Meet the team

From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:

Eleanor Wilson

General Manager

Hi, my name is Eleanor, and I am the General Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!

I have been nursing since 1972, having begun my career as a Nursing Assistant in one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the county. I continued to develop my career, working in various specialties in both hospital and community in NHS Lanarkshire. My last post within the NHS before taking early retirement was as a General Manger for Motherwell Locality, with an area wide lead for older people with mental health problems, including dementia.

My retirement was short lived and, after a brief period of rest and relaxation, I joined Barchester as Deputy Manager at Alexandra Court in Glasgow, where I worked happily for two years.

I came to Drummond Grange on a temporary basis at the beginning of 2014 and found the welcome I received from residents and colleagues overwhelming, and as such was delighted to be offered the opportunity to join the team on a permanent basis. 

In 2016, I won a Resident Engagement Award at the 18th National Care Awards because of the proven positive effect I have had on residents and staff whilst working at Drummond Grange.

Alina Brehar

Alina Brehar

Deputy Manager

Hi, my name is Alina and I am the Deputy Manager here at Drummond Grange. Welcome to our website!

I graduated in 2003 and began working as an RGN. I lived in Romania until 2006, which is when I came in to the UK, and then started working in South Shields in a residential care home as a senior care assistant, until I registered with NMC. I moved to Edinburgh in 2008 and took up a nurse position at Drummond Grange, and have spent my time here working my way up to Deputy Manager.

At present, I am working on my NVQ Level 5 in Management & Leadership. I feel very passionate about the home and everyone we support, and I consider Drummond Grange to be my second home.

I am very approachable, honest and open to any positive ideas when it comes to improving the quality of our services.

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Gail Clapperton

Unit Manager - Pentland

Gail head a team of of dedicated nurses and carers on our Pentland unit. She returned to work at Drummond Grange in 2019 after working at one of our sister homes for a while.

Mary McDonald

Non-Clinical Service Manager

Mary is the Non-Clinical Service Manager here at Drummond Grange,

In 2016, she was named as a Divisional Winner for Home Administration Champion in the Barchester Care Awards.

Nettie Goodfellow

Nettie Goodfellow

Unit Manager

Nettie joined Drummond Grange in 2003 and currently heads a team of nurses, carers and support staff to provide services to younger adults.

Hector Novoa Mendez

Unit Manager - Buccleuch

Hi, my name is Hector, and I am a Unit Manager here at Drummond Grange. 

Alan Begbie

Administrator

I am the Home Administrator at Drummond Grange, along with my team we ensure the smooth running of administration and financial systems within the home. I have been at Drummond for over two years.

My hobbies are D.I.Y, watching football, rugby and chatting to our residents about the latest goings on in Eastenders!

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Anne & Jodie

Activities Coordinators

Anne started in 1999 and Jodie started in 2007. They ensure that we know each resident's preferences so that we can deliver a person-centred programme of events and activities within the home.

Laarni Tolentino

Charge Nurse

Hi, my name is Laarni, and I am a Charge Nurse here at Drummond Grange.

Anamaria Balaj

Charge Nurse

Hi, my name is Anamaria, and I am a Charge Nurse here at Drummond Grange.

Ahmet Akkur

Ahmet Akkur

Head Chef

My name is Ahmet Akkur and I am from Turkey. I have been In Scotland since 2005 and have been working at Drummond Grange since l started my career as a Kitchen Assistant, eventually joining the Chef Academy, where l worked with the most experienced chefs and hospitality specialists in the business. I was promoted to Head Chef at Drummond Grange in 2010, and was named Chef of the Year at the 2015 Barchester Care Awards. As Head Chef, l have many responsibilities, which primarily includes providing tasty and nutritious food to the people we care for. All meals are cooked from fresh, seasonal produce; we set our standards high and always cook to meet the needs and desires of residents.

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David Goodfellow

Head of Maintenance

I began working at Drummond Grange as a Maintenance Assistant in 2008. I became Head of Maintenance in 2016. My main responsibility is to keep our home and grounds in good working order and to a high standard. As a painter I am often seen around our home with a paint brush in hand keeping our décor up to a high standard. I am always willing to help families and residents personalise their rooms in any way I can.

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Sandra Duffy

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Sandra, and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Drummond Grange.

Rory Campbell

Rory Campbell

Music Therapist

Rory Campbell is our Music Therapist and comes in on a Wednesday & Friday.

Rory has a number of residents that enjoy one to one therapy with him.  Playing the guitar, keyboard, drums and various other instruments.  He also has a one hour session where residents come along to relax to the music.

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Gordon McKay

Resident Ambassador

Hi, my name is Gordon, and I am one of Drummond Grange's Resident Ambassadors.

Gerrard Fox

Gerrard Fox

Physiotherapist

Having had many years' experience within both the private and public health sectors, Gerard, our Physiotherapist, has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation. He retains a close working relationship with the NHS Wheelchair Service, Orthopaedics  and the Spasticity Management Service.

Gerard runs regular Keep-Fit & Relaxation Classes, together with garden walks with Rocky, our pet therapy dog. Postural management and one-to-one sessions are held within our large, dedicated gym.

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0131 341 0022

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0131 654 2881

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