The Sprott House organisational structure comprises several teams, under the management of Chris Sanders, which focus on different areas and keep the facilities and services running smoothly.
These include Administration, Clinical, Quality and Health and Facilities.
Chris SandersGeneral Manager
Chris Sanders was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Sprott House in 1999 and served on the Board until December 2010 when she resigned upon taking up the role of General Manager for Sprott House, a position she currently holds.
Her early working life revolved around nursing and midwifery. She has worked in various nursing roles over the years, most recently as a nursing coordinator at Wellington Hospital and as an investigating nurse advisor for the Nursing Council. Prior to accepting her current role, she was employed by Victoria University in the area of policy development.
Chris, her husband and family have lived in Karori since 1989 continuing a family association with Karori since the late 1890’s.
Angeline BryanClinical Services Manager
Angeline Bryan moved to New Zealand from Wales in November 2008 and started working at Sprott House as Clinical Services Manager in April 2009. She has worked in varies nursing roles over the years. Her last role before emigrating to New Zealand was managing a Leonard Cheshire facility for young physically disabled.
Angeline and her husband live in Paraparaumu and have family in the Gold Coast and Cardiff.
Lynette MazeyFinance & Administration Manager
Lynette began her working life in a firm of chartered accountants where, for five years, she received a thorough grounding in all aspects of financial management. For the next five years she was assistant accountant in a large Wellington construction company, leaving to raise a family.
Lynette commenced part time at Sprott House in March 1985 doing the fortnightly wages for 30 staff and organising and paying the monthly accounts. At that time there were thirty eight residents in the home, all rest home level, and twenty one ladies, fully independent, paying peppercorn rentals in the Bishop Holland Villas. The home was run by a live-in matron and the president of the board did any administration required. Times changed and needs increased in the aged care sector. In October 1993 Lynette was made full time Office Manager shortly before the matron retired and the first general manager was appointed. Lynette later became Finance and Administration Manager, the position she currently holds.
Lynette was born in Wellington and her children live in Whitby and London.
Erin TorioQuality Manager
Erin Torio has an educational background in Public Health with a post graduate degree in Tropical Medicine. His past experience was in the academe as a Professor for nursing students in the areas of Human Anatomy, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. Prior to this, in the dairy manufacturing industry he took the roles of a Laboratory Head, Customer Relations Officer and Quality Management Systems Coordinator.
Upon his appointment as Quality Manager at Sprott House in 2010 he completed courses on Health & Safety, Management System Auditing and Quality Management in Healthcare. He is responsible to oversee our Infection Control, Health & Safety, Education and Quality programmes. He is also a qualified Careerforce assessor.
Erin’s family has migrated to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2009 and has already settled to make this their permanent home.
Lisa CookeLifestyle Support Manager
Lisa moved from Leicestershire, England in 2009 to Wellington and was initially employed at Sprott House in 2010 as the facility Occupational Therapist. Lisa qualified as an Occupational Therapist in England in 2000 and for the nine years’ worked with people and their families with Mental Health conditions. In 2011 Lisa became the Unit Manager for Duncan Lodge and so was asked to manage Duncan Lodge, Sprott’s dementia unit. Lisa has worked hard to develop a welcoming, homely environment and focuses on resident’s quality of life and promotes independence. Lisa currently resides in Churton Park with her husband, two sons and pampered pooch Meg.
Betuao ChungCare Manager North and Rennie Wings
I came to Wellington from Kiribati in 1981 and have lived in Wellington ever since. I have two adult daughters and a grandson. I qualified from Massey University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Nursing and have also completed a diploma in Clinical Nursing at Victoria University of Wellington majoring in Gerontology. I have worked in a variety of nursing roles during my career as well as in leadership roles prior to coming to Sprott House. I believe that aged care is a speciality which requires special people who love and respect the older adult. I am at where I am because I believe that I can make a difference to our older adult lives and their families and help the newly qualified nurses to see Gerontology nursing as a career pathway.
