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:

Wendy Carruthers

Senior General Manager

Welcome to Lanercost House Care Home, my name is Wendy and I am the Senior General Manager here.

On leaving school I started work as a receptionist in a local hotel, over the coming years I was fortunate to receive training from a fantastic manager and role model this enabled me to achieve a management position in several hotels locally and in the highlands and then ran my own hotel for several years before starting a family.

I joined Lochduhar Care Home (another Barchester Care Home) in 1994, my role then was the Administrator. After the first few years I was offered the chance to take on extra responsibility and became a Regional Adminstrator in Scotland, thereafter returning to Lochduhar full time and was promoted  to Assistant Manager, Acting Manager and in 2008 General Manager.

During that time I have gained my Management qualification & Level 4 in Health & Social Studies.

I enjoy working with the elderly and also the day to day diversity of my role. I believe in team work and providing a high quality of care to our residents creating and promoting a happy living and working environment. 

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Caroline Wilcox

Deputy Manager

Caroline Wilcox is Head of our Elderly Frail Services, she qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1992, and began working in care homes post qualifying. She had undertaken staff nurse posts as well as working as a Registered Manager, but now prefers her hands on role as Head of Unit at Lanercost which she was promoted to in 2012 after starting at Lanercost in 2005.

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Keighley Carruthers

Head of Unit

Keighley has worked as a Registered Nurse with us for a few years and, after briefly leaving to join the NHS, she returned to us to take in the role of Head of Unit. We are all confident she will do a fantastic job and are appreciative she is part of our team.

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Stuart King

Head of Carlyle Suite

My name is Stuart and I am the Head of Unit for the Carlyle Suite here at Lanercost House. Our suite provides specialist care for 15 residents living with dementia who require complex care and support.

I qualified in Glasgow as a Registered Nurse for Mental Health in 1989 and I have been very lucky to have been with Barchester since January 2017.

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Laura Atkinson


Hi, my name is Laura, and I am the Administrator here at Lanercost House.

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June Terry

Activities Coordinator

June has many years of experience in the care sector. She was a Carer for her late husband, who had multiple sclerosis and recently to her mother, who lives with Alzheimer's.

June hopes to bring her diverse experiences to this role and engage residents with bespoke activities.

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David Graham

Head Chef

Hi, my name is David and I am the Head Chef here at Lanercost House

I am a chef with many years of experience, catering for the elderly frail and residents with dementia. I strive to make sure that each resident has a say in what appears on our menus and that our food is cooked in a traditional homely manner. 

I have additional qualifications in nutrition, so catering for specialist diets is no problem; in fact, it is a pleasure. 

I have a background in baking, so you will always get something of a treat with your cuppa on a visit! I look forward to seeing you soon!

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Helen Stevenson

Head Housekeeper

Helen started working for us as a Domestic Assistant. After witnessing her potential, work ethic and attention to detail, she was promoted to Head Housekeeper.

Helen always has a positive attitude and nothing is too much effort for her. She goes above and beyond in her role every day.

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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.

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Alan Bray

Head of Maintenance

Alan Bray is our Head of Maintenance here at Lanercost. Alan has worked for Barchester since leaving school, and became Head of Maintenance at Lanercost in 2009. Alan is dedicate to ensuring our residents have a high standard of environment in which to reside at Lanercost. 

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