Senior Management Team

Meet our Senior Management Team

Wing Commander Ian Cumming served in the Royal Air Force Regiment for 27 years – providing safe homes and support to the deployed British Armed Forces, around the world. He left the military to become Director of Communications & Development for a mental health & social care charity. He also served as a Director and Trustee of Vale House Oxford – a specialist dementia care home. He joined Erskine having been Deputy Managing Director of a large UK commercial care company. He is delighted to once again be heading a multi-specialist team that provides safe homes and support for Veterans of all ages and their families - who are facing challenges of a different sort, post-Service.

Prior to joining Erskine in June 2016, Derek worked in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Orkney and NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Latterly he was Lead Nurse/ Associate Nurse Director in North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Derek is also on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Professional Strategic Advisory Group and on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

Joining Erskine during 2020 as Director of Strategic (Finance and Business) Planning, Gregor is responsible for ensuring Erskine delivers and grows financially sustainable, and relevant social impact to the ex-Forces community.

Previously, Gregor worked in Deloitte’s UK corporate finance and external audit practices across the corporate and non-profit sectors, and later served in financial and commercial leadership roles with Angkor Hospital for Children a health care non-profit based in Cambodia.

Gregor graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009, qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 2012. Gregor was the recipient of The ICAS OneYoungCA President’s award in 2018 for his work at AHC and graduated from a Master’s degree in social innovation with the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge during 2020.

Gregor is passionate about building effective mission driven organisations through an approach which incorporates commerce, rigor and ambition.

Sarah joined Erskine during 2020 as the Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. Sarah is responsible for leading the HR and OD function as well as our in-house Occupational Health service; IT department, Volunteers and our flagship Erskine Reid Macewan Activities Centre.
Sarah started her career in the Royal Navy working in ‘personnel’ where she served for seven years. Since then she has gained a further 20 plus years’ experience at Senior HR level working in the Social Housing and Care sector. In addition to her post at Erskine, Sarah is a Board Trustee of The Mungo Foundation who deliver care and support to vulnerable people in the West of Scotland and is also Chair of their Workforce and Organisational Development Committee.

Sharon has worked in finance for 30 years and has enjoyed a number of posts within varied organisations. She came to Erskine in 2006, originally as Finance Supervisor, making her way to Finance Manager, and now to Head of Finance. Her role in Erskine covers all financial functions which she enjoys immensely. She is very proud to say she works at Erskine.

Dougie joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1988 and served for 22 years in various environments, reaching the rank of WO1.
On leaving the army he joined the Ayrshire Hospice as Facilities Manager and spent 7 years there gaining certified membership of BIFM before taking up post as Head of Facilities and Support Services at Erskine in November 2017.
In his spare time Dougie enjoys most sports, especially golf and football.

Sara worked within the Marketing Department at Glasgow Caledonian University during its launch in 1993. She then spent 12 years at Sense Scotland with responsibility for cultivating individual giving. Sara joined Erskine as Head of the Fundraising in 2010 with an annual target of £8m and then became Head of External Relations in 2014 with responsibility for Fundraising, Marketing and External Communications.

Gordon Johnston is the Manager of the Erskine Glasgow Home. Gordon trained as a Registered Nurse in Glasgow, qualifying in 1986. After several years working in acute NHS settings, Gordon moved into Elderly Care in 1996. He was the Manager of Sir Gabriel Wood’s Mariner’s Home in Greenock (a charitable Home for elderly merchant sailors) for six years, before becoming the Manager of Flanders House for ex-Servicemen, operated by the Earl Haig Fund Scotland. When Flanders House closed in 2005, Gordon transferred to Erskine and has been the Erskine Glasgow Home Manager since the Home opened in 2007.

Alison has been with Erskine since August 2011 where she started her time as House Manager of Rothesay Wing and in March 2012 she was promoted to the post of Home Manager. Prior to joining Erskine Alison worked for several years as a Unit Manager for a Bupa Care Home and prior to this managed a nursing agency with Advantage Healthcare and Bupa Healthcare Professionals.

Lesley has over 30 years' experience of working in care homes. She initially worked as a care assistant whilst waiting to complete her nurse training. After qualifying as a nurse, Lesley worked in neurology and oncology in the NHS before returning to her preferred environment in the care home setting. She joined Erskine in 2010 as a House Manager in The Erskine Home and now considers it an honour to manage Erskine Park Home. Lesley is passionate about the Care Erskine provides. Lesley was awarded the Queen's Nurse title in 2018 giving her the opportunity to champion Care Home Nursing as a positive career pathway.

Bill joined the Army in 1977 and went on to serve 10 years with the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards. Bill came to Erskine in 1996 initially as a disabled veteran but with Erskine’s support took the opportunity to retrain in IT networking and went on to implement Erskine’s first computer network. Bill is now Erskine’s IT Manager and a member of the British Computer Society and Chartered IT Professional as well as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and is responsible for all data and network security and services across all Erskine sites.

Karen is a Chartered Member of CIPD and joined Erskine in October 2007 as an HR Advisor. In April 2014 Karen was promoted to HR Manager overseeing a department of five employees and the Erskine Reid Macewen Training and Conference Centre. Prior to joining Erskine, Karen held HR positions within the NHS and Babcock Naval Services.

Pauline is a registered nurse with over 26 years' experience. After qualifying in 1990 Pauline worked in Care of the Elderly Assessment and Rehabilitation. With the closure of Bridge of Weir Hospital in 1999 Pauline assisted in the opening of the Larkfield Unit in Greenock and delivered care in the Acute Stroke Ward. She joined Erskine in 2003 as Night Response Sister and took up the post of House Manager within her first year. In 2007 Pauline became Practice Development Nurse Manager and in 2011 joined the Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement Team.

After joining Erskine in the Social Work Department in 1991, Mabel was instrumental in setting up the Moving in Department where she was promoted to Moving in Manager in 2007.
The Moving in Team welcome and admit both respite and long term care residents to Erskine and are passionate about making their stay, both short and long term, an enjoyable and satisfying experience.