Our People

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 27 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.

Careers with Parklands

Parklands employs around 600 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.

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Ron Taylor, Managing Director, Parklands Group

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. He was shortlisted as Highland Business Leader of the Year in 2018. Outside of work he enjoys walking his dogs Milly and Molly, cycling and watching his beloved Manchester United. He is often mistaken for his twin brother!


Elaine Taylor, Operations Director, Parklands Group

Elaine Taylor 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.

Vikki Johnson, Finance Director, Parklands Group

Vikki Johnson has been a finance director for 16 years and has worked in a variety of sectors, including oil and gas service companies, medical systems and food manufacturing. Recent roles have focused on businesses with Private Equity Partners. She enjoys hiking in our beautiful countryside, is a seasonal Yoga Master and regularly lectures on teacher training courses.

Claire Smith, Area Manager, Parklands Group

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, Manager, Innis Mhor

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.

Ruth Smith, Manager, Netherha

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.

Brenda Harper, Manager, Glenisla

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.

Denise Risk, Manager, Parklands & Burnbank

Denise Risk has over thirty years experience in the care sector and has worked for Parklands for nearly eight years. During her time with the company, she has gained several professional qualifications and most recently worked as a deputy manager and moving and handling trainer for the group. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, horses, cats and ducks - though not necessarily in that order...

Louise Queen, Manager, Speyside Care Home

Louise Queen graduated from Robert Gordon University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Canada where she worked as a clinical educator in the care sector, progressing into a management role. Following the birth of her twins, she returned to working as a registered nurse. She moved back to the UK in 2017 to take up a nursing post in a care home, and now joins Parklands in a management role at Speyside.

Shona Conlin, Manager, Lynemore

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.

Shona MacGillivray, Manager, Urray House Care Home


Shona is a health and social care professional with over 20 years experience in the field. A fully qualified registered manager, she has a wide background of experience including mental health, learning difficulties and addictions. Originally from Fort William, Shona moved to the local area with her husband two years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and painting.

Sharon Reid, Manager, Eilean Dubh Care Home

Sharon joined the Parklands team in February 2021 to launch our latest care home in Fortrose. A registered nurse, she has extensive experience of the care sector, having worked as a carer, support worker, agency nurse and nurse manager. Originally from the West Highlands, she enjoys walking her dogs and spending time with her family.