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:

Jessa Avila

Jessa Avila

General Manager

Hi, my name is Jessa, and I am the General Manager here at White Lodge. Welcome to our website!

I am a licensed nurse, originally from the Philippines, with an unsurpassed track record in home care experience, both clinical and management. I qualified in the UK in 2013 and achieved my first management post in 2016. Throughout the years, I have worked in different healthcare environments, where I developed a passion for palliative care and supporting people with dementia.

My dedication to excellence has earned me loyalty from residents and outstanding merits from my colleagues. My goal is to be a part of your or a loved one's new journey in life. I commit to making residents feel loved, cared for and safe at White Lodge.

Marius Cris

Marius Cris

Deputy manager

Marius joined White Lodge in 2015 as a General Nurse. He has made great progress and advanced to the role of Clinical lead in just a short time. He is a valued member of the senior team.

Tina Hughes

Tina Hughes

Activities Coordinator

I have previously worked for Barchester at White Lodge in 2008 for over 6 years as part of the activities team, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I have now decided to return to my role after missing it greatly.

I enjoy my job and it's lovely to see residents happy, laughing and enjoying themselves; it makes me feel like I’m really making a difference whilst being here.

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Tilly Mwakatuma

Tilly Mwakatuma

Unit Lead - Memory Lane

I have worked with Barchester for ten years, but have only been at White Lodge since April 2016, where I was promoted to the Unit Lead for Memory Lane. I find it very rewarding working in Memory Lane with people who have different types of dementia and supporting their families. I feel very honoured to be part of a supportive team, as we all know that it can be very stressful at times but also very rewarding. I do encourage my team to be as supportive and understanding as possible towards the residents families due to the fact there are many emotional factors which play a massive part of this element.

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Charlotte Morley

Charlotte Morley

I have always had a passion for healthcare and working with others. I have a very compassionate and caring nature and nothing pleases me more than to know I have made a difference to the lives of others.

I think it is such an important part of care to work in activities I enjoy encouraging the residents to fulfil their wishes and continue to engage in activities they may have enjoyed whilst living at home. I am really pleased to be a part of the team here at White Lodge.

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Kim Tarling

Kim Tarling

Administrator

I have worked as an administrator in the care sector since 2003. I worked my way up to a Senior Administrator and I would travel around the South of England completing audits, training and supporting other administrators in their homes.

I enjoy working with my team and having the help and support that I need. I love meeting residents and their loved ones and building friendships with them.

I am proud of what I have achieved in my work and the progress that I have made over the year, and I am even prouder of my little boy.

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Vicky Sheppard

Vicky Sheppard

Admin Assistant

I have worked for Barchester for over 10 years now. I started as a Care Assistant, worked as part of the housekeeping team, then I moved from White Lodge to Hunters, our sister home in Cirencester, as a Receptionist/Activities Assistant, eventually progressing to Admin Assistant, then Administrator.

I moved back to White lodge in November 2017 as an Administrator, which was a proud moment. In October 2018, I decided to take the opportunity to return to the role of Admin Assistant/Receptionist, where I can be more hands-on with residents and their loved ones.

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Nigel Kidd

Nigel Kidd

Maintenance Manager

Nigel has been with Barchester since 2008 and was presented with his 10 year Long Service Award in 2018. He started at White Lodge as an assistant in 2016 and worked his way up to management. He enjoys his role and has a great rapport with residents and loved ones. He has a passion for classic cars and brings them in on a regular basis to show to residents.

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Sorin-Ionel Gros-Orasanu

Sorin-Ionel Gros-Orasanu

Head CHef

I have more than 10 years experience and have worked for multi rosette rated and fine dining restaurants. Being a Chef, became for me, a passion and a way of life.

Resident Ambassador

Resident Ambassador

Jeanie is 94 and was born in Glasgow ,Jeanie used to be a Matron of a care home for many years, so is looking forward to her role in helping new residents settle into the home.

Jeanie likes to be active ,enjoys gardening and meeting new people.

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01666 718 341

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01666 860 381

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