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

Hello, I’m Phillis and I am the General Manager here at Newington Court.

I have devoted over a decade of my life to the healthcare sector and I have particularly enjoyed working with the team at Newington Court. My passion for providing quality care to the elderly and vulnerable has been the driving force behind my successful career. Throughout the years, I have honed my skills and gained invaluable experience in managing a care home and I have demonstrated my unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of the residents.

My journey in the healthcare sector began shortly after completing my nursing qualification in Zimbabwe. Eager to make a difference in the lives of others, I found myself drawn to pursue a career in Elder Care. I joined Newington Court in 2017 as a Registered Nurse and I worked my way up to a management position. I enjoy staying up to date with latest developments in the healthcare sector and networking with other professionals. I value the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas that aim to enhance the quality of care that we provide.

I find fulfilment in leading my team to provide exceptional care and support to residents. As a General Manager, I thrive in creating a positive and inclusive work environment for the team, where they can be motivated to deliver their best. I enjoy actively engaging with residents and their families, fostering strong relationships built on trust and respect. At Newington Court, we understand the importance of creating a warm and nurturing environment within the care home, where residents feel comfortable, safe, and truly at home.

Amy Evans

Deputy Manager

Hello I’m Amy and I am the Deputy General Manager at Newington Court.

As a Deputy General Manager I bring years of dedicated experience in nursing and healthcare management to the team. Known for my unwavering commitment to residents care, I have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities which I have gained from various clinical settings.

Starting my career as a registered nurse I quickly rose through the ranks, showcasing a deep understanding of nursing protocols, compassion for residents and an ability for problem solving. My passion for continuous learning led me to pursue my Level 5 Leadership and Management training equipping me with the skills I need to excel in my leadership role.

In my current position as a Deputy General Manager I play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth operations within the nursing home. I oversee the whole team guiding, mentoring and supporting to ensure optimal resident care. I collaborate closely with healthcare professionals to develop and implement highest standards of care.

I am driven by a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of residents and their families. 

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.


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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.