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:

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Nicola Sherpherd

General Manager

Hi, my name is Nicola and I am the General Manager here at Vecta House. Welcome to our website!

Before joining Barchester, I was the Home Manager of The Briars in Sandown; it was a specialised dementia care home that was rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC. I managed 3 other care homes before joining Vecta House.

I started my career in the care sector as an apprentice many years ago in 1989 and fell in love with helping people.  I am passionate about delivering excellent dementia care and working closely with my staff to develop an outstanding team.

I was nominated by my previous staff team and healthcare professionals for 'Isle of Wight Manager of the Year', which I also won.

I am very proud to have managed to make a difference to peoples' lives.

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Julieta Pascual

Head of Care

I feel so blessed to be part of the team of Vecta House. Before I worked in the U.K., I worked as a Company Nurse for more than five years in an Accident and Emergency Clinic run by an Italian Firm in the Philippines. The reason I applied to work in the U.K. was to gain more experience in another field of Nursing by looking after older people. I was interested in this because whilst I was in my teenage life, I looked after my grand parents for a couple of years until the end of their lives.

I did my nursing adaptation at Westwood House in Sydenham for three months, and then Ian Leitch, our Home Manager at Vecta House came to collect us at Westwood House and drove us to the Isle of Wight. I was so amazed of how the Manager supported us during that time by sorting out our accommodation and gave us a warm welcome. I will be ten years at Vecta House this month and I feel so lucky to be part of this team.

I started as a Staff Nurse for five years then I became a Head of Unit when the home was extended in 2007. I became the Head of Care in 2010, after my predecessor returned home to Scotland, and in 2014 I was promoted to Deputy Manager. My role and responsibility have become bigger than I expected in my life, but working with a very good team had helped me fulfil my current role. Vecta House is a Specialist Dementia Care Unit and has up to 54 residents with different complex needs. We provide the best care in a person centred way. Making them feel at home. Meeting their physical, emotional, medical, mental and psychological needs are essential to us. Supporting their families and friends are also part of our objective. I only hope to continue what I do and looking forward to more years to come.

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Dorothy Hughes


I have been Administrator at Vecta House since July 2015.

For more years than I care to remember I have been a self-employed accountant working first in North London and then on the Isle of Wight. I experienced at first hand the exceptional care given to my husband by the team at Vecta House during his illness and always kept in touch, so when there was a vacancy for an Administrator I applied and as they say the rest is history!

I feel very privileged to be part of this excellent team supporting our residents and their families through some of the toughest moments of their lives. When time and energy permit I love to create by painting flowers and animals in different mediums.

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Paula McVeigh

Activities Coordinator

Prior to taking over as the Activities Organiser at Vecta House, I was a Care Assistant working for a year in this role.  I have great pride in my new role and take on the occupational and leisure activities needs of all our residents, with the help of our dedicated team.

Our main aim is to put smiles on residents faces.  We have a selection of activities that take place daily.  We have fun filled afternoons with singing and dancing and we also have our relaxation afternoons for those who prefer something quieter, even if it is a chat and a cup of tea and a little one to one time.

We have regular mini bus trips out as the Isle of Wight offers an amazing array of opportunities to enjoy the landscapes, seascapes and beaches.  Our favourite trips out are to the garden centres and beaches or, even a drive round the countryside on a rainy day offers relaxation and stimulation to many of our residents. 

We have lovely gardens at Vecta House where you can just sit and relax or wander from garden to garden.  We have many activities associated with the gardens and this enables many to enjoy outside life.  Gardening is a favourite as this enables residents to get their hands dirty and enjoy the regular care and watering of the flowers and plants.

My challenge never stops and there is always some one new to meet who has a unique life history with many stories to tell.  This gives us a unique opportunity to give the residents the most fulfilling ways to enjoy their days.

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Graeme Ould

Head Chef

I have been Head Chef at Vecta House for 16 years!

 I love cooking good, honest, traditional fare using fresh and mostly local produce. I love the clients I provide for and many of them require amendments to their diets, or the presentation and consistency.  To achieve a correct balance between these special needs, whilst ensuring a well considered, and nutritionally balanced diet through each day is my greatest ongoing challenge. Food and drink are the foundations on which all of us thrive. These are the things I have in mind when I approach my work; I have the opportunity to make a difference, and I do!

I have a great team around me, and together I am confident that we can offer an excellent service, sometimes in challenging circumstances.

My greatest joy, like many chef's I suppose, is to see empty plates and satisfied residents at the end of a meal.

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Jordan Leitch

Maintenance Manager

My introduction to Barchester Healthcare occurred whilst assisting a contractor onsite with some landscaping work. I felt totally at ease within this environment and decided that this was where I wanted to be.

I started working for Barchester Healthcare as a Kitchen Assistant at Vecta House and then extended my horizons to become a Maintenance Assistant. When an opening arose I secured the position of Maintenance Manager and I have enjoyed this challenge ever since.

My goal is to maintain Vecta House to the highest standards and provide the safest environment possible for residents.

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Linda Walton


I have been working at Vecta House for 18 years. I started as a Kitchen Assistant, developed my skills and became Second Chef for a few years, then took the opportunity to become Housekeeper, when my predecessor retired nearly 6 years ago.

I have a great team of cleaners and laundry assistants, and we enjoy working together. We enjoy meeting the challenges of keeping the home clean and well presented, and the residents' clothes in good condition. We take a particular pride in the standards we maintain, and we are frequently complimented by visitors to the building. Passing on those compliments really helps me keep the team motivated, and satisfied with their efforts.

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