Meet the Derham 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:

Crina Lee

General Manager

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

I qualified as a Nurse in 2003 and I have been working in the care sector for many years, gaining experience as Clinical Lead and Deputy Manager in various care settings.

I am proud to be leading the excellent team here. My vision for Derham House is for it to be a vibrant home for our residents, providing exceptional care and a welcoming environment. We will make sure residents are happy, safe and cared for like family.

I will always have time to chat about our home so please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.

Elena Costache

Deputy Manager

My name is Elena Costache and I started working at Derham House in May but have worked for Barchester for a number of years. I consider working at Derham House as a huge privilege as I have the opportunity to care for the elderly with respect integrity and overall passion. I am proud that the families are trusting us to look after their loved ones and we are always aiming to do our very best. This is a lovely friendly and happy home with great family atmosphere.

Ritica Radulescu

Registered General Nurse

My name is Ritica, I am a Registered General Nurse at Derham House.

I joined Derham house in July 2021, and I have worked for Barchester since 2014. My role is to ensure that all residents are provided with the best possible care.  My goal is to promote wellness and quality care for residents, focusing on dignity, respect and choice.

Patience Katsande

Registered Nurse

My name is Patience and I qualified with a diploma in 2004. I worked on the Channel Islands for 14 years on dementia & rehabilitation wards. I progressed through my professional practice attaining a clinical practice degree at the University of Southampton. I joined Barchester in 2019 working as a senior nurse on our memory lane community.  I not only enjoy my responsibilities but I work to make a difference in other people’s lives. Nursing is a part of me not just a job and I am fortunate to be able to do something I love every day.

Jacky Smith


I joined Derham House in April 2021. I experience working in care homes, and I was fortunate to meet a lot of movie and TV stars. I am very much a people person; I am very sociable and approachable. 

Maria Wells

Activities Coordinator

I have been at Derham House since 2014 and have subsequently gained a lot of experience and knowledge in the care sector. 

Working here has been a wonderful experience; the staff are very welcoming.

My previous roles have included a Care Assistant, but I am now an Activities Coordinator – a position that I fully enjoy. I love spending time with residents and ensuring that they are happy.

Kay Thompson

Activities Coordinator

I have worked in the care sector for many years. I am fully trained in dementia awareness, and I have also trained as a dignity champion. I have been working here at Derham House since March 2019, and I am really enjoying my role here.

Andy Fillary

Head of Maintenance

I joined the team in 2018 and, since then, I have also taken on the role of Health & Safety Champion. It is my duty to keep the building in good repair and ensure everyone’s safety.

Derham House is a lovely home with beautiful scenery, and everyone who visits us is guaranteed a warm and welcoming hello. I take great pride in our wonderful gardens and I ensure that our home is kept to a very high standard.

I’m here to help in any way I can, and will always make time for a quick chat.

Saida Stepanaviciene

Head of Housekeeping

Saida has worked at Derham House from 2007.  She started as Housekeeping Assistant and now she manages the department. Thanks to Saida and her team of ladies in pink, Derham House is proud of its reputation for cleanliness. Saida appreciates how important the home environment is for residents and her team make a wonderful effort everyday.

Kerri Ward

Admin Assistant

Hi my name is Kerrie and I started working at Derham House in November 2021.  I have previously worked as a carer and loved spending time with the residents.  I am really enjoy working in an environment where I feel part of a team who go out of their way to help our residents and families in any way we can.

Buki Thomas

Care Practitioner

Hello, my name is Buki and I consider myself very fotunate to work in such a wonderful care setting.

I love my job and I love supporting our residents in their day to day lives.

My favourite thing is seeing our residents smile - it shows me that I have done my job well.  

Idris Bangbala


Hi, my name is Idris and I am one of the Carers here at Derham House.

I became a Carer because there is nothing more rewarding than making a positive impact on someone's life and improving their happiness. Since working at Derham House I have enjoyed being part of this great team and getting to know the residents, I love putting a smile on their faces each day.

My family is very important to me and I want the families of each resident to know that I am caring for their loved one in the way that I would want my family cared for.