Meet the Balclutha Court Care Home team

Our trained team of professionals work together to create the best possible experience for those living in the home, striving to deliver excellent care services in a warm, homely environment. You can find out more about some of our wonderful staff members below:

Alison Dickson

General Manager

Alison is the General Manager here at Balclutha Court.

She started at Balclutha Court as a newly qualified Nurse in 1991, she was the first staff nurse to be employed within the home and can still remember the first day she walked through the door, over the years she has been promoted and became General Manager in 2000. Alison is responsible for the day to day running of the home ensuring that all the staff provide excellent care to the residents and promoting a happy and friendly atmosphere. She never thought she would take up the post as General Manager, however it is the best thing she has ever done. Alison sees the residents and staff at Balclutha Court as her family and it plays a big part in her life. Alison loves to take part in the activities, especially if there is a chance to dress up, fun is key within the home. 

Alison is married and has a Border Terrier called Poppy, who visits the home regularly. She has always been a seasoned traveller, travelling far a field such as Mexico, Thailand and the Dominican Republic but since Poppy arrived things have changed for Alison, it is now more Gran Canaria and Arran. Alison enjoys eating out, shopping and spending quality time with her husband and Poppy and is also a big fan of Gary Barlow!

Julie Wilson

Deputy Manager

Julie began her career here at Balclutha Court as a newly qualified Staff Nurse in 1995. She was promoted through the years, first becoming Sister, then Senior Sister and then finally becoming Deputy Manager. Julie is responsible for assisting the General Manager in the daily running of the home and is a great support to Alison.

Julie lives at home with her partner, daughter, she met her partner within Balclutha Court a good number of years ago when he worked here as a Carer. Julie loves her family time, reading a good book and girlie days out with her daughter.     

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Rhona Findlay


Rhona is the Administrator at the Home. She assists the manager with all aspects of the administration and finance within the home. Rhona started her career at Balclutha Court in 2000.

Rhona is married with two beautiful children, they often pop in to say hello to the residents and staff. Her family life keeps her extremely busy trying to balance work and kids activities. Rhona is a great music fan, she also enjoys walking, reading and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Anne Foreman

Admin Assistant

Anne is part time Admin Assistant, assisting the Administrator in the finance and the administration of the home. Anne started working at Balclutha Court in 1992 and since then she has become someone everyone knows and loves to speak to. She is always happy and bubbly, you will always find her this way. She can multitask, answer the phone, count money, solve a staff members problem and have a full conversation with a resident all at the same time!!! Anyone who visits the home always gets a kind word.

Anne has two daughters and four grandchildren, they play a huge part in her life and when she is not at work she keeps herself busy spending time with the children. Anne’s hobbies are shopping, especially for unusual jewellery (you always know what to get her for a present) and reading, she often tells us of the latest romance story that she has been reading. She also loves to dress up and join in with the activities in the home. 

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Sita Ali

Charge Nurse

Sita was recruited by the home in 2001 from Guyana as a Staff Nurse she was then promoted to Charge Nurse. She is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to the residents. In the absence of the General Manager she ensures the home runs smoothly.

Sita is happily married with two grown up children. She has worked extremely hard over the years to put her children through university. Sita loves to shop and likes to keep up with the latest fashions. She also likes to return home to Guyana to be with her family and visit her sisters in Canada and New York. Her hobbies include relaxing at home and having “me time”,  socialising with her friends and dining out.

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Karen Dillon

Head of Activities

Karen Dillon is our Head of Activities and has worked within the home since 2005, starting out as a Carer. Karen is very outgoing and full of fun. She has many hobbies, with arts & crafts being her favourite, and her passion for this can be seen in the activities she arranges.

Karen’s is supported by, Sharon McArthur and between them, they ensure that residents are happy and have loads of fun.

They are very keen to involve the residents in the decision making within the home to enhance their experience. They take part in the residents' meetings, catering forums and assist the General Manager in interviewing new staff members.

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Brenda Storey

Charge Nurse

Brenda is our Charge Nurse on the night shift. She came to Balclutha in June 2019 and is responsible for ensuring that a high standard of care is delivered to the residents.

