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:

Alina Brehar

Acting General Manager

Hi, my name is Alina and I am the Acting General 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 carer 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 Acting General 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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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.

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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.

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Anne McShane

Head of Activities

I have worked at Drummond Grange since September 1999. I started as a Carer and have worked in four out of the five units within the Home. Over a decade ago, I joined the Activities Team and, in 2015, I took on the role as Head of Activities at Drummond Grange. I like to fund raise and, each year, I bake for MacMillan Cake Bake. I enjoy trying to find new activities for residents to enjoy and, to date, ice skating (even in wheelchairs), horse riding and fishing have been some of my best ideas.

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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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Alexandra Yates

Head of Housekeeping

Alex previously worked in hospitals before working in Hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cambridge. While working in Cambridge I opened 5 new hotels. I was given 5 Sunburst Awards from Wyndham International Audits for my work in Hotels.

For relaxing I enjoy reading and crosswords.

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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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Alan Begbie


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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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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Gerrard Fox


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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