Meet Our Team

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

Gemma Ridout-Bowden

General Manager

What I do:
I’m really excited about commissioning Mornington and building a home for our residents and nurturing a new team members, I enjoy my role as every day is different and our residents never cease to make me smile.
As a general manager, I feel privileged to be looking after peoples loved ones and ensuring each individual residents received the best possible care suited to their needs.
I have a deep passion for individual person centred care to enable me to do this I nurture and develop my team members to have the skills, knowledge and understanding of our residents needs ensuring the team have care at the centre of everything they do.

My experience:
I joined the care sector in the late 90’s and have worked in different areas allowing myself to grow different skills with the understanding of residential, nursing, day care, domiciliary, rehabilitation.
I hold a level 4 qualification in social care and a leadership and management award this has supported my roles a General Manager in the last 10 years to support the running of 3 residential and 1 nursing settings this includes the commissioning of 2 new builds.

About me:
When I’m not at work ……..
I live in sunny Bournemouth and I enjoy walks on the beach or in the forest, I have a close family unit and enjoy family time
I enjoy travelling in and out of the UK and when at home holding dinner parties for friends and family

Irina Mindova

Deputy Manager

What I do:
I am really excited to join Mornington court as a deputy manager supporting the general manager.
Commissioning a new home is a fantastic opportunity. I am passionate about providing the best care for all our residents and nurturing new team.

My Experience:
I graduated as an General adult nurse in 1991. I spent 10 years working as a ward sister in an emergency department. I am an experienced clinical lead and deputy manager in the care sector. I am very excited to be a part of the Mornington team.

About me:
Outside of work I enjoy walking my dog and being outdoors enjoying the new forest or the seaside. I am also a keen reader.

Sarah Gillett

Home Admissions Advisor

What I do:
In my role I help to support families through the transition into residential care. Choosing the right care can be a difficult decision for all involved, but my job is to help this process run as smoothly as possible by guiding our new residents and their family members through this life changing move with support, great understanding and empathy.

My experience:
I have over 8 years’ experience of working in the care sector starting my career as a Domiciliary Carer looking after elderly people in their own homes in the local community and a few years later becoming the Office Manager. After a break to raise my family and help with the family business I feel so lucky to have come back to a job doing the things I am passionate about.

About me:
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family, my two young daughters keep me very busy. I enjoy shopping, going to cinema and eating out. I am a real foodie so I also enjoy cooking and throwing dinner parties.

Alison Hodder


What I do:
I am responsible for the paperwork side of Mornington Court supporting the General Manager. I deal with resident accounts, home invoices, and purchasing. I look after the HR side of the home in relation to recruitment, payroll and and I also oversee reception.

My Experience:
I have always worked for the health care industry starting my career working for the NHS for over 18 years in the local hospitals, community and GP surgeries, and then later moving on to the care home environments I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the healthcare sector and my varying roles.

About me:
I am a fitness fanatic, I enjoy HIIT training and running, and spending my weekends at the beach or in the New Forest walking or doing anything outdoors. Regardless of all my fitness I enjoy a large slices of cake and big cups of tea.
I live locally with my husband and 2 cats.