Meet the Lochduhar Care Home team

Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:

Gillian Ward

General Manager

Hi, my name is Gillian, and I am the General Manager here at Lochduhar. Welcome to our website!

I have been very fortunate to have had a career in nursing that has spanned both the NHS and the independent sector since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1989. I studied a BA in Nursing Studies in Glasgow from 1985-89 and then graduated with an MSc in Palliative Care in 2014 from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

Previous roles have involved working with older people, working within an acute surgical ward and, before joining Lochduhar, I spent working in a hospice as Head of Care, leading and managing staff to deliver palliative and end of life care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, and also supporting their families and carers.

I am a dedicated, qualified nurse and my real passion lies with ensuring every resident is treated with respect and dignity and the care they receive is of the highest standard, which reflects their individual needs.

I am responsible for effectively inspiring and leading the staff team to ensure the delivery of an excellent standard of care that promotes independence and dignity and positively enhances the lives of individual residents in our care.

Kirsten Dalgarno

Deputy Manager

I started working here as a Care Assistant in 2009, leaving for a short time to concentrate on my nursing degree before I returned to the home as a Staff Nurse. Since then, I have been working my way up to my current role.

A brief spell working in an acute hospital setting confirmed my passion for working with older adults, and I’m currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Gerontology with Dementia Care. I am very passionate about providing high quality, person-centred care to those we support, ensuring we enable individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

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Cheryl Beeton

Cheryl Beeton


I am the administrator here at Lochduhar. I deal with all aspects of the administration in the home to ensure it runs smoothly, from invoicing, ordering, recruitment, setting up contracts, to manning reception; there's never a dull day! I consider myself to be extremely privileged to work with such wonderful people, full of humour with wonderful stories to tell. I know it’s a cliché, but we are like one big happy family. I love being here!

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Sally Gilder

Head of Activities

Sally has been in the care sector for 25 years, she moved to Scotland 2 years ago and joined our Lochduhar team as a care assistant. Sally is very passionate about the care she provides and the welfare of our residents. Working as a care assistant Sally was able to get to know the residents wants and needs to provide excellent person –centres care to each individual. Sally now feels that she can provide a different side of herself to promote an active and inclusive lifestyle through her new role as Head of Activities.

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Margaret Murdoch

Activities Coordinator

We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities.

Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love and we are passionate about ensuring our Residents are linked to the community and we continue to develop these relationships.

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Heather Johnstone

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Heather Johnstone, and I have worked at Lochduhar since 2000. Lochduhar is not only my work place, but it’s also like a second home to me, as it is a warm and friendly environment. We are all here for the residents and it makes my day to see them smiling and having fun. 

Maricel Regatillo

Senior Nurse

Maricel has worked at Lochduhar since 2004 and was originally employed as a Nurse. Maricel was promoted to a Senior Nurse in 2016 and now oversees our ground floor unit.

Donna Carmichael

Care Practitioner

I am a Care Practitioner and currently Head of Ground Floor. I started my career as a Senior Carer with Barchester in 2016, and was offered the opportunity to advance in my career, which has brought me to the position I hold just now. I love spending time with the residents and hearing all their stories; it’s like a history lesson every day!

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Evelyn Paterson

Head Chef

Evelyn has worked at Lochduhar since 2007, originally as an Assistant Cook before being promoted to Head Chef in 2011. Prior to working at Lochduhar, she worked for the NHS catering department.

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

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

01387 424 610

All other calls

01387 256 524

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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