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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Paul Hoey

Head of Maintenance

I started at The Fernes in 2019 and have worked in maintenance and gardening since 2004. I have achieved 2 silver awards in The South & South West in Bloom.

I look forward to the challenges ahead!

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Head Housekeeper

I have been at The Fernes since July 2018, starting as a temp administrator. In March 2019, the role of Head Housekeeper became available, and I was asked to take on the role.

I am a very dedicated and passionate person and have taken on this role with commitment and pride.

I love working within the care sector and enjoy spending time with residents and their loved ones.

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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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Activities Coordinator

My name is Rachel, I have worked in Care Industry for 20 years and I have had various roles within the industry. I have now found a role in which I am very passionate about.

I started at The Fernes in February 2019, and I knew from day one, I had found the perfect role and environment to work in.

I am passionate about making every day here an enjoyable experience for everyone. I particularly enjoy talking and getting to know everyone. I am a very driven individual and like to plan each activity with my colleagues to ensure everyone’s needs are adhered to.

I am a very happy and bubbly person and love my job. I am here to have fun and succeed in my new role.

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