Rachel Squire is the Home Manager
Rachel found her vocation in care 11 years ago. She found her passion within dementia care in 2011 and has not looked back. She has worked as a care assistant, training co-ordinator, senior care assistant, and deputy manager before gaining her first opportunity as Home Manager in 2014.
Rachel won ‘The Care Home Registered Manager’s Award’ for the East Midlands in 2016.
Rachel has recently completed a post-graduate diploma in Dementia Studies through Bradford University and has a keen interest in developing leaders within social care. Rachel prides herself on improving the quality of lives of the people in her care and those working alongside her. She is devoted to meeting the ever-changing needs of individuals she comes into contact with.
Rachel is extremely excited about her new role at Skylarks after watching the home develop and grow over the last 6 years.
Lesley Wright is the Deputy Manager
Lesley has been a nurse for 38 years and has always had a passion for nursing the elderly and promoting their well-being. Lesley qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1979 from the Mansfield School of Nursing, and spent many happy years working in the Mansfield area in Acute Elderly Medicine until 1999, when the opportunity arose to attend Nottingham University Nursing School to complete a conversion course to become a Registered Nurse, which she did successfully in 2000.
Since 1999, Lesley has worked in several Nursing Homes in the Nottinghamshire area in nursing roles and also as a Home Manager. Lesley enjoys providing ‘hands on care’ with a focus on promoting the well-being of the people who live with us and for their families to feel supported. Lesley’s special interests are nutrition and prevention of wounds.
Outside of work Lesley is married has one daughter, a stepson and three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with the family, walking the dogs, cooking and reading.
Maria Spollin is the Clinical Lead
Maria's early years were spent in Long Eaton, Northumberland, Leicestershire then Nottingham, primarily due to her Dad’s work in open cast mining. Her Mum was a nurse and when they moved to Nottingham her parents ran a residential home which shared the same philosophy as the Church Farm approach today. This was Maria's introduction to the world of care, as she spent every weekend for 2 years working as a care assistant in the family 'home' until she began her nurse training after leaving school.
When qualified, Maria worked on a medical ward specialising in children’s and occasionally adult cardiothoracic surgery at Glenfield Hospital. During her 20 plus years there Maria did various specialist courses, including becoming a specialist in the most advanced form of life support available. Glenfield being the first of 5 centres in the UK to provide this level of support.
Since 1995 Maria has been involved with Church Farm through family links and attended a trip with some residents to Blackpool and also summer fetes and other social gatherings. Maria's previous experience helps her to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to appreciate the need for privacy, dignity, patience for everyone living in the home.
Away from work Maria keeps busy with her family life. In her spare time she likes to read a good crime novel.