Meet the Newington Court 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:

Phillis Dzowa

General Manager

Hi, my name is Phillis, and I am the General Manager here at Newington Court. Welcome to our website.

I trained and worked as a Registered Nurse in Zimbabwe for 4 years. I then joined Newington Court in January 2017. I love my work here and I always ensure that delivering a high standard of care is my priority. Through dedication and determination, I have earned the role as Lead Nurse on the top floor.

My aim is to ensure expected outcomes are met in the best possible way and improvements are made in the best interests of the people we support. I took up my new role as General Manager in April 2021.

Amy Evans

Deputy Manager

I trained and qualified at Canterbury Christchurch University in 2011. I worked for the NHS as a Critical Care Nurse on a Surgical High Dependency Unit and also Intensive Care. 

I changed roles and worked with the community district nurses for four years until I joined Newington Court in April 2019. I took on my new role as Unit Nurse Manager in June 2020 and was promoted to Deputy Manager in April 2021.

I am passionate about ensuring our residents receive a high standard of care and, as a team, we always strive to achieve our best.

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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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Jo English

Activities Coordinator

I joined Newington Court in September 2021. After working as a Carer in September 2022 I became the Lead Activities Co-coordinator. It is a pleasure to care for our residents and make sure that their needs are met to the highest standards. Every day is different but it is a very rewarding job and gives a great sense of satisfaction. I am looking forward to ensuring that our residents are getting an enriched lifestyle and by getting to know them on a one-to-one basis making sure that we cater to everyone’s needs and interests.

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Tiffany Gikes

Senior Nurse

Tiffany joined Newington in 2021 as a Senior Nurse. She is a very experienced nurse and has now been promoted to Unit Nurse Manager on our Memory Lane unit.  As well as superb communication skills that have enabled her to develop a good rapport with residents, their families and staff, Tiffany possesses excellent observation skills and is knowledgeable and driven. 


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Catherine King - Yombo

Head Chef

My name is Catherine.  I joined Newington Court in June 2017 as the second chef.  I was promoted to Head Chef in October 2021. I have worked as a professional chef for many years and enjoy providing nutritious, flavoursome meals for our residents.  I speak to residents individually to find out their likes and dislikes, and they let me know if there are dishes they would like to see on our menus



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Reg King

Reg King

Maintenance Manager

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

I previously worked at a leisure centre as the Maintenance Manager. I really enjoy Newington Court and Falcon Place and overseeing the care of the gardens and outside areas. I love meeting the residents and their loved ones and helping them to make their rooms feel like home.

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Gaynor Whiffin

Head Housekeeper

I joined Newington Court as a Housekeeper in August 2021 and was promoted to Head Housekeeper in October.  It is a very varied role which encompasses housekeeping and laundry. It is a pleasure to interact with our residents and their families whilst ensuring that  the home’s high standards of cleanliness are maintained at all times.


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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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Sonia Tajes

Senior Healthcare Assistant

My name is Sonia.  I joined Newington Court as a Carer in February 2018.  In November 2021 I was proud to be promoted to a Senior Carer. I really enjoy my job and the difference that you can make to our resident’s lives. 


Rebecca Mepstead

Healthcare Assistant

My name is Rebecca.  I joined Newington Court In November 2017 as a Carer.  In April 2019 I took on the role as Activities Co-ordinator and then became Head of Lifestyle. After two years I decided to return to my first passion which is care. I like to care for our residents in a way that respects the dignity of every individual in our home and promotes their independence.


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Jo English

Healthcare Assistant

I joined Newington Court in September 2021.  It is a pleasure to care for our residents and make sure that their needs are met to the highest standards. Every day is different but it is a very rewarding job and gives a great sense of satisfaction.


Rachel Olowokere

Unit Nurse Manager

I came to Newington Court in October from my home country, Nigeria. I am  reallyenjoying my role here. Its a pleasure getting to know the residents and their families and working with a wonderful team of nurses and carers.


Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure 'Providing great quality care and wellbeing' for more information on how we're here to help you and your loved one.
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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

01795 334 487

All other calls

01795 843 033

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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