Meet Abbotsford Care's Senior Management Team
Abbotsford has an experienced Senior Management team who support our skilled and dedicated staff working in our homes throughout Fife. Our senior team has a wide range of experience in a variety of contexts from Acute Medical and Hospital Governance, Local Commissioning to Care Inspections. Their collective knowledge and operational experience at Abbotsford enables us to reach our 5 strategic aims of the organisation:
1. Identify opportunities for development to ensure our Residents are given best quality of care.
2. Work with Staff to identify and innovative with exciting opportunities to demonstrate best practice.
3. Provide financial, operational and clinical experience to enabling the successfulness of each home.
4. To facilitate sharing and co-operation between our homes and services.
5. Bring the unique family values to Abbotsford Care, to maintain a purpose-driven approach with quality care and support for each individual resident at its heart.
On this page you can review the Abbotsford executive biographies. Click on each member to find out more.
Karen McKechnie - Director
As the director, I have been involved with Abbotsford since its inception in 1986 when my husband and I opened the first nursing home in Milton Road, Kirkcaldy.
I trained as a nurse in Glasgow then moved overseas working in hospitals in the Middle East and with children in the Far East before returning to England and working with older people in a care home on the south coast. Like all staff, I aim to update my knowledge and skills to provide best practice and have over the years updating my nursing certificate by completing a BSc advanced nursing degree, a post graduate management diploma and a BA degree covering needs of people with disabilities / difficulties.
Alyson Vale - Business and Operations Director
Abbotsford Care is close to my heart, as a family-run business, being part of the family is something I am exceptionally proud of. From the early days when my parents started the company a year before I was born, to being that toddler swung around by her dungarees by residents, growing up being inspired by the meaningful conversations with the residents and staff who come through our doors. I feel that this company has grown with me over the years and I have been fortunate to understand a great deal about the experiences of those involved by living it. Over the years I have helped in a number of roles from; occasional carer, seasonal housekeeper, office assistant and my very first job as a child jumping on bins to squash the rubbish for 50p a bin following my dad’s instruction.
My time spent in all these positions has informed my practice, which is centred around a relationship-based strategy not only for our residents but also for our staff promoting and encouraging the sense of family which I am so proud of. I am keen to continue Abbotsford growth and development into the future informed by those fundamental experience who made me the person I am today.
Though my qualifications are not sector based, they have greatly informed who I am today and how I operate. I studied Contemporary Performance (BA 2:1) (2006-2010) at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. It was a unique 4-year experience which nurtured my creative practice by fundamentally shaping my drive for collaborative and reflective practices. My degree not only supported my individual learning but also allowed me opportunities to hone my facilitation skills to support others. In 2011 my life took its next step, I got engaged and embarked on my Masters in Creative Producing for Live Performance and Theatre in Birkbeck in London. This was an amazing opportunity of living and discovery my sense of self in a new place. Throughout this programme I got the opportunity to work with theatre companies throughout the UK, learning and developing my business practice concentrating on developing a sustainable model of producing experimental work, allowing me a toolkit of transferrable skills which I utilise within Abbotsford Care.
As Business and Operations Director my role is continuing the legacy of my father and mother, merging caring compassion whilst promoting a sense of community and collaboration to ensure we create a sustainable business which will continue to grow from strength to strength. I pride myself on knowing our staff and residents, working with every unique individual to ensure they feel part of our family. I now have two beautiful children of my own who regularly already tell me they ‘work for Abbotsford’ which fills me with pride.
Yvonne Manson - Care and Clinical Services Director
I have worked in care homes for the last 25 years and have dedicated my career to ensuring people who live and work in care homes have a voice and are involved in all aspects of their care and environment. I have a particular interest in dementia care and as well as being a registered nurse I also have a Msc in dementia studies and am one of only 100 dementia specialist improvement leads in Scotland. I am currently working towards my PhD where my focus is on working with families and staff in care homes to create a supportive toolkit for advanced dementia. I am also the first care home queen's nurse in Fife and working on a relationship-centred care strategy for the organisation as part of this development program. I was the winner of the RCN nurse leadership award for my dementia work in 2018 and also the national care leader in 2018, I was awarded again in November 2019 for my work in promoting the care home sector and dementia care with the leadership and management award at the Scottish care awards. Abbotsford Care is a family run organisation which fits with my own values of relationship centred care which is a collaborative approach to delivering care that supports a residents individuality and values their relationships. My aim is to continue working closely with families on creating continuous quality improvement programs so if you are interested in being involved in either my PhD work or the relationship-centred care work then please do get in touch.
Fiona Feenie - Support Services Manager
After leaving School in 1980, I worked in a private industry for 10 years, where my claim to fame was meeting Sir Alan Sugar – no he didn’t fire me! I then commenced a 28 year period of employment with Fife Council. I originally started off in the Finance Department, where it was recognised that I had an interest in Social care and was approached to work in Social Work Contracts for a 6 month period. This lasted 23 years. Amongst many of the roles I have undertaken, the last 10 years or so have been involved in Continuous Improvements within the Service. I am passionate about residents receiving quality care in the best of environments.
Hazel Dunsmuir - Clinical Services Manager
I trained as a nurse in 1983 at Bangour General Hospital in West Lothian and my first qualified nursing position was as a staff nurse at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. I worked with the NHS for 14 years in various older people's wards and my last post within the NHS before joining the private care sector was as a charge nurse in an over 65 admissions ward.
My first position within the private sector was working as a care home manager in a 60 bed care home for frail, elderly and older people with dementia and I worked in this position for 5 years. For the last 15 years I have strengthened my knowledge and experience in caring for the older people in various positions within the same organisation including working in the training department as a trainer, assessor and IV, as the clinical lead for the organisation, as well as working as a nurse and a care home manager during this time. Previously, I have opened a care home service and worked closely on a few projects with the NHS and with the care inspectorate in medication management.
I hope that I can support Abbotsford Care with the development of nursing staff, support improvement work and support with all aspects of clinical care within the organisation.