Meet the Ritson Lodge 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:

Jo Head

General Manager

Hello, my name is Jo and I am the General Manager here at Ritson Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I have worked in varying aspects of healthcare for over 22 years; within NHS, county councils and charitable organisations. Over the last 19 years I have managed a variety of nursing homes and my most recent role was as a regional director.  

I am particularly passionate about dementia care – ensuring that people living fulfilled lives. I love the role of activities and see it as an integral part of the home. Ritson Lodge is a lovely care home and I am really looking forward to working with the team and local area to ensure that the home is part of the Hopton Village community - engaging in local events and supporting the local community.

Siobhan Fennell

Deputy Manager

Hello, my name is Siobhan and I am the Deputy Manager here at Ritson Lodge. I have worked here for over a year and I have been a registered general nurse for over 10 years. Previous to working at Ritson Lodge, I have had experience in intensive care, emergency call and I also was a deputy in a community hospital that specialised in rehabilitation. I love working at Ritson Lodge because I love having the opportunity to get to know my residents and to be able to spend the time with them.

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Jo Dunlop


Hello, my name is Jo. I have been a Home Administrator at Barchester Healthcare for over 15 years. The role is varied and very interesting and entails a multitude of tasks that keep me busy for most days. I coordinate and facilitate all administration issues as well as management support. My role covers all financial aspects of the running of the home and you can contact me at any time to discuss anything relating to finances.

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Julie Durrant

Head of Residential

My name is Julie and I am the Head of Residential here at Ritson Lodge. I have over 25 years' experience in both the private sector and the NHS. During this time, I gained several health and social care qualifications.

Before joining the Ritson Lodge family in August 2017, I worked for 5 years as a Deputy Manager in a different residential care home. My goal is to provide high quality, person-centred care to those we support.

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Paul Harte

Maintenance Manager

Hello, my name is Paul and as the Maintenance Manager, I make sure the home and gardens are looked after to a high standard. I am is also the key contact on site for outside contractors. It is my responsibility to make sure every resident's stay here is trouble free and as comfortable as possible and I am the person to go to for any problems within the rooms or home.

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Karen Brown

Head Housekeeper

Hello, my name is Karen and I am the Head Housekeeper. I have been working here at Ritson Lodge for over 6 years! I love being able to interact with the residents and help everybody.

Andy Wise

Head Chef

Hello, my name is Andy and I am the Head Chef here at Ritson Lodge. My job is to make sure that every meal time is of a high standard and enjoyed by our residents. I am also responsible for meeting any special dietary requirements. I really enjoy providing quality food and catering to our visitors, relatives and guests whenever they visit Ritson Lodge.

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Cherri Summers

Registered Nurse

Hello, my name is Cherri and I am one of the Nurses at Ritson Lodge. I have been a nurse for over 17 years and I have experience in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Clinical Education for student nurses and Care within a home setting. I decided to move to Ritson last year because I wanted a change and I absolutely love it. I love working with the residents and I have a particular passion for our memory lane and the residents living with dementia.

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Marie Buck

Care Assistant

Hello, my name is Marie and I am a care assistant here at Ritson Lodge. I have been working here for nearly four years and love my job.

Emma Haire

Care Assistant

Hello, my name is Emma and I am a Care Assistant here at Ritson Lodge. I love my job as a carer, I have been working here for over four years and I usually work on our Memory Lane community. I love Dementia care and I find it very rewarding.

Reese Parker


Hello my name is Reese and I am a Host here at Ritson Lodge. I have worked here for over three years and I have spent time in the kitchen and as a Host. I love being a host because I like to help the residents and be able to interact with them.

Barry Arnold

Second Chef

Hello, my name is Barry and I am the Second Chef here at Ritson Lodge care home. I love working in the kitchen and enjoy learning what the residents likes and dislikes are.

Rita Matusebiciute

Activities Coordinator

Rita is our activities coordinator at Ritson Lodge. Rita has had 14 years experience in Activities and has been with Barchester for 3 years. She previously worked in Chelsea in another Care Home working with all of the west end stars! Rita loves being with our residents and supporting our residents to live their best life.. 

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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

01502 322406

All other calls

01502 734000

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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