Meet the team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

Charlene Porter

General Manager

Hi, my name is Charlene, and I am the General Manager here at Sherwood Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I started off working in care at the age of 16 and, over the years, I have built up a great deal of knowledge and experience. I am a hands-on manager and dedicated to continuously leading and developing our staff team. I have a passion for delivering a high standard of care within a home from home environment. I am hard working and committed to each resident and their loved ones.

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George Appleton-Carroll

Deputy Manager

I have worked in the care sector for many years, and started my career as a cleaner. Over the years, I have completed numerous training courses and have had varied roles, constantly striving for an excellent standard of care. I am passionate about ensuring that residents here at Sherwood Lodge receive the highest standard of care whilst providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere in their home away from home.

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Tracy Lyons

Head of Care

have worked in care since 2000. I started working nights as a Carer, then I had a ten year break to raise my family. I then went back to work in a home that provided EMI care, before moving on to complete my NVQ Level 2 in Health & Social Care to become a Senior Carer. 

I am now the Head of Care at Sherwood Lodge, and I have enjoyed working my way up whilst learning about all aspects of the care sector. I will soon be undertaking my NVQ Level 3.

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Flora Brighton

Team Leader

My name is Flora and I have worked in the care sector for many years. I started as a Domiciliary Senior Carer, and I have also been an NVQ Assessor in a health and social care setting. I love working in the care sector, as I love supporting the elderly; they have done their part in our community, so it is time to give something back.

 I joined Sherwood Lodge in 2018 and, already, we are a big family; we're all working towards the highest standards and are dedicated towards delivering the best care we can.

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Robert Frazer

Activities Coordinator

I started my career as a technical illustrator and graphic designer and continued in creative roles for many years. I have worked as a video animator, web designer, exhibition designer and, more recently, in marketing. I am delighted to share my creative past with our Sherwood Lodge residents in our arts and crafts activities.

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Dawn Close

Admin Assistant

I have worked at Sherwood Lodge since 2008 as the Admin Assistant, previously working in the transport industry for many years. I enjoy my role at Sherwood Lodge, as it is varied and rewarding. It gives me lots of pleasure interacting with the residents each day.

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Lee Riley

Head of Maintenance

Hi, my name is Lee and I am the Head of Maintenance here at Sherwood Lodge and also at Sherwood Court. One of the best perks of working in a care environment is that you're helping residents and families and trying to make their lives a little bit easier.  Knowing that you make a difference to their day provides a real sense of achievement.

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Joanne Belmont

Second Chef

My name is Joanne Belmont I am married with two children. I served 13 years in the army as a chef from 1989 to 2002, where I cooked in various locations across the world, as well as at private dinner parties for senior officers in their own homes.

From 2004 to 2018 I worked at Carnforth High School as the school cook, before leaving there in July 2018 to join the team here at Sherwood Lodge.

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Lisa Latus

Senior Carer

I have worked in the care industry for 15 years and during this time I have achieved my level 2 and level 3 certificates in Health & Social Care. I enjoy looking after people, as I find it very rewarding and am very caring by nature.

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Dianne Morton

Senior Carer

My name is Dianne Morton and I am currently a night Senior Carer at Sherwood Lodge. I have been here since 2015 and I have worked in the care sector since 1990.

I have my NVQ level 2 & 3, in addition to my medication and mental health certificates. I love working in the elderly care sector, as I feel I have a lot to give back to older people.

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Michelle Thompson

Administrator

I have worked for Barchester Healthcare since November 2007. I started work at Sherwood Court Nursing home as the receptionist/administration assistant and then in April 2012 I progressed and became the home administrator at Sherwood Lodge. No two days are ever the same in my job and I enjoy it very much. I don't see it as coming in to work, I am going In to someone's home (our residents) and we must respect that. My role is to support the General Manger by maintaining the administration and financial systems.

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Martin Soothill

Head Chef

After working in the industry for over 35 years I have gained vast knowledge and experience through the NHS charity and independent sectors. I have held various roles in catering, management and projects.  I am very excited to join the team here at Sherwood Lodge, and look forward to working with my team and the residents to ensure the dishes prepared at the home are of the highest quality.

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Bridget Lawrenson

Head Housekeeper

I have worked at Sherwood Lodge since 2010 and I started off as a care assistant, and I am now the Head Housekeeper. Previously to my role at Sherwood Lodge I worked in the community as a support worker. I have two daughters a son and two granddaughters.

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