Meet the Rivermead 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:

Sarah Jackson

General Manager

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the General Manager here at Rivermead. Welcome to our website! 

Thank you for taking the time to look further into what Rivermead has to offer to you or your loved one.

Here is an opportunity to look at some of our staff team in the home, who all play a vital role in day-to-day life. I have worked for the health and social care sector for a number of years and I really enjoy working in a nursing home environment and supporting and developing the staff to provide excellent care for our residents.

The home's core values resonate with my own: of respect, integrity, responsibility, passion and empowerment. We strive for excellence by supporting the staff team to empower and enable our residents to live their best life possible whilst in a nurturing environment. Should you or a loved one be looking for at care options, please do get in touch!

Amanda Binns

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Amanda and I joined Barchester in 2023 as Deputy Manager at Rivermead. I have been a nurse for 15 years and trained in Leeds.  Giving residents the best care possible is my priority and I aim to do this by supporting staff with training and development.

I also aim to get to know the residents and ensure that their needs are met, taking into consideration their personal preferences.


Vixx Taylor

Unit Lead - Malton

Hi, my name is Vixx and I am Unit Lead in our Malton unit here at Rivermead. 

I have worked in the home for over 10-years. I strive to improve the quality of life for our residents to make their day as full and comfortable as possible.  I am proud to pass on my skill and knowledge as we work as a team.  I am always here for relatives to help and support them through both difficult and good times in any way I can.

Mandy Price

Unit Lead

Hi, my name is Mandy and I joined the Barchester family in November as Unit Lead.  I have been nursing for over 20-years and gained my nursing qualification at Worcester University.  I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the home having worked in a variety of settings from surgical vascular to nursing homes.

Anya Malinowski


Hi, my name is Anya and I am a Nurse here at Rivermead. I have worked in the health care industry for many years and have a passion for helping people.

Rebecca Shields

Home Administrator

Hi, my name is Becky and I am the homes Administrator.   My Job as the home administrator is to ensure all the finances are up to date and all records are kept up to date.

The role is varied and there are many aspects to what we complete as a team, but no two days are the same and there is rarely a quiet moment, but I love the hustle and bustle and always have a smile for everyone.

Sarah Lightfoot

Head Chef

Sarah along with her team is responsible for the catering service throughout the home. Sarah plans menus with input from residents and relatives to ensure balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day. Menus change four times a year to reflect seasonal produce and ensure variety. Sarah has worked in the catering industry for around 22 years in hotels, pubs, restaurants and care homes.

Sam Richardson

Sam Richardson

Head of Housekeeping

Hi, my name is Sam and I am Head of Housekeeping here at Rivermead. Myself and my team of housekeepers and laundry staff strive to make the home look and feel as clean, tidy and presentable as possible to ensure that our residents are happy and comfortable at all times.  I enjoy my role and like spending my time here at Rivermead interacting and getting to know the residents in our care. It is a wonderful place to work.

Justyna Gmurczyk

Administration Assistant

Justyna is Rivermead’s Admin Assistant, assisting the Administrator in the finance and the administration of the home. Justyna started working at Rivermead as a housekeeper for the past 6 years and has now moved onto the administrative team. 





Lena Walker

Resident Ambassador

Lena has lived at Rivermead since 2013.  Lena enjoys her role of Resident Ambassador and is always willing to help out other residents with any issues that arise, while they live at the home. Lena welcomes any questions about the life at Rivermead, especially if you are considering care options yourself.

Karlen Mcblane

Trainee Care Practitioner

Hello, My name is Karlen Mcblane, I am a Trainee Care Practitioner here at Rivermead Care Home.

I have worked in the industry for many years and really enjoy supporting the team and residents here in the home.

Layla Rainbow

Care Practitioner

Hello, My name is Layla and I am a Care Practitioner here at Rivermead Care Home. I really enjoy supporting others and helping those with memory loss find their way to a happy and health life here in the home.

Pam Rex

Care Practitioner

Hi, my name is Pam and I am a Care Practitioner here at Rivermead, the role enables me to support the nurses in the home. 

The role of the Care Practitioner has been introduced by Barchester Healthcare, in order to further develop talented care staff and enable them to give more support to the nurses working at the home.   The home is delighted that Pam has completed the course and is already making a difference to maintaining and developing its standard of care. 

I am a long standing member of the team having worked at the home for over 14 years and I love this role. 

Bernie Donohoe


Hello, my name is Bernie, I am a Hostess and support with Activities. 

Samantha Meredith

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Samantha Meredith and I am a care assistant here at Rivermead. I have worked in the health care industry for many years and have a passion for helping people.

Clarissa Banagilma

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Clarissa Banagilma and I am a Care Assistant here at Rivermead. I have worked in the health care industry for many years and have a passion for supporting the elderly.

Emily Banister

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Emily Banister and I am a Care Assistant here at Rivermead. I really enjoy working in the home with such a lovely family feel, I care so much about supporting the elderly and will go above and beyond to support where I can.

Lucy Sonley

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Lucy Sonley and I am a Care Assistant here at Rivermead. I have just starting worked in the health care industry and have a real passion for supporting the elderly, I am kind and empathetic and support all of our lovely residents.

Alex Hutchinson

Activities Coordinator

Hello, my Name is Alex Hutchinson, I am a Care Assistant here at Rivermead and I also help out with Activities in the home too.

Johanase Enosegbe

Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Johanase and I am a Care Assistant here at Rivermead. I have worked in the health care industry for many years, I love the culture and passion all the team have in the home. 

Graeme Bennison

2nd Chef, Senior Kitchen Assistant

Hello, my name is Graeme and I am the 2nd chef here at Rivermead. I have a number of years catering experience working in hotels, restaurants and care homes. I am pleased to be part of a team that is passionate about our Residents dining experience in providing tasty and nutritious meals with beautiful cakes and desserts, whilst also catering for special dietary requirements for our Residents.  I am very proud to be part of the Rivermead team.

Jonathan Hampson

Kitchen Assistant

Hi my is Jonathan, I am a Kitchen Assistant at Rivermead. I really enjoy making lots of lovely food for our residents. Nutrition is key to supporting a healthy lifestyle!

Andy Harkins

Maintenance Assistant

Hello, my name is Andy Harkins, I am a Maintenance assistant here at Rivermead. I am happy to help in any way I can, from moving to fixing and supporting the home.

Tina Ashley


Hello, my name is Tina and I am a Housekeeper here at Rivermead. Keeping the home lovely and clean means happy residents and happy families, this is one of the main things that matters to me.