Julie House is very much on home ground as she takes on the running of Belmore Lodge in Lymington.
The new Home Manager is from a fifth generation New Forest family and has many local connections with people and community groups.
Before joining the care sector, she was a private secretary at New Forest District Council, a hotel chef manager in Brockenhurst and an operations manager for a helicopter company.
She initially took on a care role at a dementia care home run by a friend and worked her way up the management ladder there. She followed this by managing another home, making improvements that were recognised by both the CQC and social services in both cases.
At the same time, she studied and gained qualifications at Level 7, equivalent to a master’s degree.
“I love people and am a very quick learner,” says Julie, who still lives in the family home in Lyndhurst. “I was brought up by my grandparents and because of that I have an affinity with the older generation.”
Julie is also full of praise for the welcome she has received at Belmore Lodge. “This is a beautiful, well run and well maintained home and every member of staff has been warm and welcoming. My goal is to have everyone working together to achieve that coveted Outstanding award and I want to strengthen the home’s role as a real hub for the local community.”
Outside work, Julie has a daughter Lily and enjoys cooking, travel and history.