Meet the team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

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Jane Aitken

Acting General Manager

Hi, I'm Jane, the Acting General Manager here at Strachan House, and I would like to welcome you to our home's website.

I moved to the private sector from the NHS in 2006 and have worked with several leading care providers over the past decade. I now find myself as the Senior General Manager at Canmore Lodge and the Acting General Manager here at Strachan House, which both have incredible internal and external environments, in addition to excellent facilities that are available to those we support.

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Sarah MacKenzie

Deputy Manager

My name is Sarah and I am the Deputy Manager here at Strachan House. I am the newest addition to the senior team at Strachan. I am excited about this opportunity to work in such a friendly and welcoming environment. I enjoy working with our team to provide the highest level of care to those we support.

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Alex Fergusson


Hi, my name is Alex and I am an Administrator here at Strachan House.

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Lynne Hiddleston

Head of Activities

I have come to Strachan House as the Head of Activities and bring with me 9 years’ experience within the same field. I am fortunate to work in such an amazing environment with all the facilities that allow our team to offer residents a varied activities programme that enhances their lifestyle and well-being.

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Debbie Crawford

Ground Floor Charge Nurse

My name is Debbie and I am one of three charge nurses at Strachan house. I feel privileged to be part of a skilled and competent workforce that delivers person-centred care to those we support. 

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Fiona Crow

Music Therapist

I joined the team at Strachan after qualifying as a music therapist in 2008 and I visit the home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We have two weekly music group sessions that are popular with residents who enjoy participating through singing, playing an instrument or dancing.

I also work closely with the physiotherapy staff, providing musical support for the exercise classes, as well as combined one-to-one sessions where appropriate.

There are some residents who I see regularly on a one-to-one basis and this sometimes involves singing with them by their bedside.

I really enjoy my job and continue to be amazed at the positive impact music can bring in a care home setting, particularly to those living with dementia.

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Dinar Matre

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Dinar and I am the Head Chef at Strachan House. I have worked within the hospitality industry since 2000, but Barchester is the first healthcare provider that I have been a part of.

I can say confidently that Strachan House is a fantastic place to live and the quality of life and lifestyle is enhanced by our menu planning and personal choices that we offer as a team.


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James Richardson

Maintenance Manager

Hi, my name is James Richardson and I feel fortunate to be the Maintenance Manager here at Strachan House. 

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Mary Christie

Head Housekeeper

I have worked at Strachan House for 16 years as Head Housekeeper. I enjoy my work as it is extremely varied and I get to meet lots of new people.  Strachan House is a very nice home to work in. Outside work I love spending time with my grandchildren, dog walking and bingo.  So all in all, life is very busy.

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Gail Hunter


I have worked in Strachan House for 7 years. I first started as a carer, and then moved onto activities, which I really enjoy. I started working on reception about 8 months ago and with any new role you are forever learning. Now I have the best of both worlds as I work 3 days on reception and 2 days on activities.  This allows me to spend some quality time with the residents. Out of work I like art, music, yoga, and spending time with my family at the weekends. 

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Michael Scott


My name is Mike and I have worked for Barchester since 2015, and have been based at Strachan since 2017. As well as driving, my duties include assisting the Head of Maintenance, gardening and supporting residents.

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