Meet the Newlands Care Centre 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:

Kim Whelan

Kim Whelan

General Manager

Hello, my name is Kim, and I am the General Manager here at Newlands. Welcome to our website!

I have worked for Barchester since January 2019. I relocated here to Workington from County Durham. I have been a registered nurse since 1982, and I have worked predominantly in the social sector in nursing and care homes. I have a special interest in working with people who are living with dementia.

Here at Newlands, we endeavour to enhance the lives of all of our residents. We are proud of the care we offer and would be delighted to show you around our home.

I would like to introduce to my lovely team, and look forward to meeting you.

Lisa Wren

Deputy Manager

I have worked for Barchester since March 2020. I live locally and I have been a Dual Registered Nurse for over 2 decades. I am already enjoying being part of the Newlands Care Centre team.

Lorraine Glynn

Lorraine Glynn


Hi, my name is Lorraine and I have been the Administrator here since August 2000. Whilst working for Barchester, I have received my NVQ Level 3 in Management.

Leigh-Anna Mason

Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Leigh-Anna and I joined Barchester in January 2020 as the Activities Coordinator here at Newlands. I have worked within the care sector in many different roles throughout my career but have never enjoyed my job as much as I do here at Newlands. I love working with the residents to tailor activities to their preferences, ensuring everyone is involved and engaged in the activities programme.

I enjoy planning and implementing events and activities for all the residents on a 1:1 and group basis. The whole team here at Newlands know each residents’ preferences which means we can deliver a person-centred, tailored activity programme so fulfil resident’s social and physical needs.

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Kevin McAvoy

Head Chef

Hi, My name is Kevin and I am Head Chef here at Newlands.   I trained in the Royal Navy as a Chef in 2000, I left the Navy in 2005 and went on to work in Hotels in Scotland before returning to Cumbria. I became Head Chef here at Newlands in August 2019 and have enjoyed creating healthy, nutritious, balanced diets for our residents in a professional, comfortable environment.

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Lee McAllister

Head of Maintenance

My name is Lee and I am the Head of Maintenance here at Newlands Care Centre. I have held this role since February 2017. As Head of Maintenance I get lots of opportunities to interact with residents whilst visiting their rooms to attend to various tasks.

We carry out a wide range of work in-house that all aids towards the care and safety of those we support. This is an extremely enjoyable role to have.

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Gillian Forster

Head of Housekeeping

Hi, my name is Gillian and I have worked as a Housekeeper here at Newlands since 1994.   I enjoy working with the housekeeping team. I like talking to residents and making sure their rooms are clean and tidy. I want to help residents remain as independent as possible.  I work hard to ensure that the home maintains Barchester's high standards and that they work to create a relaxed, personal atmosphere for residents, relatives and staff.

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Care Team


Left to right: Angela Miller, Wendy Williams, Hannah Lawson.

We thoroughly enjoy looking after the residents and spending time chatting to them and doing daily activities. We are a great team and we work hard to support our residents and each other. We feel lucky to work here at Newlands as we are like one big family.

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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

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01900 358 730

All other calls

01900 872 257

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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