Rowan Lodge

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

  • All-inclusive fee
  • Onsite nurses 24/7
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Meet the Team

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

In 2021, Rowan Lodge was a Finalist for Activity Team of the Year at the National Care Awards 2021. Rowan Lodge was also a Featured Home in the Knight Frank Luxury Care Guide 2020.

In 2019, Fay Kirrage Won Carer of the Year at the National Care Awards 2019, whilst Kerry Monaghan was a Finalist for Care Champion at the National Care Awards 2019.

National Care Award judges commented; “Fay Kirrage is a naturally gifted carer, whose passion and warmth shines through. Fay goes over and above every day, without even realising it. The knowledge she has in terms of nutrition and hydration is impressive, as well as her initiatives for encouraging residents to be involved in their care and wellbeing. A real ambassador for outstanding care for the elderly.”

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 when he began work with Forest Care.

Wendy Tidbury

Home Administrator

Wendy is our outgoing and 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.

As Administrator, 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 has been working at Rowan Lodge for over 2 years 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 Carers to ensure residents receive person-centred care in accordance with their assessed needs and plans of care, along with focusing on their mental, physical and emotional well-being.

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 carers to ensure residents receive person-centered care in accordance with their assessed needs and plans of care.

Care Team

Care Assistants and Senior Carers

Our care team is built of over 40 Care Assistants and Senior Carers who work hard to assist residents with their immediate needs.

Carers and Senior Carers are an important team that undertake a variety of training, giving them the confidence and skill set to provide exemplary care to our residents. Rowan Lodge is also a specialist dementia care provider, this means that staff have completed additional training in dementia care.

Kerry, Max, Gill, Caroline, Terri, Modupe & Samuel

Activities Team

The activities team excellently nurture residents’ social and mental well-being, alongside their physical care within the activities they provide. This can range from card games to musical events, circus performances to movie night, the team really go the extra mile to make the activities varied and person centered. They do this by using care plans while considering residents’ histories and hobbies to plan respectful activities that enhance lives, encourage socialisation and stimulate memories. This is an important part of our person-centered care.

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 starting at Rowan Lodge Chris has developed great relationships with our residents, becoming a popular presence within our home. He also creates specialised dining experiences for our residents who are sharing an anniversary or celebrating an occasion.

Chris brings his strong creative flair to work every day, presenting his food in artistic ways and making sure there is a strong colour balance on the plate. Cooking with seasonal fresh foods 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.

Peter Watts


Peter 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 Chef Chris Laidler who is our Employee of the Month for February!

CQC Rating

Forest Care is delighted to announce the 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 Party

During the 10th Anniversary celebrations at Rowan Lodge, we hosted our Years of Service awards where Ruzena Sheppard (Nurse), Pauline White (Chef), Cheryl Parrish (Domestic) and Sharon Mercure (Carer) were proudly recognised for their 10 years of dedication to Rowan Lodge. Dan Binney, care home manger at Rowan Lodge, also celebrated his 5 Years of Service.

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