Meet the 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:

Rachael Watson

General Manager

Hello, my name is Rachael, and I am the General Manager here at Dovedale Court. Welcome to our website!

I have worked in the care sector for over 20 years, working my way up from a Carer all the way to General Manager, and I have managed care homes since 2010.

I'm an RMN and extremely passionate about elderly care – especially those living with dementia. I am a hands-on manager, promoting and expecting high standards of care for those we support.

I'm approachable and always have time to chat with residents, staff and visitors.

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Susan Carroll


Susan is responsible for the administrative aspects of running the home and joined Dovedale in 2011. Susan has helped so many of our relatives in their search for a suitable home for their loved one and the mine field that can feel so confusing when trying to arrange for payment of fees. She welcomes visitors to the home, and is always happy to help residents and their families.

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Katie Kearsley

Activities Coordinator

I started work at Dovedale in April 2016. I have a background in care and love working with people with dementia, which is why I became an Activities Coordinator; I want the residents to be able to enjoy life to the best of their abilities. I like to learn about residents' passions and try my best to implement them some way into our activities programme.

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Sarah Fryer

Head Housekeeper

I have worked at Dovedale Court since May 2014 as a Domestic Assistant and was promoted to Head Housekeeper in February 2016. I have years of experience in housekeeping, but have never worked in a care home before starting at Dovedale. I worked for many years at a solicitors and then worked at Old Holly Farm as the Deputy Manager before I started here.

I love working at Dovedale and have enjoyed spending time getting to know the residents here and learning more about people living with dementia. I strive with my team to make the home look as good as it can to ensure that the residents enjoy living in a clean environment.

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Peter Flemming

Maintenance Manager

My Name is Peter Flemming, I Joined Barchester in 2014, before working here I have never worked in a care setting before. I have learnt so much in the two years that I have been here.

I have 15 years working within the building trade, being my first time I have worked in this setting I am looking forward to this new challenge, the experience I have gained I hope will reflect in the work I do here at Dovedale.

I look forward to working hard in the team here at Dovedale and improving and making a difference in the experience of the Residents who live here.

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Susan Kearns

Head of Care - Memory Lane

I’m Susan and I have worked for Barchester since 2008, I first started at Sherwood Court as a care assistant, where I then progressed and became a Senior Carer, I moved to Dovedale Court in 2010 as a Senior Carer also, but applied for the Head Of Care on Memory Lane position which I was given and since have been working hard alongside Mark Neal (Deputy Manager) and the staff team on the Memory Lane Community. I enjoy my job and love the fact that the hard work we do on a daily basis impacts the residents Lived experience hugely, I look forward to carrying on working hard here on Memory Lane.

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