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:

Sonia Fairhurst

General Manager

Hi, my name is Sonia and I am the General Manager here at Forest Care Centre. I hope you find everything you're looking for on our website.

As the Manager, it is my goal is to ensure that we provide a high standard of care that reflects each individual's needs in a safe and homely environment and that every resident and their loved ones are treated with respect.

I have a number of years' experience working in healthcare as a registered nurse in specialist dementia homes and general nursing and in management positions. I look forward to leading the team in taking the home forward.

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Clive Jones

Clinical Lead

Hi, my name is Clive Jones, and I started working for Forest Care Home in December 2016. I began as an RMN and I have worked on our rehabilitation unit, dementia unit and complex care unit. In 2019, I was promoted to Clinical Lead. I strive every day to provide the best care and facilities for those we support. I work with General Manager and other key members of staff to ensure the smooth running of the home.

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Claire Harrison


Hi, my name is Claire, and I started working at Forest Care Home in October 2018 as the Administrator. I have worked in the care sector for over 10 years, and every day has a different challenge; there is never a dull moment working here. I am always willing to help with any situation that arises and my door is open to everyone, so come and say hello.

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Sue Mumford

Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Sue and I am the Activities Coordinator here at Forest Care Home. I have worked here since 2016, starting as a Senior Carer and then taking on the role of Activities Coordinator. My aim is to create meaningful activities and events that are person-centered, with the aim of stimulating residents both physically and mentally. 

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Carl Brown

Head Chef

Hi my name is Carl Brown, I was appointed Head Chef at Forest Care Centre back in November 2012. My background is hospitality based working for the Police Force at the National Police Training Centre in Hampshire, and later in the Care Industry in the South of England. I have over 30 years experience that I bring to the Dining Experience for each of the residents with menus of classic dishes combined with resident favourites.

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Josh Stevenson

Head of Maintenance

I have worked for Barchester since 2013, starting off as a Carer before moving into the maintenance department – and I am now Head of Maintenance. There is never a dull moment working for Forest Care Home, and there's always plenty of work to do. The staff and residents are like one big family and I get great job satisfaction in repairing, fixing or creating a lovely living environment for those we support.

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Kerry Burrows

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Kerry, and I have worked as a Housekeeper, Laundry Supervisor and, presently, I am the Head Housekeeper. During my time at Forest Care Home, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience. 

I have six members of staff on my team, and we all ensure that our areas of the home are kept to a high standard of cleanliness, so that residents can live in a safe and beautiful environment. We have all built a good relationship with residents and their families, allowing us to feel that we are all part of an even bigger family.

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Tania Bridgeman

Senior Carer

I have worked in Forest Care Home since 2015, and I absolutely love my job! Many residents are living with dementia, and this brings us challenges on a daily basis. I look forward to going to work as it's both rewarding and satisfying. I like to go home at the end of my shift knowing that I have looked after them to the best of my ability.

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Paula Davidson

Senior Carer

Hi, my name is Paula, and I started working for Barchester in August 2014. Every day is completely different here at Forest Care Home, and it is a job that I love. I make sure that the residents' needs are met and always encourage independence and person-centered care.

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Lynette Bell


I joined Forest Care Home as a volunteer in September 2018. I am so pleased to be giving some of my spare time to the staff residents. I am available to drive our minibus to enable residents to join in with community activities and take regular trips out of the home. I understand the needs for meaningful activities and engaging communication.

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