People make the difference at Parklands. We were one of the first care home providers in Scotland to gain Investors in People Status, and have won a number of awards for training and development. Over the past 25 years, Parklands has developed a dedicated, caring team of professionals who always strive to deliver the highest quality of care, supported by our senior leadership team.
Parklands employs around 550 staff across Moray and the Highlands and many have been with us for ten years and more. As staff numbers have expanded, a career structure has been developed to support staff training and development, including a management trainee programme.
Ron Taylor established Parklands Group in 1993. He has worked in Moray for most of his adult life and is a past President of Moray Chamber of Commerce. Outside of work he enjoys walking his dogs, cycling and watching his beloved Manchester United. He is often mistaken for his twin brother!
Elaine McIntosh has a background in Administration and Information Management and joined Parklands in 2001 as an administrator. She progressed to Operations Manager and then Operations Director in 2014. She is passionate about delivering a high standard of care and feels privileged to do the job that she does. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dogs.
Simon Wrench qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1999 and has worked in a number of financial services roles with Bank of Scotland and latterly Standard Life before joining Parklands in January 2017. Simon also holds the CISI Investment Advice Diploma in Investments & Securities and the CFA Society Level 4 certificate in Investment Management. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and walking his dogs. However his real passion is cycling and the majority of his spare time is either spent cycling or thinking about cycling!
Ruth Smith has worked within the Parklands group for over 16 years and began her career as a carer in Netherha. Ruth then went on to progress to a shift leaser in Parklands and manages Netherha Care home. Ruth has her SVQ4 in both leadership and Management and Health and Social Care. Oustide of work Ruth enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking the dog and keeping active.
Shona Conlin has worked within the NHS and private care sector for over 30 years. A qualified RNMH and RGN she has enjoyed positions in both clinical and management posts. Out of work she enjoys walking and farming with her partner.
Morna McKay has worked for Parklands for nearly 20 years. During that time she has held various roles within the company as a domestic, carer, shift leader, SVQ assessor, deputy manager and now care home manager. Morna has an SVQ 4 in Health and Social Care and an SVQ 4 in Leadership and Management. She has two daughters and three grandchildren and enjoys spending her free time with them.
Brenda Harper has worked in the care sector for over 20 years. She has gained extensive knowledge, experience and qualifications relating to the care profession during this time which has led her into her current managerial role. Outside of work she enjoys travelling, skiing and spending time with her grandson.
Claire Smith has worked for Parklands for over 20 years. An experienced care professional, she is a qualified SVQ Assessor and has a number of professional qualifications in health and social care, leadership and management, supervision in care settings and managing the protection of individuals. Her interests include walking her dog and spending time with family and friends.
Jackie Macrae joined Parklands as a care home manager in 2017. She is a qualified registered general nurse and previously worked in a local hospital in Golspie for 12 years. Outside of work she enjoys playing golf and spending time with her two children.
Susan MacLennan joined Parklands as a care home manager in 2018. A qualified specialist palliative nurse, she previously worked as a community nurse and out of hours nurse practitioner in Aviemore A&E and at the Highland Hospice in Inverness. More recently, she was manager of the Marie Curie nursing service for the Highlands and Skye. In her spare time, she enjoys hill walking, horse riding, skiing and kayaking.