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:

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John Dragu

General Manager

Hi, my name is John and I am the General Manager here at Derham House. I hope you find what you're looking for on our website.

I’m a Registered Nurse and I achieved a Diploma in Management through the Institute of Leadership & Management in 2011.

I have been working in the private sector for over 10 years and, based on my knowledge and expertise, as a General Manager, together with my team, my role is to ensure that we deliver high quality, individualized care to those we support.


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Crina Lee

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Crina Lee and I am the Deputy Manager here at Derham House. I qualified as a General Nurse in 2003 and I have been working in the private sector for over four years gaining experience as Clinical Lead as a Deputy Manager.

I am proud to be part of a hard working team here at Derham House. Our aim is to make sure residents are happy, safe and well-looked after.

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Elena Costache

Head of Memory Lane

I am proud to be a nurse because nothing is more gratifying than the simple power of touch; a calming tone from your voice, a silent moment, or a kind word... they all bring peace, thoughtfulness and healing to those we support.

I have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years. I started working for Derham House in 2015 as a Nurse and became Head of Memory Lane in June 2017.

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Cristina Cioban

Head of Unit

My name is Cristina Cioban and I am a Head of Unit here at Derham House. I qualified as an RGN in 2009 and I've been working for Barchester since 2014.

I recently joined Derham House in 2017 and I enjoy being part of a hard working team. Since my first day, I was made to feel welcome by everyone. My aim is to deliver the best level of care for those we support.

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Victoria Nevard


Before Barchester, I was a receptionist at a 120 bed care home for another care provider. I have over four years of experience within the healthcare sector in such roles as kitchen assistant, healthcare assistant and, of course, receptionist.

I really appreciate the core values of Barchester; t they have a sector leading employee recognition programme, recognising all staff who work hard, allowing staff to share the success of the business. This is something I have never come across before in previous companies I have worked for.

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Terry Chaplin

Activities Coordinator

I started working for Derham House in 2011 as a Healthcare Assistant. I had a break from care when I trained as a beauty therapist and returned to the home two and a half years later as an in-house Beautician.

My role was extended to Activities Coordinator in mid-2017, and it is now my responsibility to ensure that residents make the most out of their time at Derham House.

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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.

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Annie Pollock


Hi, my name is Annie and I am the Receptionist here at Derham House.

I have lots of experience in the care sector and started at Derham House in November 2017.

I am enjoying working at Derham House, as we have a great team who are very friendly and welcoming.

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Robyn Barnes

Administrative Assistant

I have worked for Barchester since 2008. I started work as a Care Assistant where I formed great relationships with Residents and their families’ aswell as our excellent staff. Since taking on the Administrative Assistant position in 2010 I feel that my love for Derham House has grown, and I enjoy being a part of a well established team in beautiful surroundings. My responsibilities include assisting the Home Administrator and General Manager with the day to day running of the Admin and front of house departments. When I am away from work I enjoy spending time with my two young daughters. 

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Gary Taylor

Head of Maintenence

I began working at Derham House as a Gardener/Maintenance Assistant in 2011; I became the Head of Maintenance here in 2013. My main responsibility is to keep the home in full working condition and in compliance with Barchester policies.

Families often rely on me to help them personalise residents' rooms by putting up pictures and shelves. You will often see me burrowing around in my shed preparing for my next job. Sometimes I go unnoticed whilst I'm tweaking the home into fine tune. In my spare time, I'm a keen gardener, and I love to help out with the Barchester in Bloom competitions. 

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Saida Zakaraviraite

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 appreciated how important the home environment is for our residents and her team make a wonderful effort everyday.

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