Meet the Denmead Grange Care Home Team

From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:

Abbie Johnston

General Manager

Hi, my name is Abbie and I am the General Manager here at Denmead Grange. Welcome to our website!

I have worked in the care sector since 2012. I have progressed from Activities Coordinator through to Senior Carer, and then became a Deputy Manager in 2018. I was invited to join Barchester Healthcare in October 2019 as the Deputy Manager for this beautiful care home. I am passionate about being involved in the delivery of high quality care for our seniors. I have always found working in care extremely rewarding and I am very excited to lead the team here at Denmead Grange.

Emma Hicks

Deputy Manager

Hello, my name is Emma and I'm the Deputy Manager here at Denmead Grange Care Home. I have worked in Health and Social care for 19 years and I have always been passionate about supporting the Elderly within the community. I work closely with the General Manager and take leadership in their absence. I am very proud to be part of Denmead Grange and Lead a team to deliver the highest level of quality care to our residents.

My previous job was working with the Local District nursing team and I have been visiting Denmead Grange since it opened.

Trevor Jones

Operational Trainer

I have been with Barchester since 2012, starting off as a carer, but I have 20 years’ experience in training and assessing and was also in the Royal Navy. I find my job very rewarding when I see the great care going on in my homes and assisting staff in developing their careers.

Lisa Harris

Activities Coordinator

Being Head of life Enrichment isn’t just a job, it’s a passion.

My time with the residents has and will always be an honour and pleasure.

Finding out their interests and hobbies, so I can tailor the weekly planner is such a great thing to do, as this means lots of chats over a good cuppa! But it also means that I can get to know them personally and get to understand a part of their past, so I can continue to help them experience their interests in this next phase of their lives.

A truly rewarding role, where I can be part of and contribute to something meaningful. All I hope for, is to make this journey for both the residents and their families, as restful, easy and enjoyable as possible. Then I know I’ve done my part.

Craig Burgess

Head Chef

Hello, my name is Craig and I am the Head Chef at Denmead Grange Care Home.  I create an outstanding daily menu and  tailor these menus around residents and ensure I deliver a person centred hospitality.

I work with fresh produce to deliver high quality and wholesome dishes cooked at the highest quality and standards to create a warm, efficient and fun environment in our residents home.

John Hussey

Head of Maintenance

I have been in the construction industry for over 15 years and the last 5 are in maintenance in a care home.

I love how no two days are the same in my job.

I enjoy keeping Denmead in tip-top condition and interacting with residents and staff.

Sharon Godley

Head of Housekeeping

Hello, my name is Sharon and I'm the Head of Housekeeping here at Denmead Grange. I work with my fabulous housekeeping and laundry team to ensure our home is of a high cleanliness standard for our residents.

Susan Kureishy

Administration Manager

I'm Susan and I'm the Administration Manager here at Denmead Grange. I started my career with Barchester in 2007. I have moved to Denmead Grange after spending many years at our sister home on Hayling Island.

Lou Kneller

Senior Carer / Well Being Champion / Dementia Champion

I have been working in care for 17 years and in 2022 I came to Denmead Grange.

I find care a rewarding career and love how each resident gets treated with respect and dignity.

Seb Deborde

Senior Carer

I have been working in care for 15 years. Previously I worked with adults with learning disabilities. I love working at Denmead being with the elderly and learning about their life stories. I also love the diversity of each day.

Cathy Kennealy

Honorary Activities Assistant

Cathy used to work at Sinah Warren a local holiday camp, and since coming to Denmead Grange in 2020 she has taken an interest in helping with all activities and is our tour guide when we go out in the minibus, especially when take a trip to Hayling Island where she lived for many years.

Cathy helps with the daily activities helping to organise and then participating in them, she is an invaluable asset to the team

Charlene Lees


Charlene visits us in our salon twice a week. Her cheery manor lifts our residents spirits before she has even worked her magic. Every resident leaves the salon looking a million dollars.