Meet Our Wonderful Team
and Get to Know a Little About Them
Hello, I’m Andrew, firstly, I’m delighted to be part of New Forest Quaker Care Home Ltd.
I’m originally from Cumbria, but moved around quite a bit being in the military, I started to settle “down south” from London to Hampshire. Once I left the armed forces 20 years ago I embarked into the care industry. I started as a care worker and progressed to CEO and a company owner. My main experience has been within domiciliary care, residential and nursing homes, especially in dementia care.
I’m also in my final year as a very mature mental health nursing student with Bournemouth University.
I have 6 children and in my spare time “ha-ha” spare time! I like to listen to music, reading and walks in the beautiful new forest.
Ieva holds a level 3 diploma in health and social care and is currently studying level 5 leadership in adult care. Ieva has worked in care since 2010 as a care assistant in domiciliary care and care home settings. She has also worked as a support worker for learning disabilities.
Ieva started her career at the New Forest Quaker Care Home in 2012 as a care assistant, progressing to Senior Carer in 2015, then to Team Leader in 2017. Then in January 2019, Ieva was promoted to Deputy Manager. Ieva became our registered manager at New Forest Quaker Care Home on 16th March 2023.
Outside of work, Ieva enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her husband and her dog, Max.
Melanie has been involved in elderly care for the past 14 years and started her career as part of a domiciliary agency in 2009. She then worked as a private care giver for a few years and for the last 6 years has worked in care homes.
Melanie joined the team at New Forest Quaker Care Home as a Senior care assistant in September 2022 and was promoted to the position of Deputy Manager in March 2023. She has recently attained her NVQ Level 3 in Adult care.
Barbara has been working in various accounts roles for over 30 years, her main role as a finance manager was for a promotional gift company. Barbara is very much looking forward to her role as Finance manager within Quaker House.
When Barbara is not working, her hobbies include photography/cooking/dancing and walking with her husband and Poppy, their Cocker Spaniel. She also enjoys travelling around the globe and raising funds for Breast Cancer care. One of Barbara’s trips was to China where she walked along The Great Wall of China, and raised over £6000.
Amanda has worked in the care sector for over 25 years. She joined New Forest Quaker Care Home in 2005, as a Day & Night carer. In 2016 Amanda was appointed as our Housekeeper. She leads a team of domestic and laundry staff and supports the residents and the home with all aspects of housekeeping.
Outside of work Amanda’s hobbies include spending time with her family, walking her dog, riding her bicycle & cross stitch.
Duncan has been working within the food industry for over 20 years, holding a variety of different roles during this time. He joined Quaker House last year and brings a wealth of experience from his time in hospitability and catering. Duncan’s role at Quaker House is to ensure all residents are catered for, with a focus on unprocessed, whole foods, sourced locally and cooked to residents liking. He is always working with residents to develop the menu and offer dishes to cater for all tastes. Recently Duncan has been busy growing vegetables and herbs in our garden, adding these into the recipes served to residents.
When Duncan is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, forest walks and fishing.
Andy has worked as an Environmental Health Officer for New Forest District Council from 1992 until 2020 before having a total career change into the world of buildings and grounds maintenance. Since 2020 Andy has worked at a school, a park homes site and at a riding therapy college for young adults. Andy does all the maintenance around our home.
In Andy’s spare time, he enjoys running, swimming and fishing, particularly in the Scottish Highlands.
Although Sophie is new to the care section, she has worked in admin for over 6 years, working in both London and Dorchester in various office environments. Sophie greets all Quaker House visitors and deals with enquiries. She also interacts with the residents, which she enjoys, and helps them out with any queries they might have.
Outside of work Sophie enjoys travelling, going on beach walks with her family and their two dogs and attends a mini trampoline fitness class.
VickyActivities and Wellbeing Companion
Vicky was a teacher for 17 years, initially in secondary schools and then chose to work in the primary sector where she also taught special needs children. She then had a late family and went into activities and wellbeing in the care section. Vicky organises all the Home’s activities, from exercise classes to singers/performers as well arts and crafts and movie nights.
Outside of work, Vicky and her husband Everett are keen members of the National trust and they also enjoy sea fishing. Vicky also enjoys reading and sings in a local Church choir and is part of the Mini Cooper Register for Dorset.
Our Board of Trustees
The governance of New Forest Quaker Care Home is undertaken by an independent, voluntary and unpaid board of Trustee’s. All are local people who give up their time to help ensure the Care Home remains an important service to the local community, providing excellent care within a charitable and not for profit ethos. The Board of Trustees also ensure that the organisation complies with all Charity Commission rules and regulations (we are a Registered Charity No. 1156022) plus all other Company Registration and Care Quality Commission standards.
The main responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are to:
- Set the annual budget and fee increase plus monitor all expenditure and income
- Appoint the most senior Managers and ensure we act as a responsible employer for all our staff
- Monitor that all care, building and financial standards and regulations are fully compliant
- Ensure that our Care Home remains a caring, safe and happy place for all who live and work there or visit it
The Board of Trustees normally meets once a month with other occasional meetings and visits as required.
Would you be interested in joining us as a Trustee? If so please feel free to make an initial enquiry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply drop by and enquire. A Trustee will respond to your enquiry and discuss matters further. New Trustees are then invited to meet other Trustees and serve a trial period. We welcome all local people with appropriate experience and time to offer, in particular those who might have backgrounds in care, finance, buildings and human resources.