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:

Arthur Brannagan

General Manager

Hi, my name is Arthur and I am the General Manager here at Strachan House.

For the vast majority of the past 25 years since I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I have worked at a senior management level with various health and social care teams. The pursuit of excellence, true person-centred care and meaningful change are my driving motivations. I have had three passions throughout my career: care of the elderly (specifically dementia care and support), palliative care and mental health / learning disability health and social care provision. Each of these has shaped the practitioner I am today.

Much of my career has been based within the care home sector and I have more than 10 years senior management experience in the sector, having worked with some of the most dynamic, motivated and highest rated services available in Glasgow and Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire.

In 2005, I changed the focus of my experience to the mental health / learning disability / autism sector and held managerial roles with a social care provider for 7 years as Area Manager for Glasgow and then Regional Quality Manager for Scotland and NE England before becoming a Hospital Manager with a specialist service. It was during this time that I completed my BSc in Interprofessional Practice.

I returned to the care home sector in 2015 with a renewed passion for excellence, forward thinking and motivational care delivery. Having recently relocated back from Aberdeen, my most recent post was as General Manager at a very successful and well-established service within the city’s west end where we achieved Grade 6s with the Care Inspectorate and had a reputation for excellence, attention to detail and creative care delivery that enabled residents to achieve a sense of well-being and lead full and active lives.

I am passionate about the delivery of a quality service that strives to break the mould and question our perception of what a care home is and should be. I have heard many positive things about Barchester and I am excited to be joining a team that values every person as an individual and is not content to be average. When I visited the service, I was struck by the warmth and welcoming approach of the team here and am excited to be a part of their future and to see how, together, we can maintain an excellent reputation.

I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, where they can receive a bespoke service tailor made to their own requirements and expectations; and throughout my time I have worked as part of teams that have made a difference to the lives of the people in our care, alongside their families and friends.

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Sarah MacKenzie

Deputy Manager (Maternity Leave)

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. I am currently on maternity leave.

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Louisa Ho

Acting Deputy Manager

Hello and welcome, I’m currently acting as Deputy Manager while Sarah is on Maternity Leave. My main role before this was as the Unit Manager in Memory Lane. I worked for Barchester previously before moving to Strachan in the Summer of 2018.

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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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Liz Agreby

Ground Floor Charge Nurse

I am the Unit Manager on the Ground Floor and have worked at Strachan House for nearly 20 years. I am passionate about my job and love both the team I work with and the residents and families who have let me be a part of their lives.

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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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Roy Simpson

Head Chef

I am the new Head Chef at Strachan House. Having joined the team I am looking forward to continuing to produce a diverse menu that is both nutritious and enjoyable. I have worked in catering for over 30 years and bring experience in various hotels and restaurants around Edinburgh to our 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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