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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Fran Sharp

General Manager

Fran Sharp joined the RAF in 1985 and then became a lecturer in the further education teaching sector in 2004.

After working in the domiciliary sector for 5 years, she became the Deputy Manager at Wheatlands in 2008 and was appointed as the General Manager in 2011.

Fran gained qualifications in City & Guilds 7407 Stage 2 Further Education, Social Care, Dementia and Care of the Elderly, and was awarded with a post-graduate certificate in Management Studies (with credit) from Revans University and is a graduate member of the International Management Centres Association. Fran was awarded the Licentiateship Award for Health & Social Care Level 4 and Management Level 4 in 2007.

She lives locally at Telford and has 3 children. She has two adult daughters - one of whom works at the Wheatlands as a Senior Carer - and one son who is studying Psychology at University.  Fran's eldest daughter is working as a Speech and Language Therapist at Preston Hospital.

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Claire Brewer

Deputy Manager

Claire Brewer is Deputy Manager at Wheatlands and has worked at the home since May 2013. Claire is dedicated to Wheatlands and supports the General Manager in all aspects of running the home. Claire is passionate about high quality care and loves her job entirely. She promotes the Wheatlands philosophy that we all work in our residents' home and this is respected at all times. Claire sees each resident as an individual and knowing their likes and dislikes is paramount in achieving the best possible outcome.

Outside of work, Claire spends time with her husband and her two children. Life is busy and their motto is 'live each day to the full'. 

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Carla Kitson

Team Leader - Elderly Frail

Carla joined Wheatlands in February 2015 as Team Leader on Elderly Frail unit. She provides high quality care to ensure comfort and dignity to each of our residents, as well as providing leadership to a team of carers and contributing to the individualised person centred care planning process for each resident, recording appropriate interactions and observations.

Carla commenced in the care sector in 1992 as a Carer and has progressed in her career enjoying the interaction and commitment by looking after residents in a person centred way. 
Carla enjoys sharing a laugh with both families and residents and makes time to get to know each one individually and their family member so they feel comfortable to approach her at any time.

It is very important to Carla to create a safe, respected, caring and supportive environment in which residents are happy and content.

Carla lives in Telford with her family and a loving husband, has 2 grown up children and 2 wonderful grandchildren.

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Susie Oakley


I am Susie, the Administrator at Wheatlands. I have been at Wheatlandssince December 2006. In December 2017, I stepped from the shoes of Receptionist/Administrative Assistant into the shoes of Administrator to cover the previous Administrator, who is on maternity leave. I look forward to the new challenges that await me within my new role.

I am responsible for meeting and greeting families and visitors with a warm and friendly smile. I am very enthusiastic and reliable and I do my upmost to assist visitors and residents in a prompt, professional manner. Within my role I assist the Administrator with various tasks and am NVQ qualified. I am always on hand with a friendly welcome and offer of assistance. I am chatty, patient and am a good listener.

I live locally with my son and have 2 dogs. I have grown up in Much Wenlock and know the local community very well. I have always been a people person. My previous employment was front of house in a large reputable car dealership.

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Claire Oliver

Activities Coordinator

Hi, my name is Claire and I am the Activities Coordinator. I have worked at the Wheatlands since February 2012 and started my career here as a Care Assistant, but when the opportunity arose to become an Activities Coordinator, I jumped at the chance. Since then, I have loved every moment and enjoy the interactions with residents.

I have a great job ensuring that residents are happy and have loads of fun in and out of the home. We have a varied weekly and monthly activities program, which includes tea parties in the Vintage Café, arts & crafts, baking, board games, quizzes, canal trips, soup lunches and visits from local entertainment, who provide live music for the residents to get up and dance to – even with some lovely wine or lager (whatever tickles your fancy!). We also have movie afternoons/evenings on our big screen TV.

Our aim at the Wheatlands is to ensure that residents are as happy as they can possibly be and enjoy living at the home.

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Kim Sharp

Senior Carer

I joined Barchester in September 2013 as a Care Assistant and progressed to Senior Carer. I provide high quality care to residents on Memory Lane and provide leadership and supervision for Carers. I have gained my NVQ 2 in Health & Social Care and I am working towards my NVQ 3.

I was nominated as a Barchester Healthcare divisional finalist for ‘Carer of the Year’ at the 2017 Barchester Care Awards; and also as a finalist for the ‘Sunshine Radio Awards’ in 2016.

I love my job and make every resident feel loved and cared for. I treat everyone exactly how I would like to be treated myself, without exception. I come to work cheerful every day and believe my job is worthwhile. It is demanding, but very rewarding.

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Brandon Hickman-Grant

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

I am Brandon and I stepped into the role of Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in November 2017. I have been at the Wheatlands since November 2015, where I started as a Care Assistant on day shifts.

I am responsible for meeting and greeting all families and visitors with a warm and friendly smile (followed by an offering of a Brandon made cup of tea or coffee!). I am very excited to take on the honour of being the first face that people see when they walk through the doors. Since I've worked as a Care Assistant, I know each and every one of the residents very well and always pop by to say hello and see how they are getting on.

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Shane Davies

Head Chef

I am the Head Chef at the Wheatlands. I studied Hospitality & Catering in College gaining Level 2 NVQ. I have previously worked in a variety of restaurants. I joined Barchester Healthcare in 2009 and have worked in various homes within Shropshire. This experience has provided me with a valuable insight into catering within the care industry. My role includes providing nutritious meals for our residents which reflects their likes and dislikes. I review the menus to ensure all food is appetising and delicious. My aim is to give our residents the best possible dining experience and ensure we continue to serve the best food.

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Mac Rathbone

Maintenance Manager

I am Mac (short for Malcom) and I am the Maintenance Manager at Wheatlands. My background has always been in maintenance, having served my apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering many years ago.

I have worked for Barchester since 2008 in the same role, although in different homes. I have been at Wheatlands since 2015 and it is a job I love and enjoy. It keeps me very busy, whether I am carrying out general maintenance, daily safety checks and inspections or refurbishing our rooms or working in our extensive gardens. I also like keeping an eye on the produce we grow in our poly tunnel, greenhouse and raised beds to supply our kitchen with fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables, which residents enjoy preparing.

Most of all, it is the residents who make my job very special and I always find time to have a chat with them and help them to put up their own pictures, family photos, memorabilia or furniture in their room so that they feel more at home.

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Lynda Jackson


Lynda joined Wheatlands in 1997 as a Domestic Assistant. She has worked her way up and is now Housekeeper. Lynda is responsible for both housekeeping and laundry, and has a team of domestic assistants and laundry staff to ensure Wheatlands is presented in a clean and tidy manner at all times. She enjoys interacting and chatting to residents and ensuring a prompt laundry service is provided. 

Lynda lives locally and in her spare time has fun with her family and friends. She has three grown up daughters and seven grandchildren who keep her very active and busy.

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