Meet the Vecta House 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:

Nichola Shepherd

Nichola Shepherd

General Manager

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

Before joining Barchester, I was General Manager of The Briars in Sandown, which was a specialised dementia care home. 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.

Emma Sutton

Deputy Manager

I joined Barchester at the age of 17 and realised I wanted to pursue a career in adult nursing. I went on to study Nursing at the University of Worcester, where I obtained a first class BSc(Hons) degree classification.

I have experienced a wide range of experience within acute and community healthcare settings, pre and post-registration. Since qualifying, I have worked within trauma and orthopaedics, acute coronary care and in elderly care settings.

I am clinically passionate about the complexity of elderly care and dementia care provision, compassionate practice implementation, staff well-being and clinical education and teaching.

I am really looking forward to integrating within the team at Vecta House and striving for excellence within specialist dementia care.

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Nicola Middlebrook

Nicola Middlebrook


I began my career as a laboratory technician and changed to administration in 1996. In 2002, I joined Vecta House and worked here for 12 years until transferring to Braeburn Lodge, another Barchester home. In 2017, I relocated back to the Isle of Wight, so had to resign as Braeburn's Administrator, which is when I decided to return to Vecta House.

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Tammy Busby

Hello,  my name is Tammy Busby, and I am the Lifestyle Leader here at Vecta House. I have worked for Barchester for around 7 years, mainly as a senior care assistant, but now have taken on the position on the Lifestyle Leader. 

I am very passionate about my work and enjoy every aspect of my job, Bringing a smile to residents’ faces is my main priority, and I strive to always do my best for each and every person living in this home.

I feel proud to do this job and can go home knowing that I have made a difference to the lives of so many residents at Vecta House. I am also proud to be part of such a brilliant team!”

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Ririn Sawtiri

Admin Assistant

Hi my name is Arini Sawitri, but people usually call me Ririn. I am the first point of contact in the home, therefore I'd like to promote a welcoming environment for our relatives and visitors who are coming to Vecta House.

Prior to my time at Vecta House, I was working in a telecommunication company in Indonesia as a Customer Relation Representative.

I started my journey at Vecta House as a Care Assistant in 2016, I took the opportunity for a role Admin Assistant after 3 months of joining in and have since been taken up the role of duty Aministrator for part time. With no familiarity in the healthcare industry I began to relish the role and enjoyed every element to support the team at Vecta House.




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Christopher Selway

Christopher Selway

Head Chef

Hello, my name is Chris, and I have been working at Vecta since June 2018.

Before joining Vecta, I spent 10 years as the Head Chef at another care home, working closely with people living with dementia.

It is an age-old saying that ‘home is where the heart is’, and to me the heart of all homes should be the kitchen. The pattern of our life revolves around food and drink; it sustains, nurtures and brings us together as family, and friends. It marks times of celebration and significant events, reminding us of what is important in our life.

I enjoy spending time with residents, learning about their individual likes, dislikes and needs. This is their home and I try to create menus that respect this and involve them in this process as much as possible by recreating meals that they have come to love and food that they cherish.

Quality ingredients and presentation is essential; if something is to have value it should look good and reflect the care that has gone into its making.

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Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Head of Maintenance

Andrew is the Head of Maintenance here at Vecta House, and joined the team in 2019.

Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell

Gardener/Maintenance Support

Matt has worked at Vecta since January 2016. The outside space at Vecta is a very important part of his life. There are 6 gardens for residents to choose to spend time in.

Linda Walton

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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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01983 623 218

All other calls

01983 525 521

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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