Meet the Plas-Y-Dderwen 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:

Sharon Herbert

Senior General Manager

Welcome to our website, my name is Sharon Herbert and I am the General Manager of Plas Y Dderwen.

I qualified as a Registered nurse in 1994 and hold a Level 5 diploma in Health and social care management. I have worked for Barchester Healthcare since 2015 and recently returned to be the manager here. I am passionate about the delivery of resident care and lifestyles here, why not come along and see what we can offer and meet the team.

Michael O'Reilly

Responsible Individual (RI)

Michael O Reilly joined Barchester Healthcare in April 2017 and is the Responsible Individual (RI) for all of our Welsh services. As RI, Michael visits all Welsh services at least every three months and works closely with the home management team and regulators to ensure that the highest quality of care is offered. Michael is very proud to be part of the team.

Michael holds the position as General Counsel and Director of Quality, Risk and Compliance as well as the Company Secretary for Barchester.

Kelly-Ann Holmes

Clinical Deputy Manager

Hello, I'm Kelly-Ann and I am the Clinical Deputy Manager. I have a degree in adult general nursing and have been a qualified nurse since 2012. My nursing background is in a nursing home setting. I have experience in elderly care and young adults with acquired brain injuries, learning difficulties and complex needs. I am passionate about person-centred care.

It is important to me that I get to know the residents, families and the staffing team in order to build up professional relationships. It is important to me that I seek to ensure all residents are able to live their lives to the fullest, whilst also making sure their daily living care needs are supported and maintained.

Andrew Whitmarsh

Head of Towy Community

Hi my name is Andy and I’ve been a nurse for 8 years, 7 of those years I’ve been here at Plas Y Dderwen. During my time here I have worked on the different units of the home and I feel that gives me a varied approach when it comes to our residents and their needs. I am now Head of unit for our Towy community.

Lewis Slaven

Residential Community Manager

I am the Residential Unit Manager for our Towy community here at Plas-Y-Dderwen. I started as a Carer here and, over the years, I have worked my way up to my current role.

I like to feel that I use my experiences throughout my time here to have a greater understanding of the residents, their loved ones and the carers I work with.

My job requires me to be responsible for the well-being of any residential residents we have here on our Towy community, whilst also enforcing policies and mentoring the staff to their highest potential.

Christine Harris

RGN Nurse

I moved to Wales in September 2022 and joined Plas y Dderwen in October 2022. Working with different units was something I wasn’t familiar with but the staff were supportive. I have been nursing for about 46 years and the last 20 years have been working with residents living with Dementia. I work within the advanced Dementia community and I really enjoy working here in Plas y Dderwen, the staff are friendly and are always happy to help.

Tayo Mogaji


Hi my name is Tayo and I have been a Registered General Nurse for 6 years. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in Nigeria. I found employment with Plas y Dderwen as a pre-registered nurse and I qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse in the UK in 2023. I have worked at Plas y Dderwen for a year now, providing empathetic, therapeutic care to the residential and nursing residents whilst developing a good interpersonal relationship with residents and staff. Working on the different communities within Plas y Dderwen has broadened my knowledge and experience in care for the residents individually, whilst attending to their nursing needs. The company itself is keen on knowledge development and I benefit from the webinars and clinical training which will continue to improve the quality of care I provide.

Sally Wootton

RMN Nurse

I am a nurse who came to work at Plas Y Dderwen eleven years ago. I had previously worked for the NHS for 30+ years as a psychiatric nurse. I work nights on Teifi unit and love my job. I have met the most amazing people during my time here and consider it a privilege to care for people living their journey through dementia and its challenges. The staff I work with are well trained and experienced in delivering a high standard of individualised care. The home is a friendly comfortable environment with plenty of trips and activities going on. The management are very supportive of all the staff and their various needs. Training is ongoing constantly. I particularly enjoy the autonomy and responsibility of managing the unit on nights.

Jacqui Price


Hi I am Jacqui Price and I have been working for Plas y Dderwen since 2022. I have nearly forty years’ experience in administration and accounts, primarily in the motor industry in and around Hereford and Cheltenham.

I moved to Wales in 2022, and started working for Plas y Dderwen not long after the move. This is the first time I have ever worked in the care industry. The passion I have for ensuring our home runs smoothly, and our residents are cared for with dignity and respect is very rewarding, and I absolutely love my job.

Lisa Peart

Activities Coordinator

Hello, I am Lisa and I have recently joined the team at Plas y Dderwen. I have worked in the care sector since 2009 and I have a passion for working with people.
Although I am new to this role, I have always enjoyed being creative and bringing a smile and a sense of joy to others.
I am looking forward to developing an Activities programme that will bring enrichment to residents' lives through meaningful Activities.

Simon Thomas

Head Chef

I am Simon the Head Chef here at Plas y Dderwen, where I have been developing my cooking skills with support for many years.

We as a kitchen team aim to deliver nutritionally high, well presented tasty meals on a daily basis to all of our residents while trying to suit individual needs and wants.

Kathryn Thomas


Hi. My name is Kathryn and I’ve worked at Plas y Dderwen for just over a year. This is the 3rd Nursing home I’ve had the pleasure of working in. As receptionist, my primary role is to be the first point of contact either by phone or for visitors at the front door. I love to meet and greet and I am always proud to show off our lovely home. I’m also here to provide admin backup to the Home Administrator. Life is busy, varied and no two days are the same.

Sioned Davies

Care Assistant

I have worked at Plas y Dderwen for 12 years, as a Care Assistant. I enjoy working here and the best part of each shift, is the time I get to spend with the residents. I enjoy getting to know them, listening to their stories and being able to help them in any way I can.  I am passionate about delivering person-centred care and assist in ensuring our residents have a good quality of life.

Hefin Jones

2nd Chef

Hefin has worked at Plas-Y-Dderwen since 2012 and ensures that residents get a good choice of food, which is always cooked to a high standard and is nutritious.