Our team at
Harrier Lodge

Trusted to care in Whitstable, Kent


Meet our friendly care team

The team at Harrier Lodge all share a common goal – to make your loved one, and the other people we care for, happy. Our team ranges from managers to nurses, carers to chefs, lifestyle colleagues to maintenance crew. You can find out more about us on these pages.

Diane Collins

Home Manager

Diane Collins

I’ve spent three decades working in the care sector – most of those as a home manager.

I joined Care UK because it’s one of the leading companies in this country for care and it has a passionate and forward-thinking approach to care.

My favourite part of the day is any chance I have to spend time with residents and their families. It’s a privilege to care for older people, to learn about each person’s life history and wishes and to enable them to feel safe, loved and to give them a sense of self-worth. 

I recently lost my own dad to mixed dementia and Parkinson’s, so I understand what many relatives are experiencing. I treasure the time I have with my family, and it’s wonderful to enable residents to spend quality time with their loved ones. 

Opening a new-build care home is challenging but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to create a care home that offers five-star facilities and five-star care. I’m very excited about developing and supporting the Harrier Lodge team to do their best work and to support residents to live a fulfilled, purposeful life.

Carla Thorne
Business Administrator

When I joined Care UK in June 2017 it was a new industry for me.

I’d been an office manager for a publishing company for 11 years, but I fancied a new direction. I wanted a career that would challenge me and where I could benefit other people.

Before moving to Harrier Lodge, I was a regional business administrator for Care UK, travelling around different homes and supporting the business administrator in each home. I’m enjoying being based in one home now!

It’s an exciting challenge to be part of the team developing a brand new home. I feel privileged to be doing this role – welcoming all our new residents and helping them to settle in. I enjoy getting to know the residents and their families and finding out more about their lives. 

Amanda Pemble
Head Housekeeper

I wanted to join the team at Harrier Lodge soon after it opened as I’d seen the home being built and I liked the idea of being part of a new care home and a new team.

I’m an experienced Head Housekeeper, so I’ve got the good organisational and problem solving skills needed to do this job.

I really enjoy achieving all the tasks that we need to do each day. It’s very satisfying to see the home well organised and everything done properly at the end of a shift.

There’s a great team here at Harrier Lodge care home, and we work really well together doing everything to ensure residents’ surroundings are lovely, their rooms are as they would like them, and their laundry’s done properly. I’m very proud to work for Care UK and for our lovely care home. 

Dave Wilson

Before joining the Harrier Lodge team in 2019 I had worked in maintenance roles in care homes for six years, and before that I worked in property facilities management, mainly contracting to local authorities.

In this role it’s useful to have experience in a variety of trades, so that you can turn your hand to whatever’s needed. Good communication skills are important too, as you’re working directly with residents, their families and colleagues. In the same way as carers and nurses need to keep up with new regulations, I need to keep track of related legislation in this role, so I can ensure that the home is always complying with regulations.

I’m focused on making every day as good as it can be for residents. There’s a friendly family atmosphere here at Harrier Lodge, and every day is a highlight for me. I’m helping older people to enjoy life to the full in a safe and happy environment. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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.