Our Proud History

Forest Healthcare was founded in 1994 by Efi Hershkovitz and in 1999 opened its first home, Ash Court Care Centre, a 62-bed purpose-built nursing home in the London Borough of Camden.  Two more purpose-built homes in the London area, Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre and Forest Care Village, were added to the portfolio in 2003 and 2004 respectively, bringing the total of registered beds for the Group by the end of 2007 to 304.

At the end of 2007, Forest Healthcare expanded the portfolio through the acquisition of nine residential and nursing homes, comprising 457 registered beds, in the South East of England.

In December 2014 Forest Healthcare added St Anne’s Care Centre, a 65-bed nursing home in the London Borough of Islington, increasing its total registered bed capacity to 826 in 13 care home settings.

At Forest Healthcare our vision is to transform the perception and experience of care from something driven out of necessity to something that represents a positive choice for improved quality of life.

Since opening our first home in 1994 we have grown and now employ over 1000 highly skilled workers whose primary role is to provide residents and families with the very best person-centred care available.

In addition to providing high quality 24-hour residential nursing care, we offer respite, postoperative care and crisis intervention services. Several of our facilities cater to younger residents aged 18 and above, including those suffering from neurological and spinal conditions. Other facilities offer more specialist care for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, MS, brain injuries, stroke rehabilitation and challenging behaviour.

Our Centre Managers are all vastly experienced and have proven track records in the care industry. They are supported by a dedicated Operational Care Team, many of whom were former Centre Managers themselves.

Our primary objective is to improve the quality of life of the people we care for. We seek to promote independence, choice and dignity of the individual. We believe that people must be safe and secure at all times, whilst providing a relaxed and stimulating environment that motivates them to live a full and happy life.

We believe our success and strength lie in empowering our managers to promote the independence of their care centres to service the local community’s needs and to provide residents and families with security, quality, dignity and choice and the very best care that is available in the UK.

Our Promise

Our goal is to:

  • To always have a positive impact on the lives of the people we care for.
  • To promote the health & happiness of people in a caring and safe environment
  • To treat individuals with dignity & respect
  • To produce care plans with rights of choice, independence, privacy, dignity and security
  • To get to know our families very well and offer the support needed
  • To focus on individual care needs
  • To foster an atmosphere of openness for people, family and staff
  • To maintain clients’ confidentiality and privacy

Our leadership team

Chief Executive Officer Amanda Scott 020 7482 3030
Chief Financial Officer Colin Haig 020 7482 3030
Chief Operating Officer Rosamunde Willis-Read 020 7482 3030
Operations Manager Sue Hentschel 020 7482 3030
Group Property Manager Michael Varhalamas 020 7482 3030
Communications & Marketing Manager Chris Salter 020 7482 3030
Ash Court Care Centre Manager Steven Anderson 020 7428 2646
Belmont Lodge Care Centre Manager Maureen McDonagh 020 8500 5222
Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre Manager Fatma Makalo 020 7250 0156
Cedars Care Centre Manager Fran Walsh 020 8364 8839
Forest Care Village Operational Care Centre Manager Wendy Lawther 020 8236 2000
Grace Manor Care Centre Manager Andy Williams 016 3457 0230
Hassingham House Care Centre Manager Caroline Newman 019 5385 1890
The Grange Care Centre Manager Wendy Mead 013 6771 8836
Pinehurst Care Centre Manager Lynne Cotterell 013 4477 4233
St Anne’s Care Centre Manager Gladys Danquah 020 7272 4141
The Poplars Care Centre Manager Sharon Meaney 016 2275 2872
Warren Lodge Care Centre Manager Goce Kostadinovski 011 8973 4576
Woodlands Park Joint Care Centre Manager Marie Shouler 014 9486 2535
Woodlands Park Joint Care Centre Manager Sally Hogg 014 9486 2535

Head Office Map


Forest Healthcare
Highgate Studios, Studio 523
53-79 Highgate Road
London NW5 1TL

Tube Directions

Nearest Tube Stations are: Tufnell Park or Kentish Town Northern Line.

Bus Directions


By Rail

Nearest stations are Kentish Town & Gospel Oak

Confidential Whistleblowing

  • Hotline 020 7482 3030 - Option 4
  • whistleblowing@foresthc.com

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