Anita Dymond - Owner / Managing Director

Anita Dymond

Anita has been responsible for the running of Herons Lea since 1994 when she first opened the care home. It has grown very steadily over the years & now is recognised as one of the highest quality care homes in North Devon – an achievement she &  her 35 staff are very proud of.

In September 2015, due to demand, she opened the ‘Herons Lodge Day Care Centre’ in the grounds of Herons Lea. This has proved very popular, and places have filled very quickly.

Anita has very high standards of staff recruitment and exacting standards in her care provision of the older person.

Yannick Lavictoire - Registered Manager


Yannick joined the Heron’s Lea team, as Deputy Manager, with over 15 years’ experience in management, in the hospitality sector. Having been a partner in an established local business and manager of a range of hospitality establishments in North Devon, Yannick is enjoying applying his skills to this role, alongside staff at Heron’s Lea.

Yannick’s move to the care sector was motivated by his passion for developing relationships and caring for others, supported by Anita and Linda. He enjoys getting to know each resident, ensuring he spends time with them to understand their interests and needs. As Yannick has successfully completed his Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care (August 2023). He continues to develop his knowledge and keeps updated by studying a range of other Social Care qualifications.

Having moved to Devon 17 years ago, in the search of a more rural lifestyle, Yannick has developed his interests from trekking and cycling on the moors to cooking, using local ingredients. He is also very passionate about Formula 1 and enjoys Grand Prix weekends, during the racing season

Rosie Toleman - Deputy Care Manager

Rosie was born and raised in North Devon and is passionate about the area and improving the lives of people who live and work here, she is passionate about achieving high standards of care and the role of social prescribing in the community and care homes. 

She has worked in a variety of care settings since leaving school, including live-in care, nursing homes and domiciliary care. Rosie returned to Petroc in 2019 to study a Health and Social Care degree. She really enjoyed returning to education to complete a BA (Hons) Degree in Health & Social Care and is looking forward to putting what she has learnt into practice as the deputy manager of Herons Lea. 

Outside of work and education, Rosie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and walking her two dogs. 

Oliver Dymond - Operations Manager

Oliver is responsible for; property, utilities and maintenance as well as implementing the online/digital marketing strategies.

Before heading to London, Oliver worked in Herons Lodge Daycare Centre for just under two years which he thoroughly enjoyed. All the clients and their families agreed he was a great asset to the lodge as he is instinctively compassionate and caring. Everyone was sad to see him go.  His experience of working in the daycare centre was of great value to our company ethos.

Oliver is interested in future technologies, this includes keeping up with current ones and implementing new technology where beneficial.

His hobbies include Chelsea FC, most sports, travelling, food/music festivals and Netflix in his free time.


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