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:

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Sharon Meaney

Acting General Manager

Hi, my name is Sharen and I am the Acting General Manager here at Friston House.

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Valerie Batten


Val has worked at Friston House for Over 20 years. She has a great deal of financial experience, including dealing with local authorities and the Primary Care Trusts. When an elderly relative is coming into care it can often be a very worrying time dealing with their finances; whilst we cannot give financial advice, we can help guide relatives through the process.

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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Debbie Pardey & Liam Grist

Lifestyle Coordinators

We aim to promote interaction among residents so that their quality of life is not diminished. This is done through good quality, stimulating activities for each individual, taking into consideration personalities, abilities and backgrounds.

It is important to us to ensure that each resident feels significant and we will always try to alleviate feelings of isolation and depression where necessary.

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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

John Ripley

Maintenance Engineer

John is in charge of maintenance here at Friston House – ensuring the smooth running of the home. John works alongside Paul Haylock to make up Friston House’s maintenance team. The maintenance team are responsible for day-to-day repairs around the home & liaise with outside contractors to ensure the home complies with all legislation. John & Paul can often be heard sharing a joke with our residents as they work.

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Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Mary Smith

Head Housekeeper

Mary runs the housekeeping team & is one of Friston House’s longest serving members of staff. Mary maintains the highest standard of cleanliness here at Friston House – overseeing the domestic team & the running of the laundry. Mary also lends a hand at our fundraising events & is always the first on the dance floor at our famous parties. Mary is rarely found without a beaming smile as she goes about her day.

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