Meet the South Chowdene Care Home 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:

Julie Baron

General Manager

Hi, my name is Julie and I am the General Manager here at South Chowdene. I look forward to welcoming you to our home!

Thank you for taking the time to look further into what we have 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 bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the home and have worked in the care industry for almost 20-years.   I began my career in the sector as a carer, quickly progressing to Senior Carer, then Deputy Manager and then as a care home, Home Manager. I have been a Home Manager for 15-years and caring is my passion.

I believe that everyone should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect and that we should always be striving to provide only the best possible care that we can on a daily basis, after all this is only what the residents deserve. I believe that we should treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves or as we would like a loved one to be treated.

I hope that my drive and passion to deliver only the highest standards of care is passed on through our care team. I look forward to welcoming you to our home.

Clare Lambert-Gardiner

Home Administrator

Hi, my name is Clare and I am the home administrator here at South Chowdene.  I have worked for Barchester for over 11 years and in my role I deal with all aspects of the administration of the home to ensure it runs smoothly, from invoicing, ordering, recruitment, setting up contracts, to manning the telephones, there's never a dull day!

Before becoming the homes administrator over 7-years ago, a role my Mother also held.  I spent a number of years as activities coordinator. South Chowdene is more than a workplace to me, it is my second home and family. Even so much my sister now works here as a RGN and my eldest daughter is a Care Assistant here.

Niki Powell

Activities Coordinator

I arrange meaningful activities for all of our residents based on their likes and interests. I love sharing fun times with our residents, their families and with staff. I thoroughly enjoy chatting with residents about their hobbies/interests as well as reminiscing in small groups.

Our activities extend beyond the home with trips to places of interest, places residents have enjoyed throughout their lives eg. Seaside, parks, garden centers, as well as craft/ art workshops at libraries and general interest talks around the area.

Kerry Jenkinson

Head of Housekeeping

Hello. My name is Kerry. I am the Head Housekeeper here at South Chowdene.

I joined the Barchester family in 2023. I have worked across the care sector for the last 10 years, starting off as a domestic, then applying for the role of head housekeeper.

I love my job! No two days are the same. I love nothing more than a nice clean home for all of our residents, families and colleagues.

I would highly recommend Barchester to anyone wanting to work in the care sector.

Val Coltart and Edna Scurfield.

Resident Ambassadors

We would like to introduce you to our Resident Ambassadors – Val Coltart and Edna Scurfield.  Both of our residents take an active part in our life enrichment programme and the homes resident forum. They are voice of the resident group and as Ambassadors will meet with our residents to find out their values, feedback and any ideas for  improvement. 

The ladies are also available to participate in the recruitment process by being part of the interview panel and each plays an important part in introducing new residents to the home.  When considering care options for yourself or a loved one is often a difficult decision and our Resident Ambassadors are available to answer any questions on your journey of what it is like to live in our home.

Bev Fitzpatrick

Nursing Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Bev, and I started working at South Chowdene in 2004. I work as a nursing care assistant, and I love all aspects of my job, but I am most passionate about supporting people who are living with dementia. I am a Dementia Champion, as well as a Dignity Champion, and I also hold a diploma in health and social care.

I am a proud grandmother and love bringing the babies into work to see residents and their loved ones, which they both love.

I truly believe South Chowdene is the best home around, and because we all genuinely value and respect those we support, residents love living here. 

Members of the Care team

Members of the Care Team

We are members of the care team here at South Chowdene. We thoroughly enjoy looking after the residents and spend time chatting to them and doing daily activities. We continue to develop our skills to support our residents on a day-to-day basis.

Michelle Turnbull

Second Chef

Hello. My name is Michelle and I am the second chef here at South Chowdene.