Parklands Care Home, Innes Mhor manager Kate Walker and newly appointed deputy manager, Mel Oliver

New Additions to Parklands’ Highland Team

Parklands Care Homes has boosted its management team in the Highlands.

Mel Oliver has been appointed to the new role of deputy manager at Innis Mhor in Tain. Mel is a well-known figure at Innis Mhor, having worked at the home for eight years, first as a carer and latterly as a shift leader.

Mel said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to step up the ladder again in my career. I am overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from fellow workers and friends and family. I feel very lucky and hope to succeed in the new role and look forward to the future.”

Innis Mhor manager Kate Walker said: “I am so pleased to be working with Mel, she is an excellent addition to our management team.” 

Mel has been shortlisted for the Carer of the Year award at this year’s Highland Heroes Awards. As well as working in the care sector, and being a mum, Mel supports her husband Martyn, who has multiple sclerosis. 

Meanwhile, Eilean Dubh has appointed a new manager, Alexis Le Neven. Originally from France, Alexis moved to the Black Isle in 2019 and has worked in social care for 10 years. He is a familiar face at Eilean Dubh, having worked there as a nurse since it opened in 2021.

Alexis said: “Having been here from the beginning, I have met incredible people working around me. It has given me an understanding of the diverse needs of our residents, their families and our dedicated team, and inspired me to continually strive for excellence.”

Alexis’ mum also works in social care in France and there are plans to ‘twin’ Eilean Dubh with her care home, using virtual technology to connect the two homes through shared activities.

Alana Brown, who was previously a shift leader at Eilean Dubh has also joined Parklands’ Training and Development team as a Trainer in Highland.

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