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 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 continues to develop his knowledge, he is currently completing his Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care, alongside 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.
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.
‘ I have been working in care for the past 14 years (CQC rated Outstanding), the residents and the team remain the heart of what I do. My values are fairness and equality.
I was fortunate enough to complete my level 5 diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care (completed in February 2021) which consolidated my practice to ensure I deliver the best care to everyone.
I am team player which i also demonstrated in my social life as I am a member of Barnstaple Ladies FC. I was previously a vice captain at Bideford Ladies FC and their welfare officer for several years too.
I am in a long term relationship and we share the love of animals (I have a few!) our 3 dogs keep us active along with our motor home which enables me to explore and relax in my spare time.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the team at Heron’s Lea and to share my experience and develop further. ‘
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