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 Williams

Group Operations Manager for Woodleighcare

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.

Sarah Milnes

Home Manager

I have worked in the care sector from the age of 18, I qualified as an adult nurse from Nottingham University School of Nursing. I have lots of experience with complex care and dementia care, I have a passion for palliative care and have lots of experience nursing people during their final weeks and days. I have won awards for my work in palliative care and for my dedication and passion in the care sector. I found myself dedicating my career to ensuring that everyone I had the privilege of caring for received the best care possible, emphasising to colleagues that we only get one chance to get it right, encouraging colleagues to progress in their own careers and supporting them to reach their full potential. I believe that leading by example is the best formula for an outstanding team. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to festivals and try to keep fit, I love dogs of all shapes and sizes, I have 2 of my own but would love many more if I had the time! I am passionate about pet therapy in care homes.

Lesley-Anne Cooper

Deputy Manager

Lels joined the Woodleigh team in February 2019 having been a very experienced lead nurse.  Lels has worked in health and social care for 11 years and has built strong professional relationships with the multidisciplinary team within our local area.  Lels has also acquired exceptional clinical skills in a variety of areas, including palliative care. Lels excepts nothing short of excellent standards of care and has a reputation for being thorough, kind and caring.  She sets a very high standard in the nursing profession and has a remarkable reputation for ensuring that people in her care receive outstanding, personalised, dignified care and promoting the best quality of life possible.


Sharron Craddock

Clinical lead nurse

Sharron is a hard working, dedicated and kind nurse who has a wealth of experience working with older people. As a devoted Christian she works alongside Helen Curzon to deliver the chaplaincy and pastoral care within home, whilst also managing the nursing care delivered within the home, both as a nurse on shift and as a supporting role.


Carol Jewkes

Care Planner

My role is to talk to the residents and their families to find out all about them so that we can plan and give the best possible care.

I trained as a nurse - many years ago! - and have worked and lived around Mansfield all my life.  I was born in the "Brown Cow" car park!

My nursing background is in Accident & Emergency and District Nursing, all skills I can usefully transfer here at Woodleigh.

Marion Hicks

Ambitions Coordinator

My role as ambitions coordinator is so varied and I love it. I get a lot of joy from spending time with the residents and helping them achieve their goals and their ambitions.

While a big part of what I do is around activities, I also get to spend a lot of time just talking to people, getting to know them, and being a friend to them which is the most rewarding part by far!


Rachel Jacks

Ambitions Coordinator

I love my role and the residents.  I love to talk - which is great for everyone. I am paid to have the best job in the world - my job is to make people happy and smile.  I spend time caring and making ambitions come true, whether that be going and seeing an idol such as Tom Jones, taking a resident to the pantomime for the first time or just sitting reminiscing about past times.

I also enjoy working with others in the community such as West Nottingham College or Mansfield Library with their Dementia Cinema and their "Inspire" project for those with a dementia.

Julie-Anne McKinnon

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.

Lisa Little


I joined the Woodleigh team in September 2018 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 a retail and administration background. The warm welcome I have received from all staff and residents since starting at Woodleigh has been fantastic - they have welcomed me with open arms and I hope to be part of the Woodleigh family for many years to come.


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


Before I joined the WoodleighCare team I have worked in Maintenance for most of career, from schools to racecourses. One of the main perks of my job is that I meet a lot of people and get to know them and their family.

Outside of work I can rarely keep still and am always looking for something new to build or repair!

Amy Newton

Finance Manager

My role is very varied within WoodleighCare and involves me working across both Woodleigh and Baily House, from managing invoices, to helping the residents with their receipts, and everything in between.