Meet the Highview House Care Home 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:

Elsbeth Russell

General Manager

Hi, my name is Elsbeth, and I am the General Manager here at Highview House. Welcome to our website!

I qualified as a nurse in 1993 and have always worked within the private sector, living and working in Newcastle upon Tyne. I worked for a local, family run nursing care company before Barchester, making my way through their career ladder during my time there.

In 2013 my family and I made a quality of life decision to move away from life in the city to Inverness, where I have worked within the locality as a care home manager ever since.

I enjoy making a positive difference in people’s lives. My appointment at Highview will bring me into contact with a new group of people and it is my hope that I can touch their lives in a productive and meaningful way.

My greatest achievement to date has to be being nationally acknowledged as the 'Nurse of the Year' in 2015 for the excellent environment and care given to people living with dementia in my care home. I still find it very difficult to believe that a care home manager from Inverness was recognised for just doing her job.

Lena Oman

Head of Unit - Ground Floor

Lena trained at the University of Stirling (Highland Campus) and qualified as a registered nurse in 2003. She joined the team at Highview House in November 2004 and is now Head of Unit on the ground floor.

Lena enjoys supporting the team that she works with and ensures that a high standard of care is delivered to residents at all times.

Fergal Naughton

Head of Unit – Memory Lane

Hi, my name is Fergal and I have been Head of Unit here at Highview since October 2019. I always try and go that extra mile with our residents and their relatives, I maintain regular contact with families to ensure that we are delivering the highest level of care and excellent service at all times.

I look forward to meeting you when you visit our home.

Aiden Wylie

Lead Activities Coordinator

Hello, my name is Aiden Wylie, and I am Head Activities Coordinator here at Highview House.  My job is to ensure a mentally and physically challenging and varied calendar of activities.  I want to involve all our residents in a warm and welcoming environment.

My career has been in education and I have lived in countries as diverse as Japan and Iraq, but in 2022 I came to Highview with the ambition of offering a range of activities, trips and entertainment which lead to lasting memories and experiences. 

Stuart Sturgeon

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Stuart Sturgeon and it’s my honour to be head chef at Highview House.  My career has been cooking in busy hotels and restaurants in the hospitality sector where I was responsible for creating challenging and creative menus. 

Here at Highview, I need to learn every resident’s likes and dislikes, as well as their individual nutritional needs.  I have the responsibility of creating their menu.  It’s their home, and my team and I take pride in creating menus that we know they’ll enjoy. 

I’m also responsible for assisting the Activities Team on theme days, parties and one-off events.

If you see me around, I’m always happy to chat!

Mairi Moores

Head of Maintenance

Hi, my name is Mairi and I joined Barchester in 2008 and became Head of Maintenance here at Highview in 2014. Maintenance is paramount when it comes to our residents, relatives and colleagues, and my role is to keep the home environment to the highest standards possible, ultimately creating a safe and warm place for our residents to live and my colleagues to work.

I also manage and deal with contractors, keeping records up-to-date for our audits. I am the home's health and safety champion.

Darcey Sturgeon


Hi, my name is Darcey Sturgeon and I am a hostess at Highview House.  I have been a part of the catering team since 2022, and my job is to ensure positive, comfortable and luxurious dining experiences for all of our residents. 

This extends to not only the dining room but individual rooms as well, and from meal times through to snack times.  What I enjoy most is communicating with residents and learning about their lives.”

Sharon Laird

Activities Coordinator

Hello, I’m Sharon Laird.  I have now worked with the Barchester Healthcare group in the Activities Department since July 2022, having previously been in the NHS for 40 years.   I worked as a nurse and then a midwife before retirement from the health service.  Now I have gone full circle from early life to retirement! 

I thoroughly enjoy all the fun and entertainment that comes with the job.