Meet the Herne Place Care Home team

Each member of our team are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. 

Judith Knight

General Manager

Hi, my name is Judith, and I am the General Manager here at Herne Place. Welcome to our website!

I have worked in the healthcare sector since 2009, in both nursing and residential care, particularly in Dementia services.  My roles have been as a General Manager and also as an Operations and Regional Manager. Prior to healthcare I had a long management career in the retail sector with Sainsbury’s.

I am a motivated person who is caring, and dedicated to my team and residents, with a desire to always deliver excellence that makes a real difference to the quality of life for residents and their families.

I am looking forward to opening Herne Place and making it a success within the local community.

I am proud of all my achievements in life.  Recently I was a finalist for the Great British Care Awards 2019, for Employee of the year, nominated by my management team.

Along with my team, I look forward to welcoming you to Herne Place.


Sophie Betts

Deputy Manager

I have worked in the health care sector since 2008, in nursing, residential and dementia care settings. My previous roles have included a carer, receptionist, customer care and marketing. My whole working career has been based in the care services, which I am passionate about.

I am dedicated to delivering an excellent service which can enhance the quality of life for residents, families and friends.   

I look forward to being a part of the team at Herne Place and enabling the staff team to deliver outstanding care.

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Sam Bright

Home Services Advisor

I joined Barchester in November 2019, but I have worked in administration and sales & marketing since 2011. Herne Place will be the third home I have had the privilege of being part of from the very beginning of their journey.

I will be the first point of contact should you wish for yourself or your loved one to come and stay at Herne Place, and I understand how much of an emotional and difficult choice moving into a care home can. My role is to support and guide residents and their families through each step of the way, ensuring that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, an I am looking forward to welcoming my first grandchild into the world in May.

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Lucy Ball


I have worked in healthcare administration for many years now, and am excited to have joined the team at Barchester's Herne Bay. I began working in care homes in the late nineties, working on the weekends as a domestic assistant during school, and working in different parts of the home. I found my passion in administration and went on to become a regional administrator before detouring for a few years to set up a family business. More recently, I have worked in London in private outpatient clinics as a Practice Manager. I have worked on 2 new build projects previously and I enjoy being part of the early growth of the homes.

I am passionate about providing the backbone of support to enable care staff to deliver outstanding care. I also have a keen interest in technological developments in healthcare. Outside of work, I enjoy cycling, spending time with family and friends, and films.

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