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Irene Smith

Home Manager

Irene has worked in the Health and Social Care sector since qualifying as a RGN  in 1985.


Irene then spent almost 10 years working as District Nursing Sister in the Three Towns area during which time she achieved her degree in Community Nursing.


Irene then moved into her first management role in 1998 when she managed a continuing care hospital plus three day hospitals in East Ayrshire. Irene gained extensive experience during this time.


Irene then became Operational Director of a Care at Home Company which covered the west and central belt of Scotland for nine years.


Irene first joined Haylie House in 2012 and held the Manager's post until November 2017 when she left to work in another home for a short period.


Irene returned to Haylie  House in January 2019 to take up the Home Manager's position again and is delighted to be back.


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Mhairi McFarlane

Deputy Home Manager


Mhairi has worked at Haylie House since 2013.

She started as a Carer and developed a passion for caring for the elderly. She then became Senior Carer in 2015 and enjoyed the challenge of her new role.


In 2016, Mhairi joined the management team in the role of Care Supervisor.


Her qualifications include an HND in Social Sciences; SVQ 3 in Health & Social Care and she is currently working towards her SVQ 4 in Health & Social Care and will then complete the Care Services Leadership and Management Qualification.


Experience in this role led to her to being appointed Deputy Home Manager in 2021, relishing the extra responsibilities while overseeing and facilitating the care and support of the residents in line with the current Health & Social Care Standards.


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Gillian Ness

Care Supervisor


Gillian has worked at Haylie House since 1987. 


She started her career as a Carer when only 16 and instantly found that she loved working with the elderly.


In time, Gillian became Senior Carer then shortly afterwards joined the Management team as Relief Care Home Manager.


Her qualifications include SVQ3, SVQ4 in Health and Social Care and the Registered Managers Award.


Gillian held the position of Deputy Home Manager from 2008 until 2021 when she decided on a more hands-on role and became Care Supervisor. Gillian is responsible for overseeing the provision of care and support delivered by the care staff in line with the Health and Social Care Standards.


Gillian thoroughly enjoys working with our dedicated team whilst caring for the residents here at Haylie House which has always been her top priority.


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Dawn Stoddart

Accounts Administrator

Dawn was brought up in Largs and knows the town very well.


She started working at Haylie House in August 2017 after completing an HND in Accounting at Ayrshire College in Kilmarnock.


Dawn completed her Degree in Accounting at UWS in Paisley in 2019 and returned to Haylie House on a full-time basis as an Accounts Administrator in March 2019.


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Emma Bulloch


Emma joined the Haylie House admin team in December 2021 after several years in the finance department of a transport company in Glasgow.

From school, she worked in retail then hospitality but discovered a passion for finance during management training when working for a hotel chain.

She is currently studying for her AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting.


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Chris Powis

Catering Manager

Chris is an ex-army trained chef.


He travelled extensively with the Army fine-tuning his skills including a period serving as Chef at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.


On entering civvy street, Chris worked in several large restaurants before returning to his wife’s home town of Largs.


He has worked at Haylie House since 2012 and enjoys providing a variety food for our residents, catering for many of their special dietary needs whilst enjoying being part of a very friendly team.


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