Meet the Lawton Manor 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:

Rebecca Whitehouse

General Manager

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am General Manager at Lawton Manor. Welcome to our website!  

Thank you for taking the time to look further into what we have to offer to you or your loved one. Here is an opportunity to look at some of our staff team in the home, who all play a vital role in day-to-day life.

I have worked within the health and social care sector since 2008 in a variety of roles and services all over Central England.  My passion has always been older peoples care I feel that the older generation have such a wealth of life experience and knowledge they can pass onto us that means every day I learn something new in my role.   I started my career in care as a carer and have worked my way up to then work within a variety of management roles within the sector including home management / commissioning manager / regional support manager /regional manager in both residential and nursing settings.

I am passionate about making a difference to the people who live with us and feel I am in a very privileged role to be able to do this and I am also passionate about working with teams to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge to make them the best they can be.


Donna Ganaden

Deputy Manager

Donna is our Deputy Manager here at Lawton Manor. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and was delighted to have been awarded a 20 year Long Service award by Barchester Healthcare in 2022.

Donna likes nursing because it’s a profession that never stops giving. You learn new things every day, and the opportunity for growth is almost unlimited. She feels so good inside when she sees improvement in residents and also when giving emotional support to their family members. Donna also said it actually gives her inner peace that she's able to help somebody.

Donna feels extremely privileged within her career so far to work with the incredible team at Lawton Manor.

Florence Kangwa

Registered General Nurse

This is Flo and she has been a Nurse at Lawton Manor since 2015. Flo loves and values her job because she makes a difference, particularly when our residents are happier and give her a smile. In her words, it is the best payment and reward she could ask for, and she will treasure such memories always.

When Flo is off duty, she likes to attend her church meeting which is in line with the care of others that she does every day. To treat people respectively is her biggest value.

Joanne Wood

Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities

Jo qualified as an RNLD in 1989, and has worked with us at Lawton Manor since 2010. She enjoys delivering person-centred care to residents, and feels her career experience enables her to deliver the best nursing care to residents with complex issues and all disabilities. Outside of work, Jo likes to keep fit by running, and she belongs to a Tap Dance Group and has performed at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre!

Liz Maxwell

Home Administrator

This is Liz and she has worked at “The Manor” since 2010. She started as Activities Co-ordinator and is now our wonderful Home Administrator. Liz is responsible for ensuring all contracts are in place for the people we support and all the staff too. She is in charge of invoicing, payroll, purchases and takes great care of our numbers game in the home.

Liz has an open door policy and is most happy to speak with families, residents and staff that need support in the day. Outside of work, Liz likes to take trips to the farm in Anglesey with her family where they visit the beach. She also loves being a foodie, as she enjoys going to restaurants.

Chloe Cameron

Activities Coordinator

This is Chloe and she is our Activities Coordinator here at Lawton Manor. Her job is to physically and mentally stimulate our residents by offering a range of activities for them to enjoy. She wants to get everyone involved and make our home community and atmosphere as positive and welcoming as possible.

Making sure that our residents have things to do that they really enjoy doing is something that Chloe holds very close to her heart. It is so important to make sure that they are happy and enjoy all of the activities and events that we host for them. A lot of our residents also enjoy our special trips out on our Minibus as we create new, special memories together.

Nick Mason

Head Chef

Nick has been a professional chef for many years before he started cooking up a storm here at Lawton Manor. He has worked in a Michelin star restaurant in London and in restaurants all over Europe.

Nick feels honoured to be a Chef in service to the older generation who he says, have done so much for us throughout their lives.

He’s very passionate about good quality and seasonal produce, and you can always rely on there being something exciting on our menu or a delicious snack in our bistro, courtesy of Nick.

James Turner

Head of Maintenance

Over the years that James has worked at Lawton Manor, most of all he loves the interaction and variety his role provides, and feels privileged to be able to make a difference in people’s lives by ensuring their home is maintained and presented to a high standard.

Prior to joining the Lawton Manor team, James worked as Head Maintenance for the NHS in a local hospital.


