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Our team at
Davers Court

Trusted to care in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


Meet our friendly care team

Team Davers is pretty impressive: our people regularly win awards for their fantastic work and commitment. We’re a supportive group of people who love what we do, and who want to make every day fantastic for our residents. If you’d like to find out more about us, take a look at our short biographies.

Sally Shadbolt

Home Manager

Sally Shadbolt

My first job was in a convalescent home and I then went on to work in a nursing home before training as a nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, where I worked for 14 years.

Before joining Care UK in 2014 I managed a 53-bed dementia care home.

I’m passionate about providing the highest standards of care and recruiting a team of people who care deeply about the job they do. During my career some special people have inspired me and given me opportunities to learn and progress. I cherish the fact that I have been able to do the same for others.

No two days are the same at Davers Court. We strive to enable each resident to fulfil their dreams no matter how small or large these may be. Every person is precious and should be supported to live a full life to the end. It’s a great feeling to leave the home at the end of the day knowing that you’ve helped to do this.

Sophie Evans
Deputy Manager

I started off in the care sector in 2009 working as a care assistant.

Before long I was a deputy manager in a private care home. I joined Care UK in 2016. I’m passionate about working with the team to make Davers Court the very best it can be. Our residents are happy and well cared for;  I love it when one of them wants to tell me about something they’ve enjoyed doing that day, because if they’re happy, we’re happy.

Chantal Sencier
Customer Relations Manager

I joined Care UK in 2016, following 15 years in the charity sector where I was able to make a huge difference to disadvantaged people through fundraising.


It has always been a passion of mine to support people and I am really pleased to be able to build relationships with the staff, residents, friends and family at our home in Bury St Edmunds.

A favourite part of my day here is meal times, when staff and residents get together, enjoy a meal and share stories. I am looking forward to being a large part of the transition for new residents to Davers Court and making them feel welcome and part of the family.

Edward Benton-Bye
Residential Lead

I started working at Davers Court in 2017 after a member of my family recommended working in the care sector.

Before I worked here, I was a professional dancer.

To do well in this role you need to be a compassionate, caring person. Not only for the residents that live in the home but all the staff that work here, the relatives of our residents and multidisciplinary teams. You also need to have incredible leadership qualities whilst being supportive and educating.

I have worked with our residents for over four years now, so I really look forward to continuing to ensure they all live a fulfilling lifestyle. I also pride myself in coaching all staff to provide the best level of care possible.

I have many highlights of my career so far, but I’m most proud of Davers Court achieving outstanding in the five areas in our last CQC inspection.

Outside of work I still enjoy dance, performance, makeup artistry and anything creative. If the weather is nice, you may find me in a garden with a glass of wine or enjoying the sunshine with my loved ones.

Debbie Moran
Head Chef

I have an extensive background in catering but I fancied a change and a new challenge within the care sector.

I wanted a job that made a difference so in 2018 I became the head chef at Davers Court. The home has such a welcoming atmosphere, we’re like a family here and it is a pleasure to cook for the residents.

A head chef needs to have flare, enthusiasm and good communication. I have an excellent team in the kitchen and together we produce tasty and balanced meals. My favourite part of the day is when I get to see the residents enjoying their meals. I appreciate hearing their feedback and always look for ways to improve what we produce. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my family and friends.

Cathy Chapman

I’ve been part of the Davers Court team for several years now, and I was a hospital play specialist before I joined the team.

While this can be a very busy role, I always try to make time each day to spend with the residents. It’s the people – the residents and the team – that make Davers Court so special.

I think it’s important to be able to juggle many different tasks in this role, particularly when the phone’s ringing, a colleague is asking for something, a resident fancies a chat, and we have visitors at the door! Counselling and listening skills are also very useful as I’m often the first point of contact for people who are looking for care for a loved one, and they can be under huge pressure.

We have regular ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards in the home to recognise colleagues who are doing great things, and it was a huge highlight when I was nominated. However, I have to say that supporting the lovely residents and my great teammates is its own reward.

In my free time I enjoy listening to live music, keeping my garden under control, playing with my grandchildren and indulging in a bit of mint-flavoured chocolate (my absolute favourite!).

James Barrett
Care Assistant and Infection Prevention and Control Champion

Infection prevention and control (IPC) has always been important at Davers Court, and, with the pandemic, it has become even more so.

I work to high standards and share the latest learning and policies with my colleagues so that they are implemented across the home. I support colleagues by training them and answering their day-to-day questions. I also support managers with IPC audits.

I think attention to detail is vital in this role. You need to have an in-depth knowledge of policies, procedures, ways of working, ‘how to’ guides and government guidelines. It’s important to remain curious and to question.

I enjoy seeing the residents happy, even if it’s just as a result of having a chat with them, and making them feel valued and special. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and great-grandparents when I was growing up. I saw the positive impact that activities and social interaction had for older people, so when I joined Care UK, I wanted to bring those benefits to the residents to ensure they live fulfilling lives.

Ellen Freeman
Lifestyle Coordinator and Care Assistant

I wanted to work in the care sector for a long time before I finally applied to work at Davers Court.

Not having worked in care before, it’s been a steep learning curve, but so rewarding. I have six children and had been a full time mum before joining the team here. I suppose I was no stranger to a caring role though!

I think good communication skills come in handy in this role for encouraging residents to try an activity. A sense of humour is also useful. I love the chats that I have with residents, and the look on a person’s face when you do something that shows you’ve thought about them and value them. That gives you an amazing feeling. 

One of the biggest challenges for me has been learning about dementia and the different ways it affects people. Some residents of Davers Court are living with dementia, so I’m learning a lot very quickly. Every colleague here is so supportive. It’s great to be part of such a fantastic team and be able to make a difference to older people’s lives. 

Anne Hughes
Lifestyle Coordinator and Care Assistant

I joined the Davers Court team when I was looking for work and I kept hearing about the home’s great reputation.

I’d not worked in the care sector before, but I was interested in giving it a go. I applied and the rest is history!

In this role, you must truly care for residents and be passionate about supporting them to enjoy the best possible care and lifestyle. I encourage residents to do as much as possible so that they’re stimulated and form new friendships. Having said that, everyone is free to do as much or as little as they would like. We organise group activities as well as one-to-one time because everyone’s different and has different needs and interests. The group activities are often lively and lots of fun. I’m enjoying learning more about the residents and building relationships with them. 

I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to make the Davers Court Lifestyle team one of the best in Suffolk!

Love Hound and Hoover

I’m an English Pointer cross and I was born in Cyprus.

But things didn’t go well for me there and I lost the sight in one of my eyes. Happily, that’s all behind me now as I’ve found my forever home here in Suffolk. I get lots of treats, everyone wants to play with me or have a cuddle, I go for walks with the residents and for little outings in the car, and I have beds all over the home. I also enjoy sharing the home with our resident dog, Princess.

I love it when nursery and school children come to visit, and my favourite part of the day is when everyone arrives to work in the morning. It’s like being a rock star because they all want to say hello to me. I get so excited that I sometimes need to have a little lie down afterwards.

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.


Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 


The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.


Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.