Meet the 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:

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Amanda Oxley

General Manager

Hi, I'm Amanda, the General Manager here at Newington Court, and I would like to welcome you to our home.

I have worked in the healthcare sector since 1998. I qualified at Luton University and worked at the NHS, specialising in surgical, rehab and end of life care. I have a degree in Critical Care Nursing and I am an experienced orthopaedic nurse. I have also spent time working in the private sector at a charitable hospital for the clergy in London and nursed for five years in Guernsey. I was promoted to General Manager at Newington Court in July 2016. 

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Paul Simmons

Deputy Manager

My name is Paul and I am the Deputy General Manager here at Newington Court.  I have been nursing since 1983 and my passion lies in palliative care.  I am very much a people person who thrives on a challenge.  I have managed services over the years within a variety of disciplines including: children, learning disabilities, hospice and acquired brain injury.  My second passion in life is music and after leaving school I pursued a 10 year career as an Army musician, where I attended the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall.

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Anita Hallinan


I joined the team at Newington Court in May 2016. My role is very varied and covers HR, payroll and accounts, in addition to supporting the General Manager and the rest of the management team. I have many years experience working in secretarial, HR and accounts roles and I am also a qualified NVQ Assessor in Business Administration. I enjoy interacting with residents and seeing them happy when joining in with the activities that are arranged for them.

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Lorraine Drobka

Administration Assistant

I joined Newington Court in December 2016 as an Admin Assistant. For the past 14 years I have worked within the social care environment, which I found very rewarding.

I have over 30 years experience working in admin and accounts and hold an NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration.

I enjoy being part of the team at Barchester's Newington Court and making a difference to the lives of those we support.

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Kelly Showell

Activities Coordinator

I have been working at Newington Court as the Activities Coordinator since May 2017. Prior to this, I worked at Newington for two years as a Healthcare Assistant.

On a weekly basis, I plan the activities to ensure that everyone enjoys something throughout the week. I also organise trips out in our minibus, including lunch at the pub, trips to the beach, the cinema and many more places. I cater for all residents on a day-to-day basis and try to make life at Newington as fun and as personal to them as possible.

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Mirela Apostol

Senior Nurse

My name is Mirela, and I am the Senior Nurse here at Newington Court. I am originally from Romania and came to work at the home in April 205. I am very passionate about my role here and I care very much about the residents and improving the quality of their lives.

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Stuart Knell

Head Chef

Hello, my name is Stuart, and I have been in the catering industry most of my life, starting off as a sixteen year old YTS Chef at the Ashford International Hotel, and then as Sous Chef at the Holiday Inn, Ashford, where I had three recipes published in a book called 'Passion on a Plate'. I wanted to help care for people and that’s why I decided to join the Newington Court family and bring my experience and dedication to the home.

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Reg King

Maintenance Manager

Hi, my name is Reg, and I am the Maintenance Manager here at Newington Court.

Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Claire Samuels

Senior Carer

Claire is a Senior Carer for Falcon Place, she has worked for Barchester for over 7 years and manages Falcon Place with enthusiasm and dedication, she is highly thought of by the Residents and families alike and is an asset to Barchester and a great team player.

Claire is always smiling and nothing is too much trouble for her. Claire supports her  young family and  her extended family.

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Julie Byott

Head Housekeeper

Julie joined us in 2008 and keeps the home up to a fantastic standard. She manages a great team, where all of them have the motto "Nothing is too much trouble for the Residents!". Julie's daugheter Kelly also works with us here at Newington Court as a carer. 


Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Lyn Mason


My name is Lyn and I have worked here at Newington Court for 3 and a half years. I started as an Activities Coordinator and am now a Carer. I really enjoy my job because it is so rewarding knowing that I make a difference to the lives of the people I care for. Our days are filled with laughter and residents are given the respect and dignity they deserve. The girls I work with are wonderful as well. I love this home so much that two of my children also work here.

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