Meet the Challoner 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:

Sarah Hayman

Sarah Hayman

Senior General Manager

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am the Senior General Manager here at Challoner House. Welcome to our website!

I head up a team of highly trained care staff at Challoner. Prior to starting this position, I worked in healthcare for 20 years and have been with Barchester since 2009. I come to Challoner with a wealth of experience, both in care and management.

Before joining Barchester, I worked in various healthcare settings for over 20 years. I run a team of highly experienced nurses and care staff here at Challoner. I have brought to Challoner my wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am committed to providing the highest quality of care and nursing.

Please feel free to pop in and meet me and my lovely team at any time.

Madeline Murtagh

Madeline Murtagh

Deputy Manager

I joined Challoner in 2019 and have been working for Barchester since 2017. I

I am a fully pledged nurse with a vast amount of experience caring for those living with dementia, I previously managed my own 100-bedded nursing home in London and have a wide variety of acute nursing experience too.

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Dani Maker

Dani Maker


I joined Challoner’s team in January 2012 as an Administrator, and my duties included processing the recruitment of new staff, finance and general administration, alongside welcoming visitors into the home. 

Prior to this, I worked for 3 years at Southampton General Hospital in the cardiothoracic radiology bookings office, and as a receptionist in the cardiac MRI unit.  During my time at the hospital, I gained valuable administration experience, in addition to achieving a distinction pass in touch-typing, however, I wanted to broaden my skills, and have an opportunity to learn about financial administration as well as some areas of HR, which is what drew me to working for Barchester.

I was working full time as Challoner’s sole Administrator up until 2017, when I then had a year’s maternity leave to enjoy raising my daughter. Since returning, I now work two days per week and job share the Administrator role with my wonderful colleague, Lizzie, of which we have a very supportive working relationship that ensures the efficient running of our department. 

Lizzie and I are always happy to assist with enquiries and show new visitors around the home, so please come and say hello.

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Lizzie Grant


I have been working for Barchester since 2016, and in October 2018, I was promoted from Admin Assistant to Administrator and transferred to Challoner. I work alongside my counterpart, Dani, who is very knowledgeable and experienced, helping to keep things running smoothly at all times! It is my responsibility to manage all the financial and HR systems within the home, and I am really enjoying my new role. I work 3 days a week and, on the other days, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and our two crazy dogs!

I am always available to help when I am in the home, so please do come and see me.

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Vicky Davison

Activities Coordinator

I was an activities coordinator at Challoner House for 4 years before taking a year out to try new things, but soon realised my heart lies with supporting older people, so I stepped back into my position in 2019. 

Alongside my work with my assistant, I organise the daily activities in addition to the larger events at the home. I enjoy getting to know the residents and try to incorporate their hobbies into the activities we plan.

I particularly enjoy spending one-to-one time with residents, as it allows me to get to know them and plan future activities around their interests. I also enjoy doing group exercises, as I feel this is an integral part of keeping residents active.

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Gary Cook

Care Practitioner

My name is Gary Cook and I have been working at Challoner House since April 2011. I started here as a senior carer and then got promoted to Lead Senior Carer.

When the Care Practitioner course was introduced, I was one of the first people in Barchester to complete the programme. After about 9 months, with lots of training and support from the nurses and my mentor, I passed and have been working as a care practitioner ever since. 

I work alongside the nurses and assist them in their everyday duties, from administering medication to wound care.

I love working with older people and enjoy the challenges that it brings.

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Sophie Withers

Activities Assistant

I have worked at Challoner House in varied roles since leaving school in 2013. I am now a full time Activities Assistant and work alongside Vicky organising the daily programme. I am also a fully qualified hairdresser and continue to fulfil this passion in my spare time.

Jason Piggott

Head Chef

I have been a chef for nearly 20 years and most of this time has been in the care sector. Mealtimes are the most important part of the day for most people; it's not only a time enjoy nutritious food, but a time to socialize. I make every effort to satisfy the residents' needs and produce high quality fresh produce.

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Michael Matthias

Head of Maintenance

I am responsible for general maintenance and decorating in the home, plus the health and safety of all residents, staff and guests. I have many years of experience in different trades and have worked in the care environment previously. I am very much enjoying my role at Challoner!

Lisa Burnet

Head of Housekeeping

I have worked here since 2014, where I started in the kitchen, and also did night shifts as a carer. I have hopped between departments before settling into housekeeping in 2019, and then being promoted to Head Housekeeper at the tail end of 2019. I am thoroughly enjoying this new role!

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am-8pm

02380 082 745

All other calls

02380 266 036

Our fees and contract

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