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Meet The Team

Carla Bowman


Mrs Carla Bowman

Carla is a Registered General Nurse and started her nursing career in the NHS, experiencing Cardiology, Intensive Care and Accident and Emergency nursing. Carla left the NHS in 2012 to experience private healthcare, exploring Forensic Nursing and other independent care providers – predominantly in inadequate services requiring extensive improvement. Carla’s determination to provide the highest quality care is always at the forefront.

Rachel Herniman

Deputy Manager

Miss Rachel Herniman

Rachel is a Registered General Nurse, whose career began in the NHS, and is experienced in spinal orthopaedics, elderly care, the elderly frail, dementia care and district nursing.  Rachel's NHS experience proved that her vocation was elderly care, which led her into the private nursing home sector.  Safe and person-centred care is Rachel’s passion, which she embeds across the home, ensuring that best quality of life for our residents is at the heart of what we do.

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Garry Clulee

Estate Manager

Mr Garry Clulee

Garry has extensive knowledge and experience in the building industry, including health and safety management.  Prior to the Elliscombe House Estate Manager role, Garry was a Heritage Craftsman at Wells Cathedral, and he has also worked on home renovations and garden maintenance in France. Garry’s skills, and his strong grasp of legislation and regulations, are fundamental to ensuring Elliscombe House and its grounds are well presented, safe, accessible and well managed.

Ben Dawes

Head Chef

Mr Ben Dawes

Ben trained at Somerset College, progressing his catering career from kitchen porter to head chef. Ben has managed several professional kitchens, predominantly in fine dining restaurants and the gastro-pubs industry. On any given day, Ben can be found creating dishes such as roasted venison loin, truffled butternut puree, celeriac fondants and a chocolate jus; or local pheasant breast, leg bon bon, pickled red cabbage, and caramelised apple with a truffle dressing. Ben believes the most delicious cuisine is made simply with the best, fresh, high-quality ingredients.

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Kath Ranier

Activities Manager

Mrs Kath Ranier

Kath has over 20 years of experience in health care and education; working in hospitals, care homes, private households and schools, in many countries.  This extensive experience underpins Kath’s understanding and appreciation of individuals' backgrounds, culture and activity preferences. Our bustling activity plan is at the heart of our home and has been carefully developed to include all residents. Kath can be found leading many of our in-house activities or working with residents to plan upcoming events.  No request is ever too big or too small.

Catharine Rees

Head Housekeeper

Miss Catharine Rees

Catharine’s strong aspiration to help people led her to a career in the care industry. Catharine worked as a care assistant for three years, during which time she developed a passion for infection prevention and control and became the designated lead in this area. Utilising this knowledge, Catharine swiftly attained a head housekeeper role. Catharine commenced a BA (Hons) degree in Health and Social Care to extend her cross-sector expertise. Safe, comfortable and supportive care in an accommodating, clean environment is fundamental to Catharine.

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Miss Stephanie Hewis

Steph has worked in administration for 15 years.  It was during a break to experience pharmacy dispensing that Steph decided to pursue a role within the care industry.  Steph oversees all administrative tasks within Elliscombe House, directly managing financial processes such as client billing, accounts payable, payroll and banking.  Despite spending most of her time at her desk, developing and maintaining relationships with our residents is extremely important to Steph, so she can often be found taking time out of her day to join our residents for a coffee and a chat.  


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Our Vision And Values

Elliscombe House is managed and staffed by an outstanding team, bringing a wealth of experience to their respective areas. The Home Manager and Deputy Manager are both experienced, qualified nurses, assuring and delivering a safe, nurse-led service of the highest quality. Both the Administrator and Housekeeper are specialists in care whilst our Estate Manager, Chef and Activities Manager excel in their fields. Collectively, they are a nurturing, confident and happy team whose infectious enthusiasm permeates the home and underpins everything we do.


We are working with the entire team to craft a vision statement and a set of values in which we all believe and to which we will collectively commit ourselves. 

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Glenn Trotman

A Message From The MD

Having witnessed first-hand the immeasurable value of exceptional and compassionate care in a comfortable home, the renovation of Elliscombe House has been a deeply personal journey for myself and my wife, Catherine. This understanding of what the finest level of care can achieve, allied to our combined experience in project management, interiors, new business development and finance, made Elliscombe House the perfect site to realise our vision.

Great care and consideration has been taken to create a comfortable, nurturing and safe environment, with individual needs being met in the best possible way. From small touches, like bud vases on breakfast trays and vintage domino sets, to high tech communication systems and eco heating, we pride ourselves on the enormous attention to detail that has gone into the renovation of the home.

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History Of Our Home

Elliscombe House is situated in Higher Holton, a small hamlet near Wincanton, in south east Somerset, close to both the Dorset and Wiltshire borders. Built in 1901, this elegant Edwardian house was the former country residence of the Heathcoat-Amory family. In the midst of glorious Somerset countryside, sitting atop a hill, the house has a South-facing aspect and sweeping views across the mature grounds and over the valley.

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