Deborah Pickering

Head of Housekeeping

Deborah has worked at Lawton Manor since 2012, and has been Head of Housekeeping since 2021. She absolutely loves her job, as she loves the atmosphere and environment of Lawton Manor.

Deborah is such an integral part of our team and so supportive - we're lucky to have her. She is responsible for making sure rooms are always looking good and feeling comfortable for our residents, as well as setting up rooms for new residents and the general cleanliness of our home.

When asked what she enjoys about her job, Deborah answered: "I love the vibe of our home, and generally making people happy. I love the bones of the team here, and especially the residents. As the Housekeeping Team, we're involved in residents' day to day life as much as the care team are, and I can never say no to them so I'm wrapped around their finger! We have such a good team, I'm proud to be a part of it."

Julie Buckley


With years of service behind her at Lawton Manor, most of all Julie loves the interaction with residents. Julie started working with us in 2006, and her role is to support colleagues and staff members daily, especially so when meeting and greeting residents' relatives, families and their friends.

In her spare time Julie likes to be with her family and friends. She really enjoys going away on mini breaks for a bit of retail therapy and loves eating out in restaurants with her husband.

Lydia Stringer

Care Home Assistant Practitioner

Lydia has worked at Lawton Manor since 2013 when she started as Healthcare Assistant.  Lydia was quickly promoted to the position of “In House Trainer for Carers” before becoming a Senior Carer. Lydia has always worked very hard and qualified as a Care Home Practitioner in 2021.

In her spare time Lydia enjoys cooking various cuisine including Chinese dishes and Curries from different Nations using her own blends of herbs and spices.

Sam Watkins

Care Home Assistant Practitioner

Sam started his career at Lawton Manor in 2009 as a Kitchen Assistant. Taking an interest in the care side of our home, Sam has since worked his way up to Care Home Assistant Practitioner and is thoroughly enjoying his role as he feels there is a sense of achievement every day.

Sam spends his free time with his family as he is a doting dad and is a huge Star Wars and Marvel fan.

Beth Jackson

Activities Assistant

Beth started at working as an Activities Assistant at Lawton Manor in 2022.

Beth works really well with residents, relatives and colleagues. Her lovely nature shines and she is always eager to learn new skills within the home.

Beth has previously worked as a waitress and uses her hospitality skills within the home to everyone's benefit.

Amy Gibson

Activities Assistant

Amy started working at Lawton Manor in 2011 as Activities Assistant supporting residents with the home's daily Life Enrichment programme.

Amy is an active member of the home's local community with links to the local church and Mother's Union. Amy also has a passion for crafting and makes beautiful cards for all occasions.

Plamen Geshev

Maintenance Assistant

Plamen is our Maintenance Assistant at Lawton Manor, and is always around to offer a helping hand. No job is too big or too small - whatever he can do to support the team and residents he absolutely will.

Plamen works closely with James, our Head of Maintenance and no day is ever the same. He really enjoys his job and takes great pride in making sure residents' rooms and the home in general are snag free and looking great always.

Diane Lawson

Laundry Assistant

Diane started working at Lawton Manor in 2006 and is a member of the Housekeeping Team and Laundry Department. She enjoys the fast pace of the home and loves to chat with the residents when delivering freshly laundered linen back to residents' rooms. There's always something to chat about or help with and it's the highlight of her day. 

In her spare time, Diane loves to read and go for walks. In the summer you'll find her in the garden, and in the winter she loves to spend her time knitting.

Michelle Rowley


This is Michelle and she has been a member of the Housekeeping Team at Lawton Manor since 2017. In Michelle's words, she loves the atmosphere our home has, there's always something going on and everyone is always happy. 

We have a great team here and being involved with the residents' everyday lives is something special.

Yvonne Seddon


Yvonne has worked at Lawton Manor since 2015, and just loves everything about her job. In her words, being with the residents every day is so much fun. In 2022, Yvonne was our Divisional Winner in the Barchester Care Awards for Hospitality of the Year, which is something she's incredibly proud of and is testament to how much she loves her job! She can't imagine doing anything else.