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Our team at
Kings Court

Trusted to care in
Barnard Castle, County Durham

Trusted to care in
Barnard Castle, County Durham|With 40 years’ experience,
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Meet our friendly care team

The Kings Court team are a close-knit group. We build strong relationships with residents and relatives, which creates a family atmosphere in the home. We will get to know your loved one very well, so we can anticipate their needs and plan care and activities that they’ll love. Find out more about our team on these pages.

Michele Lloyd

Home Manager

Michele Lloyd

Michele Lloyd has been manager of Kings Court since 2009.

She explains why she enjoys working with older people and what makes Kings Court so special.

I started working in care home management in 1999, following a career as a nurse in care homes and in the Royal Navy. I chose to specialise in working with older people because I enjoy it so much - I like spending time with older people and talking to them about their lifetime experiences. I feel that older people have earned the right to be looked after well and it’s an honour to be able to care for them and to give them positive, life-enhancing experiences.

The thing I like most about Kings Court is the friendly atmosphere we have here. Our team have really strong, personal relationships with the residents. I think it helps that everyone in our team is from the local area, so we have a lot in common with residents who’ve also grown up and worked around here. Barnard Castle is still a thriving farming community and many of our carers are also farmers.

Jules Coulthard
Jules Coulthard
Deputy Manager

I have worked for Kings Court since 1992 and stayed with Kings Court when Care UK took over in 2016. Throughout the years at Kings Court there has had many challenges but for me Kings Court is like a family, especially as it is based in a small community and I have known a lot of the residents all of my life. My greatest highlight whilst being at Kings Court would be winning the Pride of Teesdale award which I was nominated for by a resident.

At King’s Court I am the Dementia Champion, which means that I have to ensure that all of our staff are up to date on training and supported with our dementia residents. I love this part of my role because it allows me to ensure that our dementia residents are being supported to the best of our abilities. I also love being a part of the mealtimes experience and ensuring that all our residents have a meaningful and enjoyable mealtime.

Outside of work I live and work on my family farm with my husband where we have a pedigree flock of texel sheep which we love to show at the local agricultural show in the summer. I often take 2 weeks off during lambing season too as I love to get involved and be hands on to support my husband.

Judith Parkin
Judith Parkin
Head Chef

I started working for Kings Court in 1992. My passion for food started when I was younger, and I always knew that I wanted to become a chef and use my creative side in the kitchen. This is why I love working for Care UK as I’m given freedom to be able to provide well balance, healthy and nutritious meals for the residents that they can all enjoy.

As the Head Chef I do not only cook and prepare the food, I also get to work in the dining rooms at mealtimes, which means I get first hand feedback from our residents which is one of the favourite parts of my role. It’s great to talk to them about their favourite dishes, what they liked and didn’t like as this feedback helps shape our menus throughout the year. This enables us to provide the residents with food they know and love, which can often leave me with a challenge of a new dish, which I love getting to create!

Melaine Purchese
Melaine Purchese
Business Administrator

I have worked at Care UK since 2014, firstly starting as a Care Assistant and then in 2020 I became a Home Admin. Prior to Care UK, I come from an admin based background, but I wanted a different challenge, so by moving to Kings Court to become a Care Assistant it allowed me to challenge myself within a new environment, which then lead to be becoming an Admin Assistant which I love.

Throughout the years at Kings Court I have developed great relationships with not only the residents but also their families which is one of my favourite parts of working at Kings Court, as everyone is so friendly and engaging.

In my spare time I love to spend time with my sons and grandsons, socialising with my friends and I love to cook!

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. 


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.