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Our team is comprised of genuine, passionate and caring individuals

Laura Willows

Registered Manager

Laura started working at Cherry Holt in 2008 as a Senior Care Assistant and has worked her way up to the role of Dual Registered Manager for Branthwaite and Cherry Holt Care Homes. Laura has 14 years experience in various settings, including nursing, residential, domiciliary and complex care management. Laura’s qualifications include Advanced diploma in Health and Social Care, Level 5 in Management and Level 6 in Person Centred Dementia.

Laura has a passion for making a difference for those we care for by ensuring that residents live the highest quality of life possible through positive interactions with staff.

Denise Allen


Denise started working at Cherry Holt on the 29th December 1998 in the laundry and also helped out in the kitchen and on the morning shifts too, leading to a varied role. Following Knights Cares take over, Denise was offered a new position of front of house receptionist in November 2022 which she gladly said yes to and has excelled in since.

Chris Masterson


Simone Ritchie

Deputy Manager

Simone commenced employment at Cherry Holt in December 2017 as the very first Deputy Manager, a role she's very passionate about. Her journey in healthcare began in August 2006 when, after just two weeks of working as a carer in the community, she realised this was her calling in life.

Simone proudly states that the role has taught her so much, and loves what a true family feeling it is to work at Cherry Holt.

Laura Harding

Clinical Lead

Vincent Barlow


Vincent (Vinny) has worked at Cherry Holt since July 2009, he started as a carer and began to assist with maintaining the Garden and surrounding grounds, eventually transitioning to a full time maintenance position.

As part of my this maintenance role, Vinny puts furniture together, paints resident bedrooms and generally helps out where needed. He drives the company minibus and takes residents out with the activities team to appointments, shopping and even to the local ice cream parlour.