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Meet the Team

In order to maintain the very highest standards of care, we ensure that our team are trained and qualified to care for our residents.

All Home Managers are either qualified nurses or qualified to NVQ Level 4 in Management and Care, and all of our team members are qualified in Care to a minimum NVQ Level 2.

As well as running an intensive induction programme, we provide internal training in statutory subjects such as Safer People Handling, Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, and Health and Safety.

Anybody joining our team is checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

John Hill, Founder

John founded Hill Care in 2001 after he purchased Burton Closes Hall Care Home in Bakewell.

He remains a partner in Heathcotes Care and has been operating in the healthcare market for over twenty years.

Wendy Waddicor, Director & Executive Chair

Wendy joined Hill Care in November 2006, initially as a Regional Manager before progressing to Operations Director, and then Managing Director.

She qualified as a nurse in 1985 before going on to study for a Masters Degree in Business Administration, graduating from Humberside University in 1996.

Wendy has been working in the private healthcare sector for almost 20 years and has overseen the growth and development of the current Hill Care portfolio from just over 100 registered beds to the current 1953 registered beds.

Mandy Vernon, Managing Director

Mandy joined Hill Care in early 2012 as Operations Director, working from the Hill Care head office in Chesterfield, following a short career break where she began to study for her Masters.

A qualified nurse, Mandy has an impressive track record in the care industry, previously working at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital before holding the post of Regional Manager and Operations Director at Four Seasons.

Diane Roberts, Operations Director

Diane has worked in Health and Social Care for 40 years, initially as a Registered General Nurse in medicine, and intensive care and then as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Infection Control.
She gained an MSc in Health Promotion and completed additional nursing qualifications in infection control and research methodologies. Diane moved into the regulatory sector as an Inspector and Inspection Manager for CQC before writing inspection methodology, including the current Key Lines of Enquiry.

More recently, Diane worked as an independent consultant for six years, helping care home providers improve and develop their services before joining Hill Care.

Lynda K Hodgkinson, Development and Governance Director

Lynda joined Hill Care in June 2016 taking on the role of strategic development manager.

She qualified as a Registered Nurse in March 1985, spent twenty years as Home Manager then worked for the same company as a Dementia Care Project Manager where her role was to support homes throughout the country to become centres of excellence in dementia care.

For the months prior to joining Hill Care Lynda worked in the same company as a Project Facilitator where she was involved in developing and introducing a Dementia Framework for the company. Lynda is a qualified Dementia Care Mapper (Bradford University 2006) and has attained the Registered Manager award level 4.

Lynn Walter, Group Quality Manager

Lynn joined Hill Care in March 2010, taking on the role of Senior Regional Manager.

Lynn is a qualified nurse and has many years of experience working in the private sector for a large corporate group where she held the roles of Senior Home Manager, Project Manager and Operations Manager.

Anthony Disney, Estates Manager

Anthony joined Hill Care in 2012 after 28 years of experience in the construction industry.

Working throughout the UK, Anthony trained construction teams and carried out major building works. He also did the same on building projects in Dubai.

Anthony leads the maintenance teams at all Hill Care homes and is responsible for all building works, making sure all the correct building certifications are in place and general upkeep of the homes.

Liza Beukes, Chief Executive Officer

Louise Warburton, Operations & Delivery Director

Louise joined Hill Care as Operations & Delivery Director in 2024. Having worked for several leading healthcare providers in the UK and Europe, Louise brings a wealth of operational and management experience to Hill Care. Her career journey has featured primarily in private equity and venture capital backed multi-site organisations, where she has held roles and gained experience in business development, project management, mergers & acquisition, operational management, and senior leadership to Board level.

Louise is passionate about delivering person-centred healthcare services, underpinned by high levels of quality and integrity, in an environment that offers a great experience for both the service user and the team delivering the service.

Andrea Fox, Regional Manager

Ashley Bailey-Munt, Regional Manager

With over 18 years of experience in health care, Ashley began as a care assistant before becoming a senior care assistant, a unit manager, a deputy manager, and a home manager. 

In addition to his experience in elderly care, Ashley has also worked as a health care assistant in emergency medicine for a few years. 

Ashley earned a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care.

He joined Hill Care in 2019 as a Home Manager and was recently promoted to Regional Manager.

Louise Spooner, Regional Manager

My interest in elderly care began when I was young as I listened to my grandma talk about the care home she operated in the 1960s. When she commissioned a new home in the 1980s I began to work with her in an administrative role, supporting staff and gaining valuable experience and qualifications.

My career with Hill Care began in 2006 and I have managed both dementia and nursing homes in the group. I was delighted to be promoted to the role of Regional Manager in 2022 and have gained my level 5 qualification in Health and Social Care Management.

Ann Gregory, Regional Manager

I have worked in the care sector for 17 years, starting as a care assistant and working my way through the ranks in roles such as administrator, Deputy Manager and Home Manager.

I have experience of managing services that specialise in nursing, dementia nursing, residential and dementia residential homes before joining Hill Care as a Regional Manager in 2021.

I hold an NVQ Level 4 in Health & Social Care and an NVQ Level 4 Registered Managers Award. I believe that all residents in our care should be treated as if they are members of my own family.