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:

David Garland

General Manager

Hi, my name is David, and I am the General Manager here at Kirkburn Court. 

I have worked in the Care Sector for the past 30 years, in a varied range of positions. I started as a Care Assistant in 1986 and have been involved in management of care home services the past 9 years. I joined Barchester Healthcare, here at Kirkburn Court, in June 2015 and the warm welcome from the residents, their families and staff have helped me settle very well into life here as General Manager. I enjoy ensuring that residents and staff are well supported within the daily life of the home.

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Gwen Smith

Deputy Manager

Gwen manages delivery of care to residents in the Elderly Frail Unit and has been with us since 2007. 

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Heather Cameron

Head of Unit - Memory Lane

Heather manages the delivery of care to residents in Memory Lane and has worked in the home for 10 years. 

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Claire Burden

Activities Coordinator

I began my career with Barchester in December 2017. Having worked within the teaching profession for the preceding 8 years, I feel that I bring a range of transferable skills to the activities team.

I strongly believe that the provision of activities is about so much more than just structured, planned events – capturing and celebrating the little moments in daily life, such as enjoying a chat and a cup of tea together, are equally as important.

Activities, no matter how big or small, should be at the heart of every home and that individuality should be celebrated. In addition, I feel that activities should take a person-centred approach, which is why I enjoy spending time with the residents and learning about their preferences and their history.

My own interests include football, politics, crafting and drinking tea, and I enjoy nothing better than engaging with residents on these topics! I aim to bring energy, a friendly smile and a willing ear to the home each day.

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Susan Simpson


I started at Kirkburn Court in 1997 as receptionist and after 5 years applied for the Administrator's position and then worked here as an Administrator for 10 years. I then applied for Regional Support Administrator and carried out this role for a further 4 years before returning to Kirkburn Court as the Administrator. I really enjoy spending time with my family and baking with my granddaughter.

Show More

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Diane Bodie

Admin Assistant

Diane is the first smiling face to greet visitors as they come through the door. Diane has worked with us for 12 years now. 

Email us

Your details
Your enquiry

We’ll use your information to contact you about your enquiry.

We understand you don’t have to give your personal details to anyone so we take our responsibility to hold your data incredibly seriously. For further details on we how collect, use and protect your private data, please see our privacy policy.

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

What is the nature of your enquiry

01779 568 668Care Enquiries
01779 471 144 All other calls

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

01779 568 668

All other calls

01779 471 144

Send us an email

Use our online form

Useful downloads

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

Care Home Awards

Our awards

10-60-6 Enhancing dementia care