The six homes in our New Forest cluster have a new Operations Manager.
Martina Lamden is a former police inspector who moved into senior operations in the healthcare sector.
She spent 17½ years with the police in Gloucestershireand became interested in healthcare while doing an 18-month project focused on places of safety for vulnerable people.
Five years with the nationwide dental services provider Oasis Healthcare, followed by senior roles at two other dental companies, gave Martina further management insight.
“My time in the police was very varied,” she says. “It was difficult but rewarding and with the experiences you have you become a very resilient individual.
“I knew that Colten absolutely fitted my values in terms of developing and nurturing home-grown talent, building a team culture and celebrating success. Now that I am here, I am loving every minute of it.
“My focus at Colten is to ensure that residents receive a gold standard service in their experiences of our homes. To achieve that we must have staff who are well motivated, supported and who feel valued.”
A Liverpool supporter, Martina describes herself as “a huge sports fan and highly competitive”. She was a black belt in judo and was a national junior champion. She also played rugby for Great Britain Police.
Martina lives in Charlton Marshall with her 18-year-old daughter Lauren and their three dogs.