Meet the Ashby House Care Home Team

Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:

Francesca Fosu

General Manager

Hello, my name is Francesca and I am the General Manager here at Ashby House

I joined Barchester in 2015 and the team at Ashby House in 2017. I was Deputy Manager from 2018 prior to progressing my career to General Manager in March 2022.

I am committed to supporting all our team members to achieve their full potential as I have been and adopting a whole team approach.   I always aim to carry out my role in collaboration with residents, their families and my team members, to ensure our residents live enriched and fulfilling lives, in a safe and happy environment. I strive to create a wondrous atmosphere and am truly grateful to residents’ families who constantly show their appreciation for our care of their loved ones.

I am particularly proud of my team who work hard to make Ashby House to be a home to our residents and I look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Kristine Sorita

Deputy Manager - Clinical

I have been a nurse in United Kingdom since 2005, I started as a nurse for another nursing home for 5 years.  I worked in the NHS Oxford University Hospital as a specialised Haemodialysis/ Renal nurse for 12 years.

I have joined Barchester as I see this as coming back to where I started my nursing Profession here in the UK.

Lorna Sherwood


Hello. I am Lorna and I love my work as a nurse here at Ashby House. I enjoy speaking with residents and helping them to feel as well as they can. I feel proud to be part of this team where everyone plays their part in making everyday life enjoyable for residents.

Sue Axford

Sue Axford


Sue has worked for Barchester since January 2004 and she has been at Ashby House since June 2010. Her role involves looking after the day to day running of the finances from sales to payroll, supporting the General Manager with the day to day running of Ashby House and supporting staff and relatives/residents within the home.

Charlotte Arbon

Activities Coordinator

I joined Ashby House in April 2022, I thoroughly enjoy my role as Activities coordinator and love coming to work and having chats with the residents and families.

I listen to the residents and learn about their interest and support them to be involved with activities.  When I am not at work not at work I love spending time with my family playing board games.

We would love to have new ideas, if you have a skill you would like to share or would like to be involved with activities please email us at

Craig Clarke

Head of Maintenance

I joined Barchester in 2022, I left for a few months and came back 5 months later, and I enjoy what I do at Ashby House each day is different, I like to be able to help the residents.

I am responsible for all the maintenance and keeping our home a safe environment.  Time with my family is really important to me.

Diana Paduara

Head of Housekeeping

Hi, my name is Diana. I started Ashby House in November 2022, I am responsible for the laundry and housekeeping teams.

Under my supervision Ashby House is presentable, clean and tidy at all times. When I am not at work I like to spend time with my family.

Carol Moore

Housekeeping Assistant

Hello. I'm Carol and I joined the Ashby House team in 2004. It is really important that I keep the home clean to keep it looking nice and minimise infection risks. It is also important that Ashby House is tidy, attractive and well organised so residents feel comfortable and relaxed. I get to know every resident, to understand how they like their room, their clothes and their personal belongings to be arranged. I enjoy my morning chats, getting to know residents as I clean their rooms.