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:

Colleen Bennett

General Manager

Hi, my name is Colleen, and I am the general manager here at Lancaster Grange. Welcome to our website!

I have been a registered manager in several homes across the UK and have managed services in the NHS, prior to moving to the independent sector in 2003. I continue to maintain my NMC registration of over 30 years and remain up-to-date in clinical practice.

My passion is for getting the detail right so that every good experience can be great, and I have chosen to move to Barchester because of the energy and enthusiasm that I have seen across the team.

Here at Lancaster Grange, my team and I are dedicated to providing the best person-centered experience possible, by engaging with each individual to respect their views and wishes.

Chris Trueman

Head of Residential

Hi my name is Chris, when I was at school I wanted to become a Hairdresser. I was sent to Balderton Hospital to do my work experience and loved it, so started my career in care.

I worked as a Cadet Nurse straight from school and then went on to do my RHN training at Rauceby Hospital. I took my final exam, and then took a career break to raise my family. On returning to the work place I got a job as a Carer and worked in the evenings and weekends.

I went on to work as a senior carer in a couple of Newark Homes in Newark, 15 years at Beaumont House and finally came to Lancaster Grange as a Senior Carer. Over 5 years ago and I’m now honoured to be Head of Residential.

I love my job and the team I work with. Every day is so rewarding.

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Debbie Bullard

Administrator

I joined Lancaster Grange in May 2019, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge in accounting and HR. I first started my career in the manufacturing industry and then moved into financial services, working with pensions and HR issues. I am privileged to work for an amazing team here at Lancaster Grange, and I am always here to help.

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Charlotte Widdison

Charlotte Widdison

Activities Coordinator

I have worked at Lancaster Grange since 2014. I started my journey working in the kitchen and as a Hostess, and I found myself interacting and wanting to spend more time with the residents in the home, which spurred me on to apply for a role on our activities team – and I feel that I have found my passion in life!

I was named as a Divisional Winner at the 2017 Barchester Care Awards in the 'Activities Coordinator of the Year' category, and I can honestly say I enjoy every day working here, knowing that I am making a difference to residents' lives. 

I always endeavor to provide a varied and exciting activities programme, and pride myself on meeting each and every person's needs. I have a fabulous group of volunteers behind me, who offer their help with one-to-one sessions, befriending groups and trips out.

I have great relationships with our 2 sister homes and we often visit each other for coffee morning and other events. 

I have 2 great assistants on the team and their input and hard work just proves how much we are all dedicated to making residents' lives meaningful.

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Dan Brett

Dan Brett

Head Chef

Dan has been part of the team at Lancaster Grange since we opened. He very quickly showed his style and expertise with food, which resulted in him being promoted to Chef Manager. Since his promotion, visitors to the home have complimented it on its cuisine, with many returning to sample the canapés and cakes that we have now developed a reputation for!

Having worked previously in hotels and restaurants, this is Dan's first experience in the care sector; the fresh ingredients used and the standard of food expected was a pleasant surprise to him.

His interests include making furniture, interior design and, as you would expect... baking!

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Nick Allen

Nick Allen

Maintenance Manager

I have worked at Lancaster Grange since we opened in September 2013. I started here as a Maintenance Assistant and was promoted to Maintenance Manager after two years. I really love my job and I’m lucky to be working with such a great team. 

Nikki Hade

Nikki Hade

Head of Housekeeping

Nikki has been a housekeeper for three years and a head housekeeper for two. She joined the team in June 2013, so has seen the home completed, playing a significant part in the ‘fit out’ and preparations for our VIP opening. Nikki has elevated her department to a centre of excellence, training new housekeeping recruits for our region in Barchester. Her lovely family join in many of our social events as part of the Lancaster Grange family, which consists of residents, relatives and staff with their own families. Nikki has unbelievably just become a grandmother for the 4th time!

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Tonya Cairns

Tonya Cairns

Senior Nurse

I studied at Nottingham University School of Nursing, where I graduated in January 2012. My first placement was at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, where I stayed for two years & gained some great experience. I then took a position in a care home as an RGN and, in 2015, I started at Lancaster Grange. In 2017, I was promoted to Senior RGN. I love my job and enjoy being part of a great team. 

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