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Rowan Lodge

Award-Winning Residential, Nursing, Dementia and Respite Care Home near Hook, Hampshire.

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Meet the Team

Rowan Lodge employs more than 80 compassionate and hard working people, all striving to provide exemplary care.

Forest Care’s Group Activity Lead Terri Eakins won the ‘Above & Beyond’ award at A Place to be Proud of Awards 2024 organised by Destination Basingstoke. In 2023, Terri was a finalist for NAPA’s Leadership Award, she won NAPA’s Special Recognition Award in 2022 when she was Activity Lead at Rowan Lodge and was a finalist for the ‘Activities Facilitator of the Year’ award at the National Care Awards 2021.

Rowan Lodge featured in Knight Frank’s Luxury Care Home Guide 2020.

Activity Lead Kerry was a finalist for Care Champion at the National Care Awards 2019.

Dan Binney

Care Home Manager

Dan has 25 years’ experience in the NHS working in Mental Health Services. He has worked extensively in care records and client-based electronic systems. Dan worked as part of the National Program team installing the first client based electronic care record into Barnsley and Community Priority Services NHS Trust and later took the role as Systems Manager. In 2011, he became the Administration Manager for a Memory Service in South Yorkshire, together with the Service Manager; they took the service forward winning the award of excellence in the Memory Services National Accreditation Program with the Royal College of Psychiatry which is endorsed by the CQC.

In 2015, Dan emigrated to Gran Canaria where he worked for a law firm who specialised in helping English ex-pats who had bought property in the Canaries who required legal assistance. He then returned to the UK in 2016 and joined Forest Care.

Wendy Tidbury - Home Administrator

Wendy is our empathetic Home Administrator. She is a passionate member of the team, striving to add a personal touch to the care given to residents and support to relatives.

Wendy is responsible for the day-to-day administrative functioning of the home and supporting Dan. This involves a variety of tasks such as employment checks, enquiry handling, show rounds and admissions, to reassuring residents and relatives and dealing with their day-to-day requests.

Philippa McSkimming - Head of Care

Philippa joined Rowan Lodge in 2021 and is our compassionate and dedicated Head of Care.

With an extensive background in nursing, Philippa is responsible for managing the clinical care of the residents in the home. This involves supervising the Nurses, Senior Carers and Care Assistants to ensure residents receive person-centred care in accordance with their assessed needs and care plans, along with focusing on their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Nursing Team

Our dedicated and experienced Nursing Team is responsible for managing the clinical care of our residents at Rowan Lodge focusing on their holistic care, which includes their mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

This involves administering medication, working with our home GP and supporting Senior Carers and Care Assistants to ensure residents receive person-centered care in accordance with their assessed needs and care plans.

Care Team

Our compassionate and dedicated care team comprises of Senior Carers and Care Assistants who help residents with their personal care, day-to-day living, and immediate needs. Our Carers work selflessly in striving to deliver the highest standards of person-centred care to our residents.

We intentionally hire more staff than the industry average, and our team members receive continuous training, development, and support, giving them the confidence and skill set to provide outstanding care. Our care team also receives additional training in dementia care.

Activities Team

The Activities Team, led by Kerry, excellently nurture residents’ social, physical and mental wellbeing within their array of engaging and meaningful activities, experiences and events. Activities are adapted to the daily wishes of residents, inline with residents’ life stories and hobbies, from themed afternoon tea parties, visiting musical entertainers, intergenerational activities with local schools, to baking sessions, outdoor experiences and visiting lambs and penguins!



Christopher Laidler - Head Chef

Chris has been working as a professional Chef for over 30 years, working in various places such as hotels and private jets.

Since joining Rowan Lodge in 2023, Chris has developed a great rapport with our residents and is a popular presence within our home. He creates wonderful dining experiences for residents who wish to celebrate a special occasion.

Chris brings his strong creative flair to work every day, presenting his food in artistic ways and ensuring there is a strong colour balance on the plate. Cooking with seasonal fresh ingredients is important to Chris, who is passionate about caring for our residents through his meals.

Domestic Team

Every team is integral to the running of our care home. We are fortunate to have a team of hard-working and compassionate individuals in housekeeping, which comprise of domestic and laundry. Not only do they help with the smooth running of the home, but they also contribute to the social and hospitality experience our residents enjoy.

Alan North - Maintenance Manager

Alan is our Handyman who helps with fixing things and making sure our home runs smoothly. This involves ensuring that any maintenance/repair works are carried out promptly and efficiently with minimum disturbance.

Alan is your man if you require shelving, pictures hung on wall, carpet cleaning or any general maintenance to make your room as comfortable as possible.

Luke Crawford - Groundsman

Luke is our talented Groundsman who continues to work very hard in making our outdoor spaces into enjoyable surroundings.

From maintaining our wild flowers, feeding the birds in the aviary and building new features in our gardens for our residents to explore, Peter constantly brings news ideas to the outdoor spaces of the home.

Employee of the Month

Every month we celebrate the hard work of our team by choosing an Employee of the Month. Residents, relatives and employees can all nominate individuals. Congratulations to our Pastry Chef Olga Kovalova who is Rowan Lodge’s Employee of the Month for July!

CQC Rating

Forest Care is delighted to announce that CQC has rated Rowan Lodge ‘Good’ on its most recent inspection. The home has been rated Good across all areas, meaning the service they provide is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. A great achievement for all the team at Rowan Lodge in Newnham.

Years of Service Awards

Every year we celebrate the long service of our staff with our Years of Service Awards at Forest Care. We thank staff with vouchers, flowers, chocolates, cake and bubbly! A big ‘thank you’ to our hardworking and dedicated staff at Rowan Lodge for everything that you do.

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