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. 

Hadrian Rodriguez

General Manager

Hi, my name is Hadrian, and I am the General Manager. Welcome to our website!

I am extremely passionate about the care we provide to our resident's here at Herne Place, as well as their loved ones.  We deliver dedicated person-centred care within a luxury environment and ensure that every opportunity to 'celebrate life' is taken with both hands here

From our personalised life enrichment, to restaurant style dining - we are here to meet our resident's every need

I am a dedicated nurse, with experience in a variety of settings and have followed my heart into Care Homes after caring for my Grandmother, many years ago 

I look forward to welcoming you to our home for a cup of tea and a slice of home made cake!


Hayley Ellis

Deputy Manager

My role is to support and work with the General Manager. I have been employed by Barchester for since 2013 and moved from another home in 2021.

I have worked in the care sector for many years, working my way through various roles and gaining a wide range of knowledge.

I genuinely care about the residents in the home. My aim is to ensure expected out comes are met in the most positive ways.

I have built good relationships with residents, families, staff and other healthcare professionals, ensuring our residents receive a high standard of care. 

Kelly Meilling

Community Lead

I have worked in care of five years and I find it very rewarding. I have worked my way up from Healthcare Assistant to Community Lead at Herne Place.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching a good fil, box set or reading.

As a Community Lead, I have a wide range of tasks throughout the day from supporting and overseeing the carers; as well as ensuring residents’ dignity and independence are maintained at all times. This also includes clinical responsibilities such as managing medications and speaking to healthcare professionals.

I am very passionate about my job, maintaining our residents’ wellbeing. The role requires me to be hands on professional and make certain person centred care is delivered.

Kelly Aves


Hi My Names Kelly Aves I am South London born and moved to Herne Bay in 2009 to be closer to my parents.

I joined Herne Place care home as the Home Administrator since May 2023 after working within the NHS for 16 + years, as a Practice Manger/Finance Manager for Saddleton Road & Seasalter Surgery, then as the Estates Manager for Whitstable Medical Practice when the two practices merged in 2018.

I have done mixed martial arts since I was 3, studying Karate, Kick Boxing & Muay Thai. I enjoy a variety of different activities such as dance, cooking and arts & crafts with my children.

My role within Herne Place is a varied one as I deal with all home administration, payroll and a wide range of other duties, I support all teams within the home and not one day is the same. My role brings me close to my community and I love my day to day interaction with every single resident within the home.

I look forward to many more years within the home.

Sophie Glasgow

Activities Coordinator

My name is Sophie, I am the Activities Coordinator here at Herne Place Care Home. It is my duty to ensure all residents feel happy and content. I love my job because I enjoy seeing our residents smiling and having fun on a daily basis.

I enjoy getting to know all of our residents on a one-to-one basis and in a group setting. This allows me to get to know their hobbies and ambitions as individuals, and fulfil these with life enriching activities they appreciate and will benefit from.

Ian Law

Head Chef

After leaving the army in 2005 I started my catering journey working in local restaurants around Thanet, ranging from beach front venues and wedding venues including Quex park, learning quickly French classic dishes and traditional English food. As I improved I was entered into the taste of Kent awards which I won in 2015 and catered for the award ceremony 5 years running.

I was recognised by Tesco stores and was invited to develop some of their shelf ready meals and recipe boxes. After this I was contracted by Fresca Group and Thanet Earth, and was employed in Germany cooking for various vegetable growers and packers bringing fresh fruit and vegetables into the UK from all over the world.

Continuing on my career I was invited by Eddie Irvine to cook for him and his family personally on his yacht at the Monaco grand prix 2023. During this I joined the royal British legion and was the Head Chef at one of their care homes in the local area due to location. I chose Barchester Care Homes as my next challenge in my catering career, and hope to draw from my experiences to deliver the residents and staff delicious classic dishes to satisfy all.

Howard Day

Maintenance Manager

Hi I'm Howard, I am the head of maintenance here at Herne place.

I have previously worked as an engineer installing and repairing fire and security alarms, CCTV and nurse call systems.
I also have 15 years experience in the adult social care industry, where I have a level 5 in leadership and management in health and social care.

My experience and knowledge has lead me to working at Barchester healthcare where I enjoy getting to know the residents while ensuring they live in a happy and safe home.

Karolina Adams

Administrative Assistant

I joined Barchester in September 2023 after 30 years working in London, 27 of which were for an International Bank.

My role as a Receptionist/Administration Assistant at Herne Place brings something new every single day and I thoroughly enjoy the variety.  From greeting our visitors, to getting acquainted with our lovely residents and their families, to helping out with any number of enquiries; an excellent standard of customer service, plus a combination of professional and sincerely dedicated care are essential skills. 

I am responsible for a broad range of admin tasks but it is most definitely the people I have the pleasure to engage with that are first and foremost the most important and rewarding aspect of what I do.   There is a genuinely homely feeling here which I am delighted to be a part of. 

Charlie Hildred

Administrative Assistant

My name is Charlie. I have worked at Herne Place Care Home since July 2023 as an Administrative Assistant.

I have lived in Herne Bay my whole life and enjoy playing football in my spare time. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our lovely residents on a personal level and engaging in daily chat with them, welcoming our residents' families at the front desk.

I’ve really enjoyed working with such a good team which I have gained so much knowledge from. Herne Place is a very homely and friendly place and I look forward to the future here.

Kirstie Lightfoot

Senior Healthcare Assistant

I was born and raised in Canterbury. I started my career in Care with Age UK in Faversham.

I then moved to Herne Bay in 2018 and started my career with Barchester Herne Place in July 2021 as a Healthcare Assistant.

I trained through the Barchester system and progressed to Senior Carer in 2022. I chose Barchester Healthcare as a reputable employer that provided training and opportunities that would develop and increase my skills and ability to provide the best care possible to our residents.

Christine Hillier

Activities Assistant

My name is Chris and I am the Activities Assistant here at Herne Place.  I have worked at Herne Place since July 2021 and love being the residents.

I have lived in Herne Bay most of my life and love being in my garden.

I enjoy my role because I like to make other people happy and seeing the residents happy, makes me happy.

Loreta Liutkute

Housekeeping Assistant

My name is Loreta, and I am a Housekeeping Assistant at Herne Place Care Home.

I have been working in the Home since 2021 and I enjoy all aspects of my job especially interacting with the residents and making them happy.

Seeing the before and after of our cleaning jobs give me a sense of accomplishment, knowing that the work I do builds joy and satisfaction into the lives of our residents which is deeply rewarding.