Staff Philosophy

We have a strong family ethos and no matter what someone’s role within the home is we encourage them to embrace that way of working. This means treating everyone, residents, families, friends and colleagues, with care and respect.

It is very important to us that all our staff recognise the individuality of every resident as a fundamental part of their approach to delivering care or working in the home.

Delivering good care is all about creating great relationships, and together we work hard to create a warm, friendly and welcoming environment where lives are enriched through receiving the best care possible.

John Walton


John grew up in Manchester and has personal experience of being part of a small family living with and caring for a relation (his grandmother, who lived to be 101) and equally of the emotions experienced when a family can no longer provide 24/7 care at home.

When he became the owner of Woodleigh Christian Care Home in 2003 he committed himself to the safe and compassionate care of their residents. John works in the business every day, making sure that all Woodleigh Care’s residents are enjoying life to the best of their ability.

Co-owner of the business is John’s wife Gail, who is a GP in Ilkeston and they have three children. Outside of work, John’s spare time centres on involvement with the family’s sports commitments and with Trinity Methodist Church Long Eaton –and in particular it’s Youth Work.

Rachel Squire

Group Operations Manager

Rachel has over seven years experience working in care for older adults, and has specialised in care for people living with dementia. She is passionate about her role at WoodleighCare and has been with the company since 2014 when Baily House opened, training many of the staff. She believes in providing care that recognises everyone as an individual, treating their needs and wishes with dignity and respect.

Rachel is always looking for new ways to deliver great care and strongly advocates regular staff training and professional development. She herself has gained her NVQ Level 5 registered managers award and is eager to ensure that all other staff at across the WoodleighCare group have the opportunity to progress in their careers, to the benefit of all the home’s residents.

Kristian Morgan

Home Manager

I have worked in the care industry for around 13 years starting as a care assistant for Nottinghamshire County Council. I fell in love with the care sector early on, realising that I had a passion to make a real difference to the lives on our most vulnerable people and their loved ones.

I have developed professionally to strive for very high standards of care for our residents and in the development of the care staff. I have a passion for excellent dementia care of residents and their loved ones; and a great interest in neuro-degenerative diseases.

I believe that modern health and social care is still in transition to a more person-centred standard and that is my passion.

Personally, I have been involved in various martial arts for the last 25 years with a great interest in self-protection. I have predominantly been involved in Brazilian- Jiujitsu (grappling) competing nationally and internationally as well as having a passion for teaching others. This has given me a good ability to focus and problem solve.

Kirsten Gough

Clinical lead nurse

I started working for Woodleigh Care as a Nurse in July 2017 and very quickly fell in love with the residents and staff alike. Although primarily my role is here at Woodleigh Christian Care Home, my responsibility doesn’t end there. As Clinical Lead I am committed to ensuring the best care is provided by our nursing staff and care staff at Woodleigh.

I have two children of my own and two stepdaughters and Fiancé James, who I love to spend as much time with in any spare time I have. I love to sing and I am generally a happy and bubbly person.

Diane Griffiths

Catering Manager

As the Catering Manager and Cook I get a huge amount of job satisfaction. I believe mealtimes are at the heart of any home, so it is a pleasure for me to cook and to see people enjoying their meals. I do my best to ensure all individual needs are met, and favourite meals incorporated into a well-balanced menu using fresh produce to maximise not only on flavour but, most importantly, health benefits. I consider it a great privilege to care for people and being able to make a difference, if only in a very small way, is very rewarding.

Helen Curzon


Being Chaplain for both Woodleigh Christian Care Home and Baily House means I play a part in ensuring the lives of our residents are both fulfilling and purposeful, which gives me a huge amount of enjoyment and satisfaction.

As Chaplain I have an opportunity not only to share in a person’s faith or spiritual needs, but to support them with their emotional, physical and practical needs and support their families too.

My role gives a voice to those who may not otherwise be heard, ensuring equality, dignity, purpose and respect are promoted for everyone in a just and equal manner and without exception.

Jo Curzon


I joined the Woodleigh team in January 2017 as Receptionist.  I am responsible for greeting visitors, answering the telephone, carrying out various administration duties and being the first point of call. I am from an administration background, but also have 3 years’ experience working as a Senior Care Assistant. The warm welcome I have received from all staff and residents since starting at Woodleigh has been fantastic and I hope to be part of the Woodleigh family for many years to come.

At the weekends I take my Son to various freestyle dance competitions all over the country, and I also enjoy visiting my Daughter who is at University in Leicester. As a family we enjoy going to see various shows and generally spending time together.

Leah Wall


From being a Carer and then the Housekeeper I know how an individual’s needs change on a daily basis, so I like to support them in any way possible. I like to keep all areas of the home to an exceptional high standard of cleanliness, so that our residents and their families feel cared for and safe when they need it most. I take immense pride in my work and I strive to make a difference to both the Resident’s and my colleagues in a warm and friendly home.

In my spare time, I am my Mum’s main carer, and enjoy spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren, as well as taking our dogs for walks in the country.

Chris Foreman

IT and Training

I started working at Woodleigh as a care assistant, and have held various roles in the homes leading up to my current role as Systems Manager. I like anything technical and always have a few projects on the go – probably too many! In my spare time I play for Mansfield Cricket Club, and love nothing more than being with my Family.

Jeff Dennis