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, and I am looking forward to welcoming my first grandchild into the world in May.

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Emma Hopkins


I have worked in the healthcare sector since 2016 in occupational health and, most recently, as a HR Assistant for a care charity supporting adults and children with disabilities. I really enjoy working in administration and support type roles where I can work in a team and feel like I am making a difference. 

These are exciting times for Barchester, and I enjoy being part of a new home within my local community. Part of my role is to welcome residents and visitors into the home on a daily basis, and I look forward to meeting you all.

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Rachel Harrison


I have previously worked in the care sector for over 6 years.I have an NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Health & Social Care, and a diploma in Dementia Care.

Prior to healthcare, I had a long management career in the travel sector.

I love spending time socialising with my family and friends, cooking and photography.

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Kirsty Heath

Activities Coordinator

I have been an Activities Coordinator since September 2017. It is a position I am very passionate about. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Level 2 Certificate in the Principals of Dementia.

My ambition in life is to bring joy and excitement to people’s lives and make them feel valued. I get to do that in my role all day every day.

My personal interests consist of photography, dance, swimming, yoga, going to the cinema and long woodland walks. 

I have been described as quirky and loyal with a good sense of humour which is reflected in my activities and my resident’s smiles.

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Roger Heathcote

Head Chef

I have been a chef since 2009, having worked in many different cooking sectors, from pubs, care homes and fine dining. I am passionate about my job and enjoy seeing the residents eat the food I have prepared and cooked. I enjoy interacting with the residents and spending time chatting with them.

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Lester Tennyson

Maintenance Manager

I have worked in care homes for approximately 10 years, but have been linked to the building industry for more years than I care to remember.

I enjoy interacting with the residents and making a difference to their lives.

Julie Randall

Head of Housekeeping

I was part of the opening team for Herne Place and have been a Head Housekeeper for over 20 years in different 4* hotels and country houses.

I am responsible for working with my team of housekeeping assistants to ensure the high standards of cleanliness within the home and the laundry are met.

I enjoy interacting with the residents and involving them with different activities whilst creating a comfortable, clean and homely environment with a family orientated feel.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01227 934 187

All other calls

01227 744 588

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

Useful downloads

Here to help you make the right decision about your care requirements.

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