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:

Sharon Herbert

General Manager

Welcome to Plas-Y-Dderwen, my name is Sharon, and I am the General Manager here.

I Joined Barchester Healthcare in January 2015 as Head of Unit for the General unit which consists of 32 residents. I became General Manager in January 2016. I have undertaken my Registered General Nurse training and qualified in 1994. The majority of my nursing career has been spent in the community, supporting individuals with complex care needs and management of a diverse team of care workers and nurses. I am very passionate about care delivery and strive to deliver the highest standard of care to all our residents.

My role here at Plas Y Dderwen is to ensure that the residents that we support are treated with individuality, dignity and respect whilst ensuring a safe, comfortable and homely environment. To enable me to do this I also have to ensure a happy, motivated and highly skilled team who share the same passions as myself.

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Nicki Hockly

Deputy Manager

My name is Nicki Hockly and I am the Deputy Manager at Plas-Y-Dderwen Care Home. I have worked for Barchester Healthcare since 2009 across three homes and became the Deputy Manager here in February 2018.

I am passionate about my job and am an advocate for promoting person-centered care for the individuals we support. I offer guidance and support to our team of Nurses, Senior Carers and Care Assistants, with the aim of providing a happy, friendly and welcoming workplace.

I am responsible for ensuring that a high standard of care is maintained and delivered to residents whilst respecting privacy, dignity and choices. 

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Andrew Whitmarsh

Unit Nurse Manager

Hi my name is Andy and I am the Unit Nurse Manager on our Memory Lane community here at Plas y Dderwen.

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Janet Williams

Activities Coordinator

My name is Janet and I'm the Activities Coordinator here at Plas-Y-Dderwen. I am passionate about ensuring that Plas-Y-Dderwen is a fun and active place to live with plenty of activities going on for residents to participate in and enjoy. We have everything, from a film club and arts & crafts sessions to minibus trips out and visits from entertainers. We have something for all the family to enjoy to show that Plas-Y-Dderwen is a happy and welcoming environment.

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Hefin Jones


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.

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Jeff Rees

Maintenance Assistant

Jeff has worked for Plas-Y-Dderwen since 2010. His job is to ensure the home is maintained to a high standard and kept in full working order.

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Philippa Williams

Administration Assistant

I assist Marie with the homes administrative needs.

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Carys Davies

Housekeeping Assistant

Carys has been at Plas-Y-Dderwen since 2013, and ensures that the homes is always cleaned to a high standard.

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Jill the Cat!

Pet Therapist

This is Jill, the home's pet cat. Jill is key in making Plas-Y-Dderwen a real home from home for those we support. She can regularly be found lazing at someones' feet or in their lap! Jill will soon appear in her very own calendar and is looking forward to the fame this will bring her in the local community!

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