Meet the 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:

Rebecca Orman

General Manager

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

I joined Challoner House at the end of 2018, and I am very excited to be working in such a beautiful home with such fantastic staff!

I am a registered nurse with a BSc in Adult Nursing. I have previously been a home manager and bring with me knowledge and expertise in older adult nursing care.

I have come from a vast background of older adult nursing, specialising in palliative and dementia care. I have also worked in the acute sector in the past and use this knowledge to ensure the best quality care for my residents while offering knowledge and support to my staff.

I have an open door policy, so please feel free to pop in and say hello.

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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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Vicky Davidson

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.

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Naheed Shariff


As the administrator I lead and mange the team in all administrative duties. This can and does vary from the finances to visitors, documentation to front of house, meet and greet, supporting the manger and responding to a host of other enquiries. 

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Nicola Reynolds

Head Housekeeper

My team and I are responsible for ensuring all areas of the home are clean, tidy and presentable to ensure the comfort and well-being of the residents. We ensure that a supply of freshly laundered clothing and linen is available at all times for all residents and other departments. Our role in the home enables us to develop lovely relationships with our residents as we are constantly around the home committed to keeping it clean and maintained, we enjoy the interaction we have with our residents on a day to day basis.

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David McKenna

Maintenance Manager

I joined Challoner House in January 2014 and have eight years of property maintenance experience within the retail and commercial sectors.  Prior to working with Barchester Healthcare I was employed by one of the major supermarkets for two years working on reactive maintenance and health & safety issues.  I enjoy working with people and being able to help them with any maintenance requirements and ensuring that the environment for our residents is well maintained. No job is too small and no challenge too big. I enjoy meeting all of our residents, and do so regularly and I am a familiar face for everyone who lives and works here. 

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Catering and Hospitality Team

I am Andy Dale, Head Chef at Challoner House and I lead my team to provide a varied, nutritional and interesting menu for our residents. Our host Paul is a fundamental member of my team, along with Bev, as they are devoted to ensuring that the dining experience for our residents is an enjoyable and inviting one. Both Paul and Bev spend the most of their time with residents in and around the home to provide not only regular set meals, but refreshments, fruits, pastries amongst other culinary delights throughout the day. As the Head Chef, I will meet all new residents to discuss dietary requirements as well as likes and dislikes as well as special requests. I am supported back of house by Roger and Sue who are valuable members of the team who assist in making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible - we all work very closely together.

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