Brenda has three daughters and lives at home with the two youngest. She enjoys having girly nights with them along with her mum and sister. She loves spending quality time with her partner and his son, even though they make her walk up big hills and mountains. Family and friends are really important to Brenda.

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Angelica Docherty

Senior Staff Nurse

Angelica started working at Balclutha Court in September 2013 as a Staff Nurse, and was promoted to Senior Staff Nurse in October 2019. She is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to the residents.

Angelica is originally from the Philippines and has two gorgeous grown up children. Angelica is happily married and lives with her husband Billy, and Toffee, their beloved cat! Angelica and Billy fell in love at Balclutha Court, as he also works as a Staff Nurse. Angelica has many hobbies, including handbag shopping, cooking and baking, watching films and listening to music. She also shares the love of travel with her husband—they are always off on their travels.!She is a social butterfly and loves spending time with her family and friends.  

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Heather McDowall

Charge Nurse

Heather trained at Stirling University and qualified in 1997. She first started working in Balclutha Court as a newly qualified staff Nurse. She was promoted to Charge Nurse in 2002. She is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to the residents. In the absence of the General Manager, she ensures the home runs smoothly.

Heather lives with her partner and her two girls. The girls keep Heather on her toes and extremely busy. Her hobbies are reading a good book, being creative around the house and gardening. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at large family gatherings, when her family visit from Australia.

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Jill Magee

Admin Assistant

Jill is part time Admin Assistant, assisting the Administrator in the finance and the administration of the home, she also covered when the Administrator was off on maternity leave. She has been with the home since 2004, starting when she was only a young girl of 18.  

Jill is happily married and lives at home with her husband with her two cats Coco & Cosmo, who are very mischievous. Her hobbies include reading a good book, the gym, socialising and travel.   

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Liz Gallagher


Liz started at Balclutha Court in 1999 as a Domestic Assistant and was promoted to Housekeeper in 2008. Liz is responsible for ensuring high standards of cleanliness within the home and managing her team of four laundry assistants and five domestic assistants.

Liz is very family orientated, spending a lot of her time away from work with her sister, grown up son & his wife. She enjoys going for long walks, reading and going holidays abroad.

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Gerry Thomson

Head Chef

Gerry started work at Balclutha Court in 2012 as an Assistant Chef, in early 2019 he was promoted to Head Chef. He is responsible the daily running of the kitchen, ensuring that residents nutritional needs are met, providing a varied menu. He is also responsible for ensuring that there are high standards of cleanliness throughout the kitchen. Gerry’s team consist of two Assistant Chefs and seven Kitchen Assistants.

Gerry has two children, a boy and girl, he also has two dogs, Nico and Bella. Gerry is great fun and loves music, you can always hear him signing away as he carries out his work. He loves the great outdoors and can often be found fishing on his time off. 

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Steven Macdonald

Head of Maintenance

Steven is Head of Maintenance at Balclutha Court, he started working here in January 2020.

Steven lives with his partner & son, he enjoys spending quality time with them. When Steven has free time he likes to socialise with his friends & his hobbies include football, swimming & travel.

Steven has really enjoyed working at Balclutha, it has been a different experience for him but has fit in well to the team.

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Heather McGachy

Senior Staff Nurse

Heather started working at Balclutha Court in July 2020 as a Senior Staff Nurse, she is responsible for ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to the residents.

Heather has two sons, a daughter and three grandchildren. She loves spending quality time with her family, holidays & socialising with friends.

Nursing is Heather’s life & she cannot imagine having any other career. She loves working in the Care Home environment as it feels like one big family, there is that closeness & love you do not get in other care settings.

Heather only joined Barchester a few months ago but feels the bond she has with management, staff & residents has been amazing. She feels as though she has been so welcomed & supported and it has been the right decision for her career joining the team. 

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Care Team

We are members of the care team here at Balclutha Court. We thoroughly enjoy looking after the residents and spend time chatting to them and doing daily activities. We continue to develop our skills to support our residents on a day-to-day basis.

We enjoy our jobs and enjoy any training that helps with our continued development that enhances the delivery of great care to those we support. We look forward to meeting you!

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

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01475 291 451

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01475 729 000

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

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