Meet the Mount Vale Care Home Team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:

Trudi Gillespie

General Manager

Hello, I am Trudi, General Manager here at Mount Vale. 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 over 10 years' experience in care and it is the best job in the world! I started my career as a Care Assistant, before being promoted to Deputy Manager at our sister home, Springvale Court and progressing to General Manager at Appletree.  In 2024 joined the team at Mount Vale.

My qualifications include an NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Health & Social Care, Working with Dementia Level 3 and End of Life Care Level 3. I strive to deliver the highest possible care to meet the needs and wishes of everyone I support.

I look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Jo Stokes

Deputy Manager

Hello, my name is Jo, and I am the Deputy Manager at Mount Vale.

I have worked in social care for over 36 years, working in a variety of care settings. I love working at Mount Vale and endeavour to do my utmost for the residents who live here and support the care team to do the same.

Lynne Stubbs

Head of Unit

I began my nursing career in 1988, qualifying in 1991. I have worked in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals across many different areas of nursing.  I have been at Mount vale for 10 years and I love my role of ‘Head of Unit’ on the nursing/elderly frail floor.

We provide the highest care for many different types of nursing needs and our palliative care is second to none. I work alongside a wonderful nursing team and amazing carers, together providing excellent nursing care and making the transition from home to Mount Vale a smooth one.

Hannah McCurley

Head of Unit - Memory Lane

I started my career in care as a care assistant in 2009. When I qualified as a nurse in 2013, I knew care home nursing was my passion. I have worked in a variety of settings and roles, most recently working in the Quality monitoring sector before stepping back into hands on nursing which has allowed me to spend more time with my young family.

My passion has always been for Dementia care and I hope to bring this passion and inspiration to the Memory Lane community at Mount Vale.

Sue Rowley


I qualified as a nurse in 1979 and have worked in both hospitals and care homes since then. I have been at Mount Vale for over 5 years. I love working on the Elderly Frail unit; our palliative care is second to none and I have a wonderful team behind me.

Sue Pickering


My name is Sue and I am the Home Administrator at Mount Vale. I have over 25 years of experience in administration, finance and customer service and my role here at Mount Vale incorporates all of these skills.

I am responsible for delivering high standards of administrative support to the General Manager and other staff members, as well as being the first point of contact for residents and family members with regards to financial matters.

My mission statement is 'to treat my colleagues, residents and their families with the professionalism, dignity and respect that they deserve whilst maintaining their right to confidentiality'.

Danny Dickson

Head Chef

Danny joined us as a Head Chef at Mount Vale in August 2021.

Danny has over 30 years experience being a Chef and is delighted to be working at Mount Vale to provide our wonderful residents with delicious and nutritious meals.

Paul Frost

Head of Maintenance

Paul ensures the home is safe and well-presented at all times, adhering to all health and safety regulations. Paul's role can vary from changing light bulbs to building patios. Paul also oversees the grounds at Mount Vale, of which we are very proud.

Julie Anderson

Head Housekeeper

I have been working at Mount Vale since 2014 and take great pride in my work. We have a great team and I enjoy spending time with the residents.

Shona Munro


Shona has been with us since 2009 and welcomes and introduces all new residents, loved ones and visitors to the home with an inviting smile!

Rick Simpson

Gardener / Maintainence Assistant

After a 20 year military career, I am delighted to be the gardener at Mount Vale. I have meticulous attention to detail and take pride in the appearance of the grounds and gardens.

My goal is to create a thriving kitchen garden which will contribute towards the healthy menu served up by our chefs. I enjoy interacting with the residents who regularly stop me for a chat to discuss what I’m doing, sometimes offering me some tips!