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, fishing on the River Spey 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.

Jackie Macrae, Area Manager, Parklands Group

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.

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.

William Narvaez, Manager, Urray House

William Narvaez joined Parklands in September 2021. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2012 and has worked in nursing roles in the Philippines, England and Scotland and was until recently Deputy Manager in a private care home in Aberdeenshire. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and his dog, travelling, cooking, music, films, and photography.

Ruth Smith, Manager, Speyside

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...

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.

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.

Jacqui Ferguson, Quality Improvement Lead 

Jacqui Ferguson joined Parklands in March 2020 as Quality Improvement Lead. She is passionate about providing a high standard of care to the people who live in our care homes. Prior to joining Parklands, she worked as an inspector with the Care Inspectorate for 14 years. Her professional background is in nursing, health and social care and regulation. Married with three sons, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Lindsey Anderson, Training and Development Manager

Lindsey Anderson joined the Parklands team in November 2020. She has spent all of her professional life working life in the health and social care sector - for the NHS, the private care sector and the Care Inspectorate. She is passionate about people receiving a high standard of individualised care. She is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse and holds a Regulation of care qualification. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, watching rugby, enjoying the outdoors and travelling.

Louise Gillies, Manager, Netherha 

Louise Gillies has an HNC in Early Education and Childcare and a BA Child and Youth Studies degree and worked as a classroom assistant for many years before moving into Health and Social care. She began working for Parklands Group six years ago, firstly as a carer while she completed her SVQ Level 3 to become a shift leader. During that role, she completed her SVQ Level 4 and was recently promoted to manager at Netherha, a role she is thoroughly enjoying. As a parent of three, she spends her spare time supporting her children’s interests in dancing, golf, and football and also likes to socialise with friends.

Manuela Flueckiger, Manager of People and Culture 

Manuela Flueckiger joined Parklands in May 2021. She was born and raised in Switzerland where she started her HR career after completing her studies. She moved to Scotland 14 years ago and has worked in various HR roles in the public and private sector in the Highlands. She joined Parklands from The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle where she was People and Development Manager.