parlour at Sunrise Southbourne for the Residents entertainment.
Kirsty Ellis, Lead Concierge
Having studied and worked in performing arts for 15 years in London, I also gained experience in the hospitality industry organising events in Mayfair before moving to Bournemouth to work in sales and team management. For 3 years I worked in domiciliary optical care travelling around care homes in the south coast. This taught me a better understanding in dementia and vulnerable people. I joined Sunrise Concierge team in 2013 and worked my way up to lead concierge.
I love my job, the staff and all the characters we have at Sunrise, (including the pets). I now look after a team of 7 concierge at Southbourne. Never a dull moment we are the eyes, ears and heart of the community. The relationships I build with the residents and families are so special and I value listening and trying to solve any request or concerns they may have.
Mike Benton-Bates, Maintenance Coordinator
I have worked for Sunrise for over 10 years and see each year gets better and better. I love my job and love helping and caring for people. I am responsible for the grounds and the building including all the systems from a maintenance point of view. I love the challenges it throws up every now and then. I particularly enjoy the projects we do. Our sweet shop is one example and our award winning gardens which I had the pleasure in development. It gives me pleasure when residents enjoy the surroundings of the home that we have worked hard to maintain.