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:

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.

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Karen Poulter

Care Manager

I qualified as a RN1 and RMN in the 1980's and after a career in psychiatry I joined the team at Red Oaks as the Care Manager. After 10 years I still love coming to work and have met and worked with many fantastic people. My role is to ensure a high quality of care for our residents. Off duty I love travelling with my family and reading gives me great pleasure.

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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

Head of Dementia & Activities Manager

I have worked at Red Oaks for nearly 30 years. I started as a Carer on nights, and I now work as Head of Dementia and Activities Manager. My job is very rewarding, as I have always enjoyed working with people living with dementia.


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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


I have worked at Red Oaks since April 2005, initially on reception before becoming administrator in March 2006. I provide financial and HR support for the benefit of our residents, their relatives and my colleagues which contributes to the warm family atmosphere of the home.

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Terri Tester

Admin Assistant

Having been at Red Oaks since June 2013, I am thoroughly enjoying my role as Administrative Assistant. My role is to support the General Manager and staff and residents in the daily running of the office, and to greet all visitors to the care home. I am passionate about providing a friendly, caring service and enjoy getting to know the residents and their families. My interests include the theatre, music and quilting.

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Leigh Clifford

Head Chef

I have always been passionate about fresh, local produce and simple, home-cooked foods. I bring this passion into my kitchen everyday in the hope I can deliver on my promise to provide fresh and healthy meals to those we support.

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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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