Vida Healthcare Directors 2022

Vida Healthcare are proud to employ over 600 specialised members of staff. Everyone is passionate about dementia care going above and beyond to provide the highest level of care to our residents.



Chris Rycroft
Chris RycroftChairman
Chris Rycroft is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. In 2010, along with son James, he created Vida Healthcare with a view to developing a pioneering care home for people living with dementia, after recognising that the care sector wasn’t meeting the increasing demand for specialist dementia facilities.
James Rycroft
James RycroftManaging Director
James is responsible for overseeing the design and development of Vida Healthcare’s homes. He feels privileged to be able to influence the delivery of dementia care in the UK. Working closely with Bernadette and the healthcare team, James facilitates the delivery of outstanding care for all residents as well as planning future projects and developments for Vida Healthcare.
Bernadette Mossman
Bernadette MossmanHealthcare Director
Bernadette is an experienced healthcare professional who started her career as a community psychiatric nurse in Glasgow. She boasts more than 30 years’ experience in both public and private sector roles. Prior to joining Vida in October 2011, she worked as a regional manager for a large care provider where she was responsible for managing ten homes comprising of 450 personnel and 300 beds.
Jill Young
Jill YoungOperations Director
With more than 15 years’ experience in the care industry, Jill is responsible for day-to-day operations at Vida Healthcare. Overseeing all aspects of hotel services and facilities management, this allows our Healthcare Director, Bernadette, to concentrate solely on healthcare and the continued delivery of a best practice working environment, knowing that the operational side is in good hands.


Clare Shuker
Clare ShukerRegistered Home Manager, Vida Hall & Vida Court

Clare joined Vida Hall in 2014 and has worked in the elderly care sector for over ten years in various roles ranging from Senior Carer to Health & Social Care NVQ Assessor. During Clare’s time at university, she took a community-based route where she was able to source her own placements in primary and community care settings; district nursing, hospice care, palliative care, and community matrons to name a few. After qualifying from university as a trained nurse, Clare went on to further train to be a Practice Nurse and earned a triangulated role between Leeds West CCG.

Victoria Edwards
Victoria EdwardsRegistered Home Manager, Vida Grange

Victoria has worked in Health and Social care since 2007, joining Vida in 2021. Throughout this time Victoria has managed different services, primarily for large providers. This has included leading a home to achieve outstanding in caring domain, supporting at regional level, turning a service around following inspection and commissioning a new service. Victoria’s role is to lead the team at Vida Grange to ensure the highest standards of care are delivered to our residents with a dignified and professional approach. Victoria loves to spend time with the residents at Vida Grange, learning about their interesting lives and utilising this information to deliver the best possible care.

Karen Cocker
Karen CockerFinancial Controller

Karen is a Financial Controller and joined Vida Healthcare in 2020.  Karen has worked in Finance for over 30 years and leads the Finance Team in offering all communication regarding the financial side for Vida.  The Finance Team support the families through the finance process and assist and support in dealing with the complexities around funding.  Karen also heads up the coordination and administration of the resident’s personal allowance accounts, ensuring the residents have their funds available when needed.

Arron Bolland
Arron BollandLearning, Development and Quality Manager

Arron is a qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse and joined Vida Healthcare in 2013. Arron has been a House Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and is now the Learning, Development and Quality Manager. With many years’ of experience in the care sector, Arron is passionate about the delivery of quality dementia care. Vida’s ethos of care focuses on quality throughout every aspect of our service and Arron’s role involves promoting the highest possible standards. Arron supports the Home Manager’s and care teams to ensure the highest quality standards are met in the delivery of care.

Emma Stewart
Emma StewartMarketing Manager

Emma graduated from Long Island University, New York, with a BSc in Business Management and Marketing. Emma joined Vida Healthcare in August 2018 and brings many years of experience in digital marketing and advertising. Emma helps to position Vida Healthcare as the UK’s leader in dementia care.

Samantha Thrippleton
Samantha ThrippletonHR Manager

Sam has a wealth of experience in HR, business administration and finance, and for 23 years worked in the Education sector.  Her own personal circumstances led her to take on a voluntary role as Wellbeing Facilitator at Vida Grange before joining Vida’s HR team in August 2023.  Sam is passionate about people and their wellbeing and believes in developing meaningful relationships with all, that build trust and confidence.  Vida’s people are its main asset and Sam supports Vida’s value of being “in it together”.

Vida Healthcare

Vida Healthcare has been providing exceptional dementia care for over 10 years.

If you or a loved one is looking for a specialist home offering outstanding dementia care, contact our team today. We will help guide and support you along your journey with dementia.

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Registered by Care Quality Commission

Registered by Care Quality Commission

The Outstanding Society

The Outstanding Society

GBCA National Winner 2021

Great British Care Awards 2021 National Winner

Dementia Forward

Dementia Forward

RRN Member

RRN Member

Accolades 2015/16 Winner

Skills For Care Accolades Winner 2015/16

Great British Care Awards 2019 Regional Winner

Great British Care Awards 2019 Regional Winner

GBCA 2021 Reg Winner

Great British Care Awards 2021 Regional Winner

Great British Care Awards 2022 National Winner

Great British Care Awards 2022 National Winner