Fatima CaceresCare Manager West Wing
Fatima completed her degree in Nursing from the Philippines in 2004 and qualified as a Registered Nurse in the same year. She worked in a hospital for 4 years in the Philippines and volunteered as Emergency Medical Technician for a year before coming to New Zealand in 2008. Fatima completed her Competency Assessment Programme in Whitireia Polytechnic in 2008 and was offered a full time RN role at Sprott House in the same year. She became a Clinical Coordinator in 2014 and stepped up as the Care Manager of the North Wing in 2015.
Juna JardenicoUnit Manager Duncan Lodge
Juna completed her degree in Nursing from the Philippines in 2005. She started working as a volunteer nurse in the Paediatrics department, Emergency-Outpatient department and in the Medical-Surgical ward where she became a full time nurse for 3 years. Juna decided to move to New Zealand. She completed her Competency Assessment Programme at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2009 and was offered a full time Registered Nurse role at Sprott House in the same year. Juna stepped up to a Senior RN role in 2011 and became a Unit Coordinator in 2015.
Melinda BramwellSupport Services & Villas Coordinator
After moving to Wellington from Christchurch in early 2012, Melinda commenced working at Sprott House as a Receptionist in January 2014 and subsequently was appointed to the role of Managerial Assistant to Chris and her team in June 2015. In addition to this role, Melinda also holds the role of Villa Coordinator with responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the 13 Villas at Sprott House. In January 2017 Melinda was appointed to the role of Support Services and Villas Coordinator.
Melinda has extensive administration, business and finance experience as well as gaining 20 years’ experience in the Tourism Industry having managed five star apartment complexes in Queenstown, combined with owning & running her own online tourism business. Melinda resides in Karori with her husband and two sons.
Ray WangPayroll Administrator
Being a member of the management support team over the previous five years, Ray has developed himself into a financial professional through managing payroll and monitoring labour cost.
After Ray graduated from University of Otago and Victoria University, he has worked a couple of roles in both accounting and marketing fields in Christchurch and Wellington. He is good at using his analytical thinking to help business identify and solve problems. Ray is also the treasurer of Karori Community Centre to help local community development.
Ray and his family live in Karori and they are enjoying work and life balanced lifestyle in New Zealand.
Laura HalliganReceptionist /Admissions Coordinator
Laura joined Sprott House after arriving in Wellington in 2013.
She is proud to be one half of the reception team – working alongside Helen – and strives to provide a warm and welcoming approach to guide you through the admissions process.
As part of the administration team, Laura connects well with everyone at Sprott, offering support wherever needed. Her belief of “no task too small” helps contribute to the overall high quality of care our rest home is renowned for.
Originally from Dublin, Laura counts her co-workers and the residents of Sprott House as her “Kiwi family”, and feels really lucky to work with them. In her spare time, she loves cooking, teaching yoga, and exploring the beautiful city of Wellington.
Helen WilsonReceptionist /Admissions Coordinator
With a BA in Religious Studies and English from Canterbury together with a Teaching Certificate Helen worked as a Primary Teacher in Christchurch for some years. A move to Wellington and two children later Helen started up the first Barnardoes Family Day Care programme on the Kapiti Coast. With her own children growing up and having a Mother who helped out, full time work at Workbridge, a quasi government agency, was then able to be a reality. Being an Employment Consultant at Workbridge for people with various disabilities was challenging and enjoyable for some 10 years. This job was followed by a stint in Management at a small Employment Trust fulfilling a government contract to place people with extra challenging disabilities, into work - indeed a major challenge! This 2 year contract ended successfully for all parties and Helen left there to start her dream job, owning a beautiful bookshop in Petone. Unfortunately the economic downturn and the switch to Kindles rather than real books meant the business did not survive longer than 6 years. Happily now Helen has a job here at here at Sprott House where she is able to indulge her main interest in life which has always concerned people. Her beloved mother reached the end of her life at a rest home and as an only child, Helen spent a lot of time with her in that setting. Helen appreciates the needs of the elderly and loves her job here working with a very dedicated team of people including a charming co receptionist, Laura.