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:

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 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.

Julie Balllard

Julie Balllard

Deputy Manager

I joined Vecta House as the Deputy Manager in 2018. I am a registered nurse by background and have over 30 years of varied nursing experience, including working for the NHS, private and commercial sectors.

Before joining Vecta House, I worked for the government and for specialist nursing teams, looking after people with long-term neurological conditions.

I enjoy working with all the staff here and endeavour to make Vecta a place for residents to feel safe, cared for and at home.

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Nicola Middlebrook

Nicola Middlebrook

Administrator

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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Alison Eldridge

Alison Eldridge

Lifestyle Leader

Hi, my name is Ali Eldridge, and I am the Lifestyle Leader here at Vecta House. I have worked for Barchester for over 20 years, mainly as a care assistant, but now have taken this position on the activities team.

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

Ririn Sawtiri

Admin Assistant

Hi, my name is Ririn, and I am an admin assistant here at Vecta.

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

Housekeeper

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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