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Meet The Team

April King

Director of Homes at Cedars Castle Hill

April King

April is the Registered Manager and Director of both The Cedars Nursing Home and Castle Hill House. She qualified as a nurse in Southampton in 1995 since when she has worked in diverse areas of nursing and health care provision before joining Cedars Castle Hill in 2014.

In her spare time she loves to ride and walk her dogs in our beautiful North Dorset countryside.

Catia Rodrigues de Freitas

Activities Supervisor

Catia Rodriguez

Catia came to England 6 years ago from Madeira where she worked in a children’s nursery.

She is married with two children. Catia is very outgoing and loves being active, so was delighted when she was given the opportunity to join the activities team at Cedars Castle Hill

"I enjoy what I do. I love the residents, I feel that they are part of my family. I hope to always do more and give all of my best.”

Debbie Clarke

Induction Mentor

Debbie Clarke

Debbie has worked at Cedars Castle Hill for almost 25 years.

Starting out as a Care Assistant she is now Induction Mentor Supervisor across all Roles, inducting new members of staff in Manual Handling and Fire Safety. Debbie is happy to do caring, cooking, even washing up and cleaning when required.

Her delicious baking is legendary.

“Every day is different at Cedars Castle Hill and if I can put a smile on a resident’s face I feel that I have achieved something”

Derek Read

Maintenance Manager

Derek Read

Derek was born at Castle Hill House so when he joined the team at Cedars Castle Hill in 2013, it felt like a homecoming.

Derek has 40 years’ experience as a gas engineer but is capable of turning his hand to anything.

“I really enjoy being part of such a friendly and caring team. It is satisfying because it benefits the residents and helps to keep them safe.”

Mika Michulec

Care Supervisor

Mika Michulec

Mika was born in Poland and moved to England when she was 14. She attended college in Southampton and decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps and enter the caring profession. She joined Cedars Castle Hill in 2008 and 11 years on she is now Care Supervisor.

Mika has two children and is currently training for a half Marathon in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

“The team here is great, the carers are wonderful. They always do their best looking afer our lovely residents and I couldn’t do my job without them.”

Nigel Hartwell

Activities Supervisor

Nigel Hartwell

Nigel built computer systems before joining us as a volunteer. He also taught women’s self-defence at Royal Holloway College. Nigel became responsible for the gardens at both The Cedars and Castle Hill and later joined the maintenance team. So he was able to share his many skills when asked to join the Activities team.

Nigel believes his most important qualification is caring for the residents and “knowing that I can make them laugh.”