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Lauder Lodge

Trusted to care in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Meet our friendly care team

Our team is made up of people who are highly trained and experienced, whether they’re nurses, carers, chefs or housekeepers. While we’re all very different, we’re all dedicated to ensuring your loved one experiences the best care and quality of life. Find out more about our managers, lifestyle colleagues, clinicians and carers now.

Anees Riaz

Home Manager

Anees Riaz

I’m a qualified nurse and have worked in a children’s clinic as well as in older people’s care.

Joining Lauder Lodge has been very exciting for me: commissioning a new home is a challenge, and the whole team has worked closely together to create a wonderful home from home.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know the team in the process, identifying their strengths and using them to everyone’s advantage. I’m enjoying watching the team grow while providing exceptional service and tailored care for every resident. 

I’m infamous for my sweet tooth, so I particularly enjoy afternoon tea time, when I can spend time with the residents, sharing stories and memories over a cup of tea and, of course, freshly baked goodies! 

Outside of work, shopping is a guilty pleasure of mine, followed by coffee dates with friends – usually just an excuse to get the biggest cake on display!

Kimberly Mason-Case
Deputy Manager

I decided to join Care UK as I loved the time I spent working as an agency nurse within both Murrayside and Lauder Lodge care homes.

I have worked within social care for several years and I started as a care assistant while I completed my nursing training. I then developed into working as a Deputy Manager and Home Manager as well as working in pediatric and neonatal nursing.

The best part of my working day is getting to know the residents and their quirks and I love spending time with them.

Outside of work, family time is important to me and I enjoy spending time with my beautiful nieces and nephews. I have a little dog called Belle who I just adore and she brings genuine happiness to my life. My friends and family are the world to me. When I’m not found with them, I can usually be found spending my wages at the shops!

Richard Annan
Customer Relations Manager

I spent some months looking for a care home for my mum, and eventually decided on a Care UK home.

I was so impressed with the whole process and the continuing support and care my mum receives that I decided I wanted to work for the organisation.

While I used to work in customer relations in the motor industry, moving to the social care sector has been a steep learning curve, particularly getting to grips with regulations, contracts and how we work with local authorities.

One of the best aspects of my job is meeting prospective residents and their families. It's an emotional experience looking for care for a loved one, and people can often be tearful when we lift the burden from them, and they see that their loved one will be cared for like one of our family. It’s very satisfying to help families.

I'm an avid rugby fan, so in my spare time you might find me watching an Edinburgh Rugby match, or motor sport. And my favourite way to unwind is over a long lunch and a few drinks with my family.

May Espallardo
Unit Manager

Before I joined Lauder Lodge I was working as a Home Manager at another provider, but I decided I needed a change of environment.

I knew that Care UK was a very good provider to work for and supports the needs of residents and colleagues.

I’m a Registered Nurse, and completing my Master’s degree in nursing was the proudest moment of my career so far.

Working with residents living with dementia, you need to have a positive attitude and excellent communication skills. I’m proud to make a difference in residents’ lives and make them happy, even if it’s just for a short while.

The most important part of my role is supporting residents on their dementia journeys and giving family and friends guidance to better understand dementia.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time at home with family, and I love to travel abroad with family and friends.

Michelle Gebbie
Activity Lead

I worked as a senior carer in different nursing homes for over 20 years before joining Care UK.

I love engaging with all the residents throughout the day, whether that’s through activities or just catching up with a coffee and a chat.

As a Lifestyle Lead, it’s important to be passionate about your role, to have an up-beat personality and be approachable and compassionate.

Fulfilling wishes for residents is one of my favourite parts of this role. I was honoured to help a resident who wanted to go fishing, which I have never done before. I also supported a resident who wanted to fly in a small plane. They said to me, ‘I will do it if you come with me,’ and it was an honour.

I enjoy making everyone smile and giving out hugs if needed, and when residents say that they have had a great day that puts me at ease. I am most proud for the friendships I’ve built with the residents in Lauder Lodge, knowing the trust they have in me.

Outside of work, I love to bake, read and go swimming or to the beach.

Graham Watson
Head Chef

I’ve worked in the hotel, restaurant and leisure industry for most of my career and I’ve cooked for people like Princess Anne and David Attenborough.

In 2017, I fancied a new challenge and wanted to go outside my comfort zone. Here at Lauder Lodge I have the chance to give residents a restaurant-style dining experience and to set a new standard in care home catering.

I enjoy meal times the most here as all the time and effort that you’ve put into preparing, creating and cooking the food comes to fruition when the dishes are served. Residents really enjoy what we do for them and they pass on their compliments, which makes it worth it.

I'm passionate about making care home catering the best it can be, so I was delighted to win Care UK's Chef of the Year competition in 2018. I love experimenting with new menus and dishes for residents to enjoy, and the competition was a chance to showcase my skills and creativity. 

Away from work, I unwind by playing football with my kids. We’re a football-loving family and kicking a ball about is a great way to de-stress.

Sabina Sabanovic
Business Administrator

My background is in hospitality, but I’ve been working for Care UK since 2018, and I transferred to Lauder Lodge in 2020.

Care UK was described to me as a warm and welcoming company, and that’s exactly the experience I’ve had, and the experience I always aim to give residents and their families, as well as colleagues.

This role certainly keeps me on my toes! Every day is different and my workload can change in an instant, so flexibility is key. I always get a great sense of achievement when I tick off all the tasks on my ‘to do’ list!

There’s a lovely team here at Lauder Lodge and a very friendly atmosphere. Everyone helps each other and we enjoy working together to support the residents and their families. It feels like a large family home.

In my spare time I love to unwind with a long walk, or by catching up with friends on the phone or in person. I also like finding interesting podcasts and documentaries to listen to or watch.

Alex Scott
Maintenance Manager

I worked in maintenance at another care home before joining Care UK.

I had heard from colleagues that it was a great provider to work for, and I liked the values and the support system.

As Maintenance Manager you need to be attentive, observant, passionate, motivated and have a good work ethic.

The health and safety of everyone that comes into the home, and ensuring the standard and quality of the home doesn’t slip, are the most important parts of my role.

My favourite part of the day is interacting with the residents. Learning about what is important to them means I can then do things for them through my role as Maintenance Manager.

I’m proud to make a difference by making Lauder Lodge as homely as possible and making the residents feel as safe as I can, ensuring that the environment is right for them.

Outside of work, I enjoy flying pigeons, fly fishing, football and long rides on my motorbike.

Canine Relations Manager

My dad, Richard, is the Customer Relations Manager at the home, and I’m a CRM now too!

I came in to work with him one day and didn’t want to leave, so we made the decision that I should work here on a permanent basis as part of the team.

Everyone treats me like a VIP when I walk around the home. This must be what it’s like being a royal. Except with more tummy rubs and dog treats. The only challenge is remembering everyone’s name – oh, and saying hello to all the residents before I need to have a nap. 

My job is to put smiles on faces and to share the love. In fact, I have so much love to give that I just have to share it with anyone I meet. Any stranger is usually a lifelong friend within seconds. What can I say? It’s a gift I have. See you soon!

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.


Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family. 


The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.


Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.

All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.