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Our team at Woodland Hall

Experts in award winning care in Stanmore


Meet our friendly care team

Running a large care home like Woodland Hall requires talented people with a wide range of skills. Our team are all very different, with different backgrounds and cultures, but we are all passionate about making Woodland Hall one of the best care homes in Middlesex. Take a look at this page to learn more about our colleagues.

Laurentiu Iordachescu

Home Manager

Laurentiu Iordachescu

Welcome to Woodland Hall.

My background is in nursing. In fact, I worked as a paramedic for the air ambulance for a long time, and as a unit manager in a brain injury department. When I joined Care UK, I started out as a nurse assessor and clinical lead, before progressing to be a home manager.

I’m very proud to work for Care UK – it’s one of the leading providers of older people’s care in this country and it has great systems and clear values. It also supports its colleagues to do their best work and to progress.

One of my favourite parts of my role is meeting with residents and their families and understanding their needs. I love seeing people flourishing with the person-centred care they receive from our fantastic team. Supporting them to live the life they want – that’s our ultimate goal at Care UK.

I’m personally passionate about ensuring every person we care for is happy, safe, understood and able to continue enjoying their relationships with their loved ones.

In my spare time I like to unwind by watching movies and reading books. I’m from Romania originally and, when I can, I still like to travel and experience new places, people and cultures.

Marioara Ciocan
Deputy Manager

I originally studied Accountancy, but soon switched to Nursing as it allowed me to work more closely with others.

I began my nursing career in Romania, working in a hospital in the surgery wards and also in the dermatology ward. I then moved to the UK and began working as a Health Care Assistant.

In 2017 I began working with Care UK, since which time I have been able to work my way up from being Health Care Assistant, Senior Nurse, and now Deputy Manager. A promotion which is one of my biggest career highlights to date.

To be a good deputy, you need to be ready to listen, and ready to offer support. One of my favourite parts of each day is the clinical meeting, where staff can communicate and get the information we need.

I love working at Woodland Hall, and look forward to each day. It truly feels like I belong here, and that this is my home.

Felicia Bogatu
Clinical Lead

I joined the team at Woodland Hall as a Clinical Lead in May 2022, and immediately felt welcomed by everyone.

Having qualified in General Nursing in 1997, I then pursued further education with the completion of a Bachelor Degree in Business Management in 2022.

I have always been a caring person and I wanted to use this in my work life. I have previously worked in the A&E, Cardiology Unit, Dependency Unit and also the Surgical Wound Unit.

As a Clinical Lead I aspire to ensure that our residents are provided with the very best of care, dignity, respect and support to enable them to live a healthy and happy life.

I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated team ,who continue to strive and to deliver a first-class service at such a beautiful home.

Bea Henry
Lifestyle Coordinator

Before I joined the team at Woodland Hall in 2020, I was working in special educational needs with young people and adult’s outreach.

I have 22 different care certificates, and 98 care assessments, including complex care, autism, and dyslexia.

Being a lifestyle coordinator requires a good understanding of everyone’s needs, having patience, and putting others first. Working in a great team helps everything run smoothly in all departments and keeps the people we provide care for happy.

I love sitting down with residents and listening to their words of wisdom and their many exciting life experiences and stories. When I walk into the home each morning I am greeted with smiles and when I go home I am thanked at the end of the day.

Yvonne Nicholas
Lifestyle Coordinator

I joined Care UK in 2023 after several years working as an Activities Coordinator at other care homes.

I enjoy helping other people, and joined the care industry to use my skills to hopefully maintain resident wellbeing and help them continue to live fulfilling lives.

Each day I enjoy spending time with residents, helping to bring a smile to their faces. Whilst ensuring they feel safe and comfortable offering activities to fill their days and enhance their lives whilst at Woodland Hall.

Outside of work I like to keep active and enjoy walking, football, netball, Zumba, walking with my dog, family and friends get togethers, travelling and horse riding.

