Our Staff

All Stranraer Skills Station staff are specially selected via our robust Recruitment and Section process, which is Values Based and promotes an opportunity for all candidates’ individual skills, talents, experiences and knowledge to be shared.

All staff are also subject to Enhanced PVG scheme registration through Disclosure Scotland and suitable references, are always taken up. All our care at home staff and managers are registered with SSSC in the relevant parts of the register.

All staff we employ experience our Induction processes, mentoring and work shadowing, with regular support with an identified mentor and their line manager with ongoing statutory and mandatory training.
Our Training Program for all staff includes:
  • Health and Safety
  • Fire Awareness
  • Food Hygiene
  • Moving and Handling theory and practical
  • Medication Awareness
  • Adult Support and Protection
  • Continence Awareness Training
  • Infection Control
  • First Aid
  • Diversity and Equality
  • Dementia
Additional training is sourced being reflective to the needs of our customers; for example, we have sought Epilepsy, Stressed and Distressed Behaviour, Communication, Eye Drop application and PEG training and others.

We want all our staff to thrive and we actively develop any staff member who indicates a desire or we identify skills that could be developed and shared either as mentors, coaches, champions and into roles of additional responsibility.

As well as training the staff we supply, we offer a range of training options which can be delivered outwith our own organisation, supporting fellow Care Providers.
Volunteers are actively encouraged and supported as a member of our team. Subject to Enhanced Disclosure and trained in the same way as staff member.

Volunteers can benefit from this role in numerous ways gaining confidence, making a difference in people lives, meeting new people being part of the team, learning new skills and taking on new challenges and hopefully having fun as well.

Our Management Team have collectively over 60 years’ experience in Health and Social Care in a variety of settings, we are all qualified and are all registered with the Scottish Social Service Council.

Management Team

Our Management Team have collectively over 30 years’ experience in Health and Social Care in a variety of settings, we are all qualified and are all registered with the Scottish Social Service Council.

Gillian Templeton

Managing Director
I have worked in the Health and Social Care for over 25 years, gaining invaluable training and skills. I decided to go on this joint venture with my friend and colleague Elaine McCourtney, and together, we constructed Stranraer Skills Station, recruiting and developing others along the way, formally opening our doors August 2010.

My vision was to not only provide care and support to the vulnerable in our community, but also to create jobs in an area of high unemployment, and now it is a pleasure to work alongside a dedicated passionate team who all share the same common goal.

Out of work I enjoy time with my family, travelling experiencing new cultures and destinations, cinema and fine dining, and putting my feet up after a busy day.

Elaine McCourtney

Hon Director
Working in Health and Social Care for over 20 years, during which I have managed HMO properties, Care at Home Services and Support Services. My personal development is important to me and I am qualified to SVQ Level 4 including Registered Manager Level 4. I also enjoy sharing my learning with others and training staff teams.
Previous to this I worked with Education Department, specialising in Special Educational Needs for over 10 years supporting facilitating the National Curriculum for different learning needs.

My interests out of work are walks with my beagle, short breaks with my husband, listening to music, holidays, creating memories with my friends and family.

Anne Gibson

Operations Manager - Day Care Services

I joined the team here at Stranraer Skills Station in 2017. My journey at Stranraer Skills Station commenced working as a Support Practitioner, before advancing within the organisation to Team Leader. Giving me invaluable experience and skills which supported me into my latest promotion to Operations Manager Day Care Services. In May 2019 Skills Station opened two new Day Care facilities, being part of the Management Team throughout, designing and developing of these new services was fantastic. I continue to develop my skills and have recently completed my SVQ Level 4 (HSC) Leadership and Management.
I am originally from Ireland and moved to Glasgow where I gained my BA in Social Science, while at Uni I also met my husband, we live in Stranraer with our dog Archie, who we enjoy spending lots of time out on walks with.
My family back home are important to me, especially my nieces and nephews and I travel to see and spend time with them as often as possible.

Estelle Brumwell

Operations Manager - Care at Home
I have been employed by Stranraer Skills Station for eighteen months initially as a as frontline worker and advancing to Team Leader. Proudly, as of January 2016, I applied and was promoted to Operations Manager. Working in this sector for over eight years I have developed my skills and knowledge greatly having completed my SVQ Level 3 (HSC) and SVQ Level 4 Leadership and Management. I have undertaken additional training in the Safe Handling of Medicines, Dementia and Principles of End of Life Care.
I live at Portpatrick with my fiancé after relocating from Cumbria. I have two dogs Jess and Ruby who I love spending time with and going for long walks. My hobbies include reading, gardening and motorcycling, and especially enjoy the thrill of the the Isle of Man TT races.

Admin Team


Karen Scott

Care Co-ordinator
I joined Stranraer Skills Station in April 2015 as an admin volunteer. Gillian and Elaine recognised my knowledge, experience and work ethic and quickly offered me a paid employment with the organisation. Since July 2016 I have now developed my admin role to Care Co-ordinator and have responsibility for scheduling all service user’s support hours and development workers work schedules. I enjoy working for Stranraer Skills Station as no two days are the same and thrive on the daily challenges this brings.

When I go home I enjoy time with my son and my Fiancé, and my wider family, my friends are also important to me. My hobbies are reading, listening to music or play games on my phone.