The Team

Justine Thelwell

Registered Home Manager

Justine was appointed General Manager of Lincombe Manor Care Centre in March 2019 and is a very welcome compliment to the already established team here. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in January 1992 after completing her training in Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park Hospitals on the Wirral. She swiftly moved to London where the streets were paved with gold and spent ten years at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, Sister Agnes in Marylebone where she started as a junior staff nurse and ended her ten-year span as Ward Manager. During her time at King Edwards Justine was privileged to nurse members of the British Royal family. She nursed the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret and is proud to have been of service to them. Justine has also nursed past and present Prime Ministers, foreign dignitaries and VIP’s and too many amazing film stars to mention. She takes great pride in nursing members of the armed forces and feels honored to have nursed them back to health. Justine feels this part of her career shaped her for the future and made her the manager she is today. In 2003 Justine decided to move to Torquay with her then 4-year-old daughter Jess. She took a post at Torbay Hospital as ward manager where she worked for 4 years before leaving to join the care home sector. Justine worked in Exeter for the next seven years as a Clinical Care Manager with Elizabeth Finn Homes LTD and loved every minute. She decided after seven years to gain more experience in the corporate sector so for the next four years she worked with a large care home operator named Brighterkind initially as their Senior Clinical Facilitator covering twenty-eight homes across the South of England then moved into the operations side of the business as Regional Support Manager overseeing nine homes in the South West region. In 2017 Justine decided four years on the road was enough and she joined Barchester Healthcare LTD to manage Mount Tryon Care Home in Torquay where she had her first taste of being a General Manager and immediately knew it was the career path for her. Recruiting and retaining team members who are committed and passionate about the delivery of person-centered care is pivotal to her. She is proud to develop and nurture a team to a level where they are self-sufficient, productive, loyal and more importantly happy. Happy teams make happy residents which makes a happy home. Away from work Justine lives in Torquay with her husband John, her daughter Jess now a young woman currently forging her own career in the care sector and her ageing, much loved Jack Russell Trio who is never far from her side. Together they enjoy family time at home, exploring the world and meeting different cultures and a passion for interior design. Justine and her team will be on hand to welcome you for a visit to Lincombe Manor Care Centre to view the magnificent facilities and discuss the services they offer in more detail with you over a delicious coffee and a stunning 180 degree view of Torbay on our top terrace.

Holly Bishop

Home Administrator

Holly has worked in the care sector since leaving school. She has always enjoyed making a difference to people’s lives and particularly enjoys working in the field of mental health. Being a naturally organised person with an interest in Human Resources, Holly is perfectly suited to the role of Home Administrator. She will always greet you with a friendly smile and will be on hand to help you as best as she can.

Brenda Lowe

Clinician Lead

Brenda has been with the company the longest, having joined Lincombe Manor in 2011 before the current building was completed. Brenda has 40 years nursing experience including qualifying as a S.R.N. in 1974 followed by completing the J.B.N.C. 249 Cardio Thoracic course, which is her specialty. Whilst working as a Ward Sister at the Brompton Hospital in London in 1979, Brenda met her husband. Brenda loves her job but has always maintained a life outside nursing. She has two adult sons who were both sports enthusiasts, because of this Brenda became not only ‘Mums taxi’ for all sporting events and training, but also became involved as a volunteer helper at club level, later to become a track and field official. During the first year that women became eligible for hammer throwing Brenda held the record for a year. Brenda also derives much pleasure and happiness from a wonderful three year old grand daughter.

Lea Brown

Activitiy Coordinator

Lea is one of the Activity Coordinators at Lincombe Manor. Lea has three years' prior experience of organising activities in a care home setting and is delighted to have joined the team at Lincombe. Lea praises the staff at Lincombe for how welcoming they have been. Equally saying she has been embraced by residents and their families and looks forward to building relationships with all going forward. Lea is focused on providing a wide variety of person centred activities, including trips out and about. Lea wants residents to feel free to approach her with any ideas or input they might have, as she believe activities should be driven by the residents interests.

Roxanne McIntyre

Activity Coordinator

Roxanne is originally from Oldham (Greater Manchester) and moved to Torbay when she was six. Roxanne has always been interested in care and first applied for a job in care two years ago, after her son joined full time school, since then she has never looked back. Roxanne's first job was in another care home where she spent 18 months gaining her NVQ level 2 before applying for a job role with Lincombe Manor Care. Roxanne enjoys being at Lincombe Manor and can see herself there for many years to come. Roxanne originally started at Lincombe Manor as a Care Assistant, which she enjoyed very much, but decided upon a new challenge when the role as an Activities Coordinator became available. Roxanne finds her new job role very interesting and is keen to learn new things. Roxanne is looking forward to planning and arranging activities and days out for those who live at Lincombe Manor Care Centre. Outside of work Roxanne is very family orientated and enjoys family outings like walking, visiting the seafront, going to different local parks and just spending time with her family. Roxanne also enjoys swimming, going to the gym and singing - but only in the comfort of her own home when no one is around!

Colin Pearson

Head Chef

Colin started his career and training in 1990 at the multi award-winning Osborne Hotel in Torquay, one of the top three eating establishments in the southwest. In 1995, Colin took the Head Chef position in a newly opening restaurant known as Burleys in Babbacombe, where he worked for three years before relocating to yet another well-established restaurant, the 4* rosette award-winning Grand Hotel, on the seafront of Torquay. He enjoyed a successful nine years at the Grand, developing his career further. Other significant roles have included Head Chef at the Belgrave Hotel and fine dining at the multi-rosette, award-winning Corbyn Head Hotel. He now takes over the prestigious kitchens of Lincombe Manor as Head Chef, ensuring a smooth-running kitchen.

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