I look forward to continuing my work at Woodland Hall, continuing to enhance the lives of the residents.

Iulian Iurescu
Lifestyle Coordinator

I joined Care UK after finishing my studies, having enjoyed a successful work experience placement with them as part of my diploma in Health and Social Care.

Working in the lifestyle team requires enthusiasm and creativity to plan and create an engaging program of activities for all residents at the home.

I enjoy that each day there is a repeated order of the tasks that we have to do, because this makes it easier to plan and carry out tasks swiftly and efficiently with competency.

Entertaining the residents with fun activities is the most rewarding and enjoyable part of my day. During these activities, I can see the positive impact the team are having, as the residents are engaged, enjoying the activities and maintaining their full filling lifestyle.

Nick Coleman Heald
Business Administrator

I joined Care UK in 2020 to continue my passion as a Business Administrator and broaden my experience.

I previously worked within the hotel industry and for a chain of dental practices as an Office Manager for ten years.

My role at Woodland Hall varies from organising reception and the admin office to assisting the team and resident’s families. I love interacting with the residents and seeing their faces light up whenever I say hello. Being a Business Administrator does require skills from finance to human resources and multitasking. It is a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by such a helpful and friendly team.

When I am not travelling into work I am travelling all over the world. I love cruise ships for exploring different countries and I enjoy learning about their social history. 

Bianca Hanganu

I joined the team in 2022, having decided to work with Care UK as I believed that working within the home was a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge for the near future.

Before taking up this role, I gained experience at Woodland Hall as a tray room assistant, where I delivered food to residents, helped out with any kitchen duties, and prepared tea for visitors and residents. This gave me the perfect opportunity to get to know the home and residents.

I believe that to be a good receptionist/administrator, you need to be compassionate, patient, welcoming, kind and most importantly respectful to the people you interact with on a daily basis. By being friendly and a good listener, you build up a good rapport with the residents, families, visitors, and colleagues.

Each day I enjoy interacting with the residents and visitors I get to meet. I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces and reassuring them that I am there to help anytime they need it.

I always look forward to interacting with not only the families and residents but to the team as well. Having a great team and amazing support that has been provided by the management and my colleagues makes me feel appreciated in the work I do.

Ionel Geanta
Head Housekeeper

After several years as a Housekeeper in a different environment, I decided to move to Woodland Hall to enjoy more connection with people and develop new skills.

I love working in a job where I am appreciated and receiving positive feedback from colleagues and management. I believe that good communication is key to the role, and I am looking forward to communicating with my employer and the residents.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, photography, cooking and gardening.

Guy Demare

Before joining Care UK in 2020 I ran my own business and worked in the hospitality sector.

At Woodland Hall, I get to meet new people and make a difference. I love helping to provide a safe, happy and comfortable environment for the people we care for.

My role requires a passion for helping others, problem solving for the safe running of the home, and a positive and approachable manner.

Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family. I am very into keeping fit by going for long walks and exercising at the gym. 

Teo Bertacchi

I joined Care UK because I wanted to bring my maintenance skills to a new organisation where I can make a difference.

I thrive on helping others and working at Woodland Hall allows me to do so. I really enjoy meeting new people and building good working relationships with all my colleagues.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, especially historical novels. I am also passionate about taking on DIY projects, collecting tools, and gardening which was my career when I lived in Italy. 

Anne Valentine
Resident Ambassador

My name is Anne Valentine and I was married to my husband Lawrence for 70 years.

He came to Woodland Hall to be cared for. I would visit him daily until Covid intervened and found the care and understanding he received at Woodland Hall to be all that we as a family could wish for.

In 2021, I decided to move in to Woodland Hall myself. It took great courage to make such an important decision, but I have never regretted it. The staff are caring, good humans and do the very most to keep us happy, occupied and, above all, safe.

I would end by saying that leaving the life you have lived previously and making the enormous change to living in a residential home, can seem challenging to say the least. However, finding the right home with the right staff can be a new beginning.

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.