Meet the Red Oaks 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:

Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan

General Manager

Hi, my name is Linda and I am the General Manager here at Red Oaks. Welcome to our website!

I have been a registered nurse for over 20 years. My passion for working with older people in a nursing home environment started with my first registered manager position in 2003. My career has also included positions such as a Practice Development Nurse and a Dementia Specialist. Before Barchester, I was a Director of Care for a luxury retirement village, commissioning both a nursing home and a domiciliary care service. This position involved managing, coaching and mentoring the registered managers.

I am proud of being able to make a difference to peoples' lives by providing high quality, person-centred care in a supportive learning environment within an open and fair culture.

My door is always open for a coffee (or tea) and a chat, whether that is for residents, relatives or staff members.

Karen Poulter

Karen Poulter

Care Manager

I qualified as an RN1 and RMN in the 1980s and, after a career in psychiatry, I joined the team at Red Oaks as the care manager. After many years, I still love coming to work and have met and worked with many lots of wonderful people. My role is to ensure a high standard of care is consistently delivered to those we support. Out of work, I love travelling with my family, and reading gives me great pleasure.

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Clare Mowatt

Clare Mowatt

Hospitality Manager

My role as Hospitality Manager means that I am responsible for the restaurant and also for the  hostess services to the Assisted Living Apartments. I maintain overall responsibility for hygiene procedures and I ensure that staff follow these at all times. I am also responsible for the housekeeping and laundry function at the home.

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Marilyn Knight

Activities Manager

Marilyn Knight Activities Manager joined the company in March 1986. She started as a Night Care Assistant and progressed to Senior Care Assistant and now the Activities Manager heading up a team of two other Activities Co-Ordinators. The importance of leading a team is that there is a wide variety of different activities going on that are to tailored to suit the residents that we look after. One to One activities are so important so that everyone has individual time doing something that they enjoy or listening to their own play list.


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Sharon Haigh

Head of Unit & Care Practitioner

I started work at Red Oaks in 1990; at the time, I thought that I would stay for 6 months. I have had various roles over that time, all care related, and I have received a lot of training. I am a Care Practitioner and Head of Unit on Lavender floor, which is one of our dementia floors.

I have had the privilege of meeting and caring for some truly amazing people. I love my job at Red Oaks, with no two days ever being the same.

In 2017, I was nominated for a Barchester Care Award, and was very surprised and humbled to win the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Martin Knight

Martin Knight

Marketing Administrator

I have been working at Red Oaks for more than 10 years, during which time I have worked in most departments. I get to meet with the families of potential residents, who are seeking to find the right level of care for their relatives. I love showing our fantastic home to everyone who visits and I feel privileged to be able to offer help to families regarding, what is often, a very difficult and emotional decision.

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Louise Pocock


Home Administrator

I have worked at Red Oaks since April 2005, initially on reception before becoming Administrator in March 2006. I gained my NVQ level 3 in Business & Administration in January 2009. I am responsible for supporting residents, relatives and staff with administration, financial and HR matters. The Admin team give a warm welcome to all our visitors and help to create the homely, family atmosphere that spreads throughout Red Oaks.

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Virginia Ramos

Senior Nurse

I have worked at Red Oaks for 16 years and I consider it as my second home. I love being a Nurse! It is responsibility is to ensure the high quality care of our residents, maintaining their general well-being and making them happy. At Red Oaks, we work as a team!

Leigh Clifford

Leigh Clifford

Head Chef

I am aware mealtimes are a hugely important event in the day for our residents, so I endeavor to prepare, cook and present food from  seasonal menu that residents can enjoy. I lead a team of kitchen staff consisting of a 2nd chef, kitchen assistants and hostesses, whom I support in their roles and encourage to professionally develop. I work closely with the general manager, deputy manager and registered nurses to ensure we provide meals suitable for residents' differing requirements.

Red Oaks holds events for residents, relatives and the local community throughout the year, which almost involves catering. This is jointly organised with the general manager, activities coordinator and myself, and relies on effective team work by all the kitchen team to make a success of the event. I communicate daily with the general manager and visit residents in their own rooms regularly, or chat with them in the dining room, to ensure we are meeting their individualised needs and they are satisfied.

I am always happy to prepare food during special occasions for residents and their families, and we have previously catered for a wedding, birthday parties and funeral teas. Visitors to the home will find they have access to tea, coffee and my home baking, and many make use of this facility. 

I enjoy working at Red Oaks, as there is excellent communication between all departments, and I there is a great team spirit, where everyone helps when required

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Steve Martin

Steve Martin

Head of Maintenance

I enjoy working at Red Oaks, I ensure that the home is well maintained and work with external contractors to ensure all equipment and the home itself is safe and fit for purpose. I enjoy chatting to the residents as I go around the home and it’s a lovely part of my job to build relationships not only my colleagues but with the residents in their home.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ 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

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

01273 769 425

All other calls

01273 493 043

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.

Useful downloads

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