Meet the Lanercost House Care Home 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:

Janette Lawrence

General Manager

My name is Janette Lawrence and I am the General Manager here at Lanercost House.

I have many years of nursing and management experience and work hard with my team to provide a kind, caring and comfortable environment for our residents.

We pride ourselves in taking forward the values of Barchester Healthcare when planning the holistic needs of our residents and welcome families to be part of this process.

I operate an open door policy so please feel at ease to call in for a chat with either myself or one of the team if there is anything you would like to discuss.

Catalin Radu

Head of Sycamore Unit

I joined Barchester Healthcare in April 2017. I thoroughly enjoy looking after the Residents and spending time chatting to them and supporting their daily activities of life. I am proud to lead this unit with a whole team approach.

I continue to develop my skills to support our Residents on a day-to-day basis, I enjoy my job and enjoy any training that helps with my continued development that enhances the delivery of great Quality of Care to my Residents within the Home.

Christina Weyman

Head of Unit

I am a kind, caring and compassionate qualifies nurse. I have worked in the NHS hospital for over 20 years. I am currently working for Barchester care home: I have been working in private care for over 10 years. I have both theory and practical experience in dementia care. I want to make a difference by putting theory into practice and helping the residents to enjoy a good quality of life. Residents need their loved ones as part of the support mechanism and as a nurse I respect and value family input and support, and will work together to maintain the quality of care. We hope there will be a cure for dementia soon.

Caroline Wilcox

Staff Nurse

I qualified as a registered general nurse in 1992, and began working in care homes straight away. I have undertaken staff nurse posts as well as working as a registered manager before joining Lanercost in 2005. We have an open door policy here at Lanercost, and I extend a warm invitation for you to visit our home and take a tour to see what we have to offer you or a loved one looking for care.

Layla Utting

Senior Nurse

Hi, my name is Layla and I am the Senior Nurse here at Lanercost House care home. I have worked here at Lanercost House for eight years and I can honestly say I love coming to work and caring for the residents.

Making a difference to our residents is fundamentally the biggest privilege within our role. I am passionate about providing the best practice palliative care, supporting both residents and family during the most difficult of times.

Claire Bonner


I joined the team at Lanercost in 2021 after working at another Barchester home previously. My door is always open if anyone needs to discuss anything – whether that is residents looking to order newspapers, relatives making invoice enquiries or staff to discuss payroll.

Emily Stubbs

Head of Activities

I joined in June 2021 as a Care Assistant and moved on to the Activities Coordinator role in May 2022. I love bringing the joy and fun to the residents, relatives and staff on a daily basis, as well as planning and organising themed days, events and celebrations. I think the activities role is very important for residents' wellbeing.

I am passionate about creative and sensory activities, I love to sing and dance together with residents.

James Hadley

Head Chef

I joined Lanercost House as a Head Chef in September 2022. I have more than 17-years of work experience as a chef. I worked in France, Italy, and Sweden in the hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants. I am passionate about my job and every day I try to bring delicious and varied meals to Lanercost residents. I am a good team player and already built a great relationship, not only with hospitality team, but all the Home`s community. I enjoy being involved in the daily life here at Lanercost House.

Alan Bray

Head of Maintenance

I re-joined Lanercost House in January 2023 after previously being part of the team since 2003. My role is paramount when it comes to our residents, relatives and colleagues, and my responsibilities are to keep the home environment to the highest standards possible, ultimately creating a safe and warm place for residents to live and my colleagues to work.

Becky Lightowler

Administration Assistant

Hi, My name is Becky and I am the administration assistant here at Lanercost. I joined the team at Lanercost House in May 2021 and my role is to provide a friendly face to those who enter the home, along with other administrative duties. The best part of my job is interacting with our lovely residents and relatives, always being ready to make a pot of tea for residents and their visitors.

Joy Laws

Physiotherapy Assistant

My name is Joy and I started working for Barchester in 1994 as a Care Assistant and eventually took on the position of Senior Carer. I obtained my NVQ Level 2 & 3 in Health and Social Care and an opportunity arose to move into a Physiotherapy Assistant role, which really appealed to me, as I feel it gives me hands-on experience and allows me lots of one-to-one time with residents.