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:

Celine Poirot

General Manager

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

I am originally from France but have spent the last 10 years working in the UK. I was previously Deputy Manager at a psychiatric hospital in Paris, before making the move to Yorkshire. I originally started my career as a Care Assistant and worked my way up to Management.

I specialise in dementia care and have a real passion for caring for older people, ensuring that they receive a high quality of care. I am looking forward to working hard with my team and working with the residents and their families. 

My door is always open so please feel free to join me for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.

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Lorraine Kitching


Lorraine and her team ensure all aspects of the administration of the home runs smoothly, from invoicing, ordering, recruitment, setting up contracts, to manning reception, never a dull day!

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Angela Lawson

Activities Coordinator

Angela is responsible for providing and delivering a varied activities programme on our elderly frail unit.

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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.

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Tina Ashley

Head Housekeeper

I am responsible for keeping the home's Housekeeping and Laundry up to the Barchester standard.  I take great pride in my work and strive to ensure that our residents have a lovely place to live in and our staff have a pleasant place to work in.

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Sue Atkinson

Head of Westow Unit

Sue has been working as a nurse for 50 years. Sue specialises and enjoys helping residents in palliative care. She ensures that the unit runs smoothly with a good quality of care for her residents and staff.

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