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Richmond Villages - Caring for you
Linda Watson

Linda Watson

Village Manager
linda.watson@richmond-villages.com
02476 645544

My career path has followed a strange curve from growing up in the pub and hospitality industry in North Oxford (where I spent the majority of my years), training as a chef, running my own catering business, and managing a large Guest house, specialising elderly services for large companies UK wide. My University years focussed on Property Management, Leasehold, rentals, home ownership and legal matters within property and staffing. This led me to manage a team of Housing Managers, and more recently, before I came to Bede Village, I had a large team of Managers of sheltered property, Extra Care and Care homes, operating nationally. 

I now live in Rugeley with my partner Ant, and my 2 little yorkies that I am really looking forward to introducing to the Village. I have lived in Rugeley for the past 5 years and really enjoy the life of the small ex mining town. We are often out on Cannock Chase with the dogs. 

I am a very family orientated person and enjoy nothing more than cooking and entertaining our families as often as I can. 

Bede village is a busy place and is very warm and welcoming. I am committed to listening to our residents and villagers, and carry out a plan of continuous reviews to ensure that we at Bede Village are not only ensuring the safety, welfare and happiness of those living and working here is relevant to today, but that we are in keeping with the times and will be ready for whatever the future holds.

Sonia Tenniswood

Sonia Tenniswood

Deputy Village Manager & Senior Village Advisor
sonia.tenniswood@richmond-villages.com
024 76645544

As deputy village manager I am responsible alongside the general manager for providing support to our villagers, residents and staff.  Bede village incorporates independent living, assisted living, general nursing, supported living and young physical disability.

As Senior Village Advisor I am responsible for all aspects of selling care beds, care services and properties within the village, managing the process from start to finish. I support potential villagers in deciding the best type of accomodation and care to suit that individuals needs and requirements, often this also involves dealing with Solicitors, Estate Agents or Health Officials to make the move as stress free as possible.

Tom Boarder

Tom Boarder

Hospitality Manager
tom.boarder@richmond-villages.com
024 76645544

As Head of catering and hospitality I am responsible for all the food and beverage provided on a daily basis, running a brigade of chefs and a great team of hosting staff. We provide a full days service in a 50 seat restaurant as well as catering for the care home, ensuring all dietary requests are met along with a range of modified meals designed as specifically as necessary for any resident.

I have two wonderful children, Dylan 5 and Tallulah 8, we love to swim travel as much as possible.

We live in Leicester, although I have spent many years living in California and Australia and as a child visited much of the world.

I have many years of experience working in very busy restaurants, training and running large groups of staff and pride myself on building teams of dedicated staff all working together to provide a great service.

Tina Kingsman

Tina Kingsman

Registered Clinical Manager
tina.kingsman@richmond-villages.com
024 76645544, ext 205

I am the Registered Manager for the 47 bedded nursing home within Richmond Bede Village. I previously worked within Richmond as a Qualified Nurse and I feel that it is really important to ensure that all of our Residents receive High standards of person centred care at all times, delivered safely with dignity and respect. We are routinely inspected by  the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and it is important that all inspections go well and reflect the excellent standard of care we deliver. 

As part of my role, when a resident is looking to come into the care home I will visit them to assess their needs to ensure that we can meet those needs, this helps to give the Nursing staff  the information needed to implement a care plan. I arrange admissions and discharges for the care home. I also work within the team to ensure that staff have regular supervisions, training and staff meetings to maintain morale and ensure that they feel supported to deliver high standards of care. From the point of pre-admission assessment myself and my team of staff build relationships with the residents and families to ensure that they get the care that they want. We also have good working relationships with members of the multi-disciplinary team who visit often and work alongside the staff at Richmond to continuously review the needs of our residents.

Margaret Gamble

Margaret Gamble

Domiciliary Care Manager
margaret.gamble@richmond-villages.com
024 76645544

I joined Richmond Bede Village in August 2014, as the Domiciliary Care Manager. 

