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:

Sarah Davies

General Manager

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

I have worked within the care sector since 1991 and I am very passionate about my role and responsibilities. Right from the beginning, I knew that this was where I belonged.

My career began as a Care Assistant in a small residential home, and I worked my way up to Senior and then Deputy Manager. After spending 26 years in this one home, I decided it was time to spread my wings and was lucky enough to be offered a Deputy Manager position in a much larger residential home. It was only a matter of weeks before I was promoted to General Manager and I have devoted the last 15 months there to improving the home and leading and developing the team.

Over the years, I have completed an array of training and qualifications up to and including NVQ Level 4 in Health and Social Care, and I continually look for ways I can improve my knowledge, skills and my own personal development.

I joined Barchester in July 2018 as the General Manager of The Fernes, and I really enjoyed getting to know the company, my home, my staff team, the residents and their families and friends.

I aim to ensure, as a team, that we continue to deliver a high standard of person-centred care to those we support, placing them at the heart of everything we do and meeting individual needs with the passion and commitment they deserve.

I am very proud of everything I have achieved, but one of my greatest accomplishments is changing my previous home's CQC rating from 'Requires Improvement' to Good in all 5 KLOE’s within 10 months of commencing my employment.

I feel honoured to have spent my entire career doing what I love the most and feel that there is nothing more rewarding than going home at the end of the day knowing you have made a difference to a person’s life.

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Sarah Wookey

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am the Deputy Manager here at The Fernes. I have worked in the care sector for many years and, in that time, I have become passionate about delivering high quality services.

I love working at The Fernes and enjoy getting to know the residents. Our care team has been selected for their skills and passion for high quality care, and I look forward to leading them and growing together so that The Fernes not only becomes our work place, but also the home we share with residents.

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Cindy Esilva


I am originally from South Africa and have been in the UK since 2015. I have worked in GP practices and also in the aviation industry as a PA. Before becoming an Administrator at The Fernes, I worked as a Receptionist.

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Sophie Dryden

Activities Coordinator

I organise a variety of fun-filled activities and events for residents at The Fernes, and cultivate a home-from-home environment by involving as many loved ones as possible.

I also spend time getting to know residents on a one-to-one basis, enabling myself and my team to get a better understanding of individual likes and dislikes, so that we can make sure we are delivering activities that best suit their interests. I try to think outside the box to help residents experience new things.

I love working at The Fernes; I’ve been here since 2016 and I have worked in the care sector since 2011. I’ve gone from cleaner to carer and now to activities, so I have a lot of experience. I’m a very happy, bubbly person and have many hobbies, but my specialty is baking.

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Emma Barzotelli-Jackson


I have been with the company since December 2017. I very much enjoy the role of Receptionist here at The Fernes, as I am a real people person. I have built a lovely rapport with residents, loved ones and staff and this home is such a lovely environment, not only to work in, but to live in.

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Tony Hemsley

Head of Maintenance

My name is Tony and I am the Head of Maintenance here at The Fernes. I have been with Barchester since 2014 and I very much enjoy the challenges of working at the home.

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Emma Pulman

Head of Housekeeping

My previously worked as a Housekeeper at Uplands, Fareham, where I was part of a team of 5. This was a challenging role where no two days were ever the same; it was also a very rewarding role.

I started at The Fernes before the building was completed and was fully involved in setting up the housekeeping and laundry departments at The Fernes. Within two months, I was promoted to Head of Housekeeping and, together with my team, we ensure that residents are as comfortable in their new home as they can be, taking away the worry of laundry and cleaning.

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Rebeca Strugariu

Senior Carer

Hi, my name is Rebeca, and I come from the heart of Transylvania, but have lived in the UK since 2009. I've been working in care since 2011.

I've worked in a few care homes before I was given the honour to become part of this wonderful team at The Fernes as a Senior Carer. I am very passionate about my job and I will always walk into the home with a smile, ready to care for residents and brightening up their day.

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