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.

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.


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.

Sharni Marsh

Resident and Relative Liaison Coordinator

Hi, I have worked both at Woodleigh Christian Care Home and our sister home, Baily House.  I love all our residents. If they, their family or friends want to know anything I am the person.  I am involved from the moment  anyone makes an enquiry, looks around and as their loved one settles in.

I help with care planning, activities and everything that goes on in the home.





Lisa Little

Administration manager and HR

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.


Charlie Deane

Ambitions Coordinator

My most favourite thing to do in life is to put a smile on people’s face.

I have worked at Woodleigh for over eight years and done almost every job here.  I love my residents and making them happy and finding new and different activities.

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.






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.

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.




Eamonn Swan


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





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.






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.