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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 and Support staff and management teams are registered with SSSC in the relevant parts of the register.

All staff we employ experience our Induction processes, mentoring and work shadowing, regular support with an identified mentor, and their line manager with ongoing statutory and mandatory training.

Additional training is sourced being reflective to the needs of our customers; for example, we have sought Epilepsy, Stressed and Distressed Behavior, Communication, Good Conversations, Outcomes, Leadership and Enhanced Infection control for Covid -19.

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.

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


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 50 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

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, traveling experiencing new cultures and destinations, cinema and fine dining, and putting my feet up after a busy day.

elaine mccourtney

Elaine McCourtney

Managing Director
I have now been working in Health and Social Care for over 20 years, during which time I have managed HMO properties, Care at Home and Support Services both for older adults and adults with additional needs. Prior to working with adults, I worked over 10years in Special Educational Needs, supporting nursery, primary and secondary aged children.

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, empowering others to be the best they can be.

Developing Stranraer Skills Station into a service that is responsive to the needs of others, to ensure everyone can live the life they want to as independently as possible, with a high standard of care at all times.

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

Anne Gibson

Operations Manager – Day Care and Support Services
I joined the team here at Stranraer Skills Station in 2017. My journey at Stranraer Skills Station commenced working as Team Leader in Care at Home whilst also working within our Learning Disability Hub. This gave me invaluable experience and skills which has supported me into my promoted role as Operations Manager Day Care Services.

In May 2019 Skills Station successfully tendered and opened two new Day Care facilities. Working as part of the Management Team through design, development and set-up, was a fantastic experience and I gained valueable skills and knowldege. I continue to develop my skills and have completed Health and Social Care Leadership and Management Level 4, I also have undertaken additional training in the Safe Handling of Medicines, Dementia, Principles of End of Life Care and Manual Handling train the trainer.

I am originally from Ireland, moving to Glasgow where I gained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science, while at Uni I also met my husband. We live in Stranraer with our daughter Mollie and our dog Archie.

My family back home are also important to me, especially my nieces and nephews and I travel to see and spend time with them as often as possible.

Estelle Brumwell

Anne Gibson

Operations Manager – Care and Support at Home Service
I have been employed by Stranraer Skills Station for over five years initially, as a frontline worker, then I was promoted to Team Leader. Proudly, as of January 2016, I applied and was successful in obtaining the Operations Manager position, responsible for the Care and Support at Home Teams.

Working in this sector for over ten years I have developed my skills and knowledge greatly, having completed my SVQ Level 4 Health and Social Care and SVQ Level 4 Leadership and Management. I have undertaken additional training in the Safe Handling of Medicines, Dementia, Principles of End-of-Life Care, Manual handling train the trainer. As one big team we learn together and form ecah other as well as formal training and development we undertake.

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

Mary Ellen Swan

Care Co-ordinator – Day Care and Support Services

margaret mcIntyre

Margaret McIntyre

Care Coordinator Care and Support at Home

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Jocelyn Agnew

Office Manager & Wellbeing Support
I have been employed with Skills Station for 4 years. I started my employment with Skills Station as a Social Care Assistant and quickly advanced to Company Administrator /Medication Officer and more recently was promoted to the post of Office Manager/ Welfare Support.

Since working for Skills Station, I have undertaken additional training to support my role, including Level 3 certificate in The Safe Handling of Medication, Dementia Care and Parkinson’s Awareness, I have also completed my SVQ 3 in Health and Social Care.

I really enjoy working for Stranraer Skills Station, as we are one supportive team, also as every day brings up new challenges and no two days are the same.
I currently live with my partner, my two sons and our cats. My interests include listening to music and attending as many live gigs as possible, reading and socialising with my family and friends.

Lynne McIlwreath

Admin Support
I have recently started my new role Stranraer Skills Station having worked in Social Care for over 20 years and enjoying my new role and being part of a supportive team.

I live with my husband and we have one daughter who works in Health Care Sector as a Critical Care Nurse.

Out of work I have a number of interests, I enjoy cross-stitch, picture and card making, music and reading crime novels. I am heavily involved in my local church and I am the resident organist.