Meet the Team

We’d like to introduce our friendly Leah Lodge team who are determined to be the difference in senior care.

Penny Hammond

General Manager

As a new manager to the Cinnamon team at Leah Lodge in Blackheath, I have been asked to write a short bio about myself. It’s been a while since I have reflected on my time in the healthcare setting and having spent a bit of time looking back over the last 35 years I have no idea, like most people how it went by so quickly.
Having started out at 16 as a nursery nurse I had no yearning to be a nurse until I became a patient at the tender age of 17. I sort of fell into it without any real plans for a career pathway, just knew that I liked looking after people and I realized I was actually quite good at it.
As a general nurse, I did a bit of everything in the initial years after qualifying in Newham, east London. Surgery, medicine, orthopaedics and casualty. After a short spell in the private sector in London’s famous Harley Street, I joined Pontins as the camp nurse. 3 hi de hi years later I was still having a great time in the summer months and flitting about the country as an agency nurse in the winter. I had some great jobs in Birmingham, Norwich and finally the Birdseye factory in Great Yarmouth ( not packing fish fingers, still nursing!).
While working as an agency nurse I was persuaded to join the team in Newham as a ward sister on a medical ward. It was an 8-year journey and a half with the arrival of Aids, the ward became a bit of a specialist unit for the young people who had illnesses related to aids and other illnesses that often became end of life conditions.
After a couple of years as a district nurse, I accepted a general managers role in a care home and that’s me for the next 18 years. I am now in my 5th General Manager role, and still enjoying the challenges every day brings. Dementia care has been a real part of my personal journey, and I was privileged to care for very young people with dementia aged 34 to 65 in a previous care home.
Joining the team at Leah Lodge is a great place to be. The cinnamon care settings are amazing and I look forward to enjoying the people who live and work in the Leah Lodge community and being part of a team who really make a difference to the people they care for.

Jessica Tettey

Home Admissions Adviser

What do I do:
I’m very excited to be the Home Admissions Adviser Leah Lodge.
My role is to support residents and families who are looking for a care home for their loved one.  This journey usually choice or by necessity is often a difficult one.  I feel very privileged that this is my job as I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping people in any way I can.

I joined the team at Leah Lodge in April 2019. Having worked in a similar role for the past four years. Originally I was an Estate Agent before I moved into the care / retirement sector in 2015 and have honestly never looked back.

About Me:
I am from Wirral in Cheshire where I worked for a corporate estate agent for most of my working life with some time in banking.  In 2015 myself and my husband relocated to Essex due to an opportunity we couldn’t miss, later moving to SE London to be closer to family just before we got married and had our son in 2018.  When I am not in work I like to make the most of quality time with my husband and son.

Nancy Johnson


What I do

I am overjoyed to be part of the Leah Lodge team. I am really excited to watch this home be successful and, most of all, see the residents receiving excellent care and living in the luxury accommodation we offer.

Being part of the team from the beginning gives me great pleasure; I have been able to get to know our residents and their families, and show the pride and passion we aim to deliver to Leah Lodge at all times.

My experience

I have worked in varied roles within the care industry for the last five years. These range from working in the Support Office delivering general support to the homes when they were under pressure, completing payrolls, purchase ledger, sales and finance. Whist I enjoyed the variety of work, the best part for me was being out visiting the homes, helping the employees and mainly caring for the residents. That is what led me to work as an Administrator at Leah Lodge.

Cherrie Williams

Head Housekeeper

My working experiences include working in a care home environment, 4 & 5 star hotels and also leisure centre’s for the past 30 years’.

Myself and my highly-experienced team, are really enjoying making sure that very high standards are maintained, so that residents, visitors and staff have a clean, safe, welcoming environment to live in, visit and work.

In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing music, socialising with friends and family and walking my dog Edna.