Following university, my working career started with people with learning disabilities for Coventry City Council, as a Day Centre Officer and a Residential Social Worker. 

This was proceeded by 15 years of working in Children’s Services within the Youth Justice System. As a Head of Care I became accustomed to working within the constraints of the CQC, Ofsted and other similar regulatory frameworks. 

Seeking a new challenge, yet wanting to remain in people services I have sought a diversified career in working with a more mature population – hence my application to Richmond Bede
Village. 

I am looking forward to new experiences and the challenges ahead.

Debra Pettipher

Debra Pettipher

Administration Manager
debra.pettipher@richmond-villages.com
02476 645544, ext 241

My role as Administration Manager is very varied. I am responsible for the day to day running of the Reception area and Administration office. On the Reception side this involves ensuring that our Residents get the best possible Customer Service and that we exceed their expectations wherever possible - going that extra mile to ensure that they feel cared for and that they can rely on us as a team to help them with their needs. Alongside this we provide support to various other departments within the building where possible.

As far as the Administration side of it goes, this is quite in depth overall but includes things such as ensuring that the Administration office runs smoothly and efficiently, making sure that all deadlines are met relating to the accounts and payroll and that all resident and staff queries are answered within an acceptable time frame, whilst providing regular updates and financial information to both the Village Manager and Head Office for the monthly reporting. All information and contracts held on file for staff and residents must be kept up to date.

Susan Byrne

Susan Byrne

Head of Housekeeping
susan.byrne@richmond-villages.com
024 76645544

I have worked within Richmond Bede Village for many years as head of housekeeping; I really enjoy my job and I am happy to take any comments on board in relation to the service. 

I am responsible for ensuring all areas of the Village are clean, tidy and presentable at all times in
accordance with cleaning schedules. To provide laundry services to the home with full regard to infection control policies and procedures. To ensure that every resident enjoys clean and well maintained laundry and that this is presented to a high standard and that satisfaction levels remain high. 

I am responsible for a team of staff who carry out all housekeeping and laundry duties and ensure that they  follow company policies. 

I try to ensure at all times my team are courteous, confidential and respectful to residents, visitors and staff at all times to ensure that the housekeeping service is of the highest quality possible.

Paul Franklin

Paul Franklin

Maintenance Manager
paul.franklin@richmond-villages.com
02476645544

I will be leading a small team of staff who ensure that the buildings, equipment and grounds are well maintained at all times. I will also be responsible for a team of drivers, the procurement of materials, organising specialist external contractors and supervising their work. 

My role as Head of Maintenance can be very varied and at present I am helping our new residents to settle into their homes. 

Tom Blunt

Tom Blunt

Head Chef
tom.blunt@richmond-villages.com
02476 645544

As the head chef I am responsible for the quality of food throughout the village, I have been a professional and qaulified chef for 12 years working in a variety of settings ranging from different care homes and busy high street restaurants.

I work with a team of skilled chefs to provide high quality food and service daily for our residents. We produce and update our restaurant menu regularly to ensure that we are giving our residents the best service possible. along with our menu we offer special dining experiences regularly including themed events , bbqs and cocktail nights.

Richard Christon

Richard Christon

Head of Activities
richard.christon@richmond-villages.com
02476 645544

Hi my name is Richard and I am the Head of Activities at Richmond Bede. I am a very active person and devote my spare time to private tutoring, coaching football and keeping physically through playing sport and exercising.

Previously I have worked as a Leisure Centre Manager and overseen the day-to-day running of a large hotel facility in Staffordshire; as well as spending a number of years working in education as both a Head of Physical Education/Extra-Curricular Activity and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Through these experiences - in conjunction with my undergraduate degree in Sports Development and Coaching and MA in Education Innovation - I hope to bring lots to the role at Richmond and look forward to offering, running and overseeing an exciting range of diverse activities, opportunities and events for our Villagers.

I look forward to seeing you around!