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.

Jo Pattison, General Manager

Jo PattisonI am really excited about the future here in Southbourne. Having worked as an operational manager for the last 7 years and a service manager for 6 years prior, I have welcomed the fresh start working with people with mature care needs as many of the skills and experiences gained over the last few years are transferable. Since the age of 17, I have worked within the Health and Social care industry and not a day goes by where I don't love my job. 

My first memory of being a carer was when I was 7, I remember putting my dolls into bed and wrapping them in bandages as I wanted to look after them. My grandmother was a nurse and I always looked up to her and inspired me to help others too.

Lana Wright, Assisted Living Coordinator

Lana WrightI 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

Bart PlaszkeI 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

Sandy KingI 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

Adam SitarzI 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

Wayne Pritchard 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

Rick PearceBringing 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

Kirsty EllisHaving 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

Mike Benton-Bates

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.

Care Staff

Championing the quality of life for all seniors - it’s the mission and responsibility of every Sunrise team member. To achieve that, we invest in our care team. New team members complete a comprehensive Sunrise training curriculum focused on the care and wellbeing of our residents.

New team members receive
60+ hrs
of training in their first 30 days
Leaders receive an additional
72+ hrs
of training to help teams meet Sunrise standards
200k+ hrs
of continuing education for Sunrise team members each year
We adjust staffing
365 days
a year based on the number of residents and care needed

Where to Find Us

42 Belle Vue Road,
New Enquiries: 01202 464 369 Friends and Family: 01202 437 600