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:

Dawn Smith

General Manager

Welcome to Cheshire Grange Care Home, my name is Dawn and I am the General Manager here.

I have been working within the care sector for the past 15 years, I started my career as a support worker supporting adults with learning disabilities, and later I was promoted to team coordinator, after that I was promoted to Head of service managing 3 services. Due to my own personal circumstances I developed a real interest and passion for improving dementia care, this led to my transition into older peoples care first as a deputy manager, and then finally as a registered manager.

I then went on to become a qualified person centred dementia care trainer and was fortunate enough to be trained by Teepa Snow, who is one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it.  

Throughout my 15 years’ experience that spanned across different providers, I have acquired tremendous knowledge and understanding of the care sector, and I have gained valuable insight into both the challenges and the rewards of delivering high standards of quality and person centred care.     

As the General Manger my aim is to ensure that my team continue to deliver a high standard of person centred care to our residents, placing them at the heart of everything we do.  I believe in an open door policy with everyone here at our home. Do feel free to pop in and meet our wonderful team and ask any questions that you may have, we are all more than happy to help.

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Agnieszka Wawrzyniak

Memory Lane Manager, Acting Deputy Manager

I was delighted to join Cheshire Grange as the Memory Lane Manager and I am now acting Deputy Manager. I have a master's degree in Education and moved to the UK from Poland in 2005. Since then, I have always worked in elderly care and have gained qualifications in both care and management. Most of my experience has been in dementia care and I am so happy to be able to bring my knowledge and skills to work with, and learn from, the wonderful team at Cheshire Grange. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, studying and spending time with my family and friends.

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Jo Eland

Activities Coordinator

After originally starting at Cheshire Grange in May 2015, I'm delighted to be back in the role of Activities Coordinator. It is a privilege to be in this role and spend time, getting to know our ladies and gentleman and their loved one, whilst doing all the fun things that can make such a difference to their days.

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Joanna Pimlett

Head of Night Duty

My name is Joanna Pimlett and I am Head of Nursing for Nights here at Cheshire Grange. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and have a real passion for elderly care. 
My role here at Cheshire Grange is to ensure all our residents feel safe, secure and loved and that their families feel content in the knowledge their loved ones are being well cared for.
I am extremely proud of my night team of Nurses, Senior Carers and Carers and together we ensure we maintain a professional, relaxed and friendly environment. We ensure we respect our residents privacy and dignity at all times and work hard to promote a homely atmosphere.

Cheshire Grange and those who live here are as much in our hearts as those who love them, we will always strive for the best for our residents, families and our team.

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Lizzie Overend

Head of Nursing

Hi, I’m Lizzie, and I qualified from the University of Chester with a diploma in Adult Nursing in 2011. Since qualifying I have specialised in later life and dementia care within the private sector. I keep my practice current and up to date by attending training sessions internally and externally, and in 2013, I achieved an additional Dementia Mapping qualification through the University of Bradford. 

In 2015, I achieved a Bachelor of Science qualification in Nursing, specialising in ‘Care of The Older Person’ at the University of Wolverhampton and I am now studying at the University of Chester, towards a Bsc (Hons) Palliative and End of Life Care.

I joined the team as a Staff Nurse in September 2013 and was very proud to be promoted to ‘Head of Nursing’ at Cheshire Grange in 2015. I have overall responsibility for the residents in our care and for the smooth running and management of the care and nursing teams.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching rugby, spending time with my family, and dining out with friends.

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Mandy Glindon

Head Chef

I've been with Barchester for 30 years, joining Cheshire Grange when it opened in 2012. I am passionate about cooking and I love my role at Cheshire Grange. One of the best parts of my job is meeting our residents and finding out what their likes and dislikes are - I truly enjoy preparing home-cooked favourites and it's very rewarding to see everyone enjoying chatting over a delicious meal and a glass of wine.

I love to work with the nursing and care teams to ensure that the food is not only tasty but also nutritious. I enjoy the challenge of preparing special diets for anyone who may need to have things done a little differently and strive to ensure all meals are appetizing and presented beautifully. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we can all get together for a big family meal - which is usually cooked by me!

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Carl Marsden

Head of Maintenance

Having worked with Barchester for over 10 years, I was really happy to join Cheshire Grange on opening. As well as my responsibility for the upkeep of the home, I am also the Health & Safety Champion. I thoroughly enjoy my role and take great pride in keeping our home safe and well-maintained. I have a great deal of experience in this area and this has given me a wealth of knowledge that I put to good use for the benefit of everyone at Cheshire Grange.

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Eunice Myers

Head Housekeeper

I've enjoyed working at Cheshire Grange since June 2013 and I was delighted to be appointed as Head Housekeeper in July 2015. I love my job and have a great team working alongside me. Along with my team, I take great pride in maintaining the highest standards for Cheshire Grange.

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