Welcome To The Team

At Monte da Palhagueira, as within the entire Amesbury Abbey Group, you will quickly notice the many benefits of choosing a company that is still owned and run by the family of the original founder.  The passion that drove Mary Cornelius-Reid A.M. M.B.E. to create her first Nursing Home in 1972 has been passed on to us all and is clearly visible in everything we do.  You will also notice that a large number of our managers and employees have been part of the business for many years, some over 30, making our team a true extension of the family in every respect and ensuring that the loving care and attention to detail, upon which Mary established the Group, endures.


Family Members & Senior Management

Dr. Rosemary Reid


Rosemary is the eldest of the Cornelius-Reid second generation and is currently practicing as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Her early interest in healthcare was no doubt stimulated by helping out within the nursing homes, being involved in each of the early steps in their establishment. Her own children are in their teens and increasingly independent, which has allowed her to become progressively more active in the development of the family business; most recently becoming Chairman of the Amesbury Abbey Group. In addition to chairing monthly board meetings, Rosemary will be a regular visitor to Group operations in Portugal and the UK and will have responsibility for ongoing Group strategy.

Naomi Cornelius-Reid

Managing Director

Having been born at Winton House, the location of the Group’s first nursing home in Hampshire, Naomi has grown up with and been involved in the company all her life. Naomi has a huge range of experience having undertaken various roles, from front of house to facilities management and everything in between. She is passionate about the family business and now sits on the board as Managing Director, having overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Amesbury Abbey Group businesses in Portugal and the UK. Naomi is also the registered individual, as required by the Care Quality Commission, for each of the Group’s registered operations.

David Cornelius-Reid


David has been involved in the family business from its very start in 1972. As a teenager, he could be found around Winton helping out where ever he could with the maintenance of the building. Today, David has operational responsibility for the UK homes and in addition sits on the Group board. Although based at Amesbury Abbey, he divides his time between each Group location and is a familiar face to all our residents. David holds an NVQ4 Registered Managers Award for care homes and has significant involvement with the Group’s extensive workforce. In his spare time, he is a semi professional photographer and has recently successfully exhibited his work.

Alexandre Duran Neves

General Manager, Monte da Palhagueira

Alexandre is Portuguese by Nationality and has an international background, having lived in the Middle East while undertaking part of his education abroad and sitting his postgraduate component in England. Alexandre brings a wealth of experience to his role as General Manager with responsibility for overseeing both the Nursing Home and Independent living components of the village. His management expertise and broad ranging skill set complements the abilities of our other key staff members, ensuring that this very special community in the Algarve is maintained to the highest of standards.

Key Managers

Debbie Roberts

Administrator, Monte da Palhagueira

Debbie Moved to Portugal from the UK in 1985 and joined Monte da Palhagueira when it first opened in 1991. Initially working as a care assistant within the nursing home, Debbie progressed through the organisation and moved into a more managerial role. A fluent Portuguese speaker, Debbie co-operates with Alexandre to ensure the smooth running of Monte da Palhagueira, so that everything and everyone is taken care of.

Hazel Gordon

Senior Sister

Hazel underwent her nursing training in Ayrshire and Arran Health Board, Kilmarnock, Scotland.
She then spent over 3 years working in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, before moving to Portugal in 1993, joining Monte da Palhagueira as a Nursing Sister. In 2001 Hazel was promoted to the position of Senior Sister within the nursing home.

Teresa Janes

Head of Sales UK, Amesbury Abbey Group

Teresa joined The Amesbury Abbey Group in March 2008 and is based at Sutton Manor. Teresa is Head of Sales UK within the Amesbury Abbey Group. Teresa will be your first contact when making an initial enquiry, whether by phone or e-mail, ensuring that you gain all the assistance and support you require.