I have been working in care for 22 years and have held a range of positions from Support Worker / Carer to Registered Manager. I have worked in both learning disabilities and elderly care, including dementia care and palliative care. Before joining the team at Abbotswood, I was Deputy Manager in a medium-sized care home in Northampton caring for the elderly for just over five years. Before that, I worked with adults with learning disabilities and complex needs as Senior Support Worker, and worked my way up to become Registered Manager, a post I held for just over five years. I love the satisfaction of making a positive difference, however great or small, in the life of someone less able than I am, whatever stage of life they have reached.
Whilst working in care I have been lucky enough to receive several awards. In 2005, I was the runner-up in the National Registered Managers category of the National Care Awards and a Local Hero Award for Outstanding Achievement in Care run by the Salisbury Journal and Spire FM. I am proud of both these achievements.
I look forward to seeing Abbotswood Court continue to grow, and to supporting our residents and my colleagues as that happens.
When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and my horses.
As Deputy Manager I work closely with Lea as part of the management team. My previous role was Dementia Manager here at Abbotswood Court and I continue to directly support residents and families of our dementia community. I regularly meet with our residents’ families and with Lea ensure families are as much a part of Abbotswood Court as the residents themselves.
Since completing my Master’s degree in Person Centred Care in Dementia, I have had 16 years’ experience of supporting people living with dementia across a range of age groups.
I joined Abbotswood Court in 2016 and I strive to educate people, particularly families of those living with dementia, to recognise the positive impact of focusing on the abilities the person still has, rather than dwelling on the abilities they have lost. I am passionate about everyone being treated as an individual, continuing to develop the atmosphere of person-centred care at Abbotswood Court and encouraging my Care Team to achieve the best possible care.
My job involves helping people make difficult decisions about residential care, introducing them to our fabulous team and helping them to understand and experience the superb lifestyle residents enjoy at Abbotswood Court.
I love to see our residents thrive in such a safe, caring and stimulating environment. I enjoy guiding our new residents and their family members through this life changing move with lots of help, continuing support and encouragement.
My career history has centred around customer service, marketing and events. I spent many years working for a local newspaper and more recently within a private hospital.
I live nearby with my family and have a fondness for Romsey and the surrounding area. I enjoy walking my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel ‘Alfie’ when I’m not running around after my two children.
I started working at Abbotswood Court in June 2016 and I’m part of a team who deal with the financial side, HR and Reception. I greatly enjoy it, especially the interaction with the lovely residents and their families.
I spent 20 years as the Accounts Manager, based in London, for a group of hotels across the UK and Europe. I went on to run my own coffee shop before meeting my husband and having children.
I then took a position as Estate Manager for a large Estate that had been privately owned for over 300 years by a titled family, managing 40 estate properties and assisting the farm manager who ran a 1,900 acre arable, livestock and dairy farm together with a farm shop, a retreat centre and a family activity farm in Dorset. I did this for eight years before leaving to join my husband in his retirement but I am afraid I got bored – hence my position now at Abbbotswood Court.
I have a busy home life where I enjoy cooking, reading, sewing and knitting, and just being with my family.