Staff Profiles


Hannah Gillies (Scheme Manager)

I am the new manager at Home-Start Lorn and started in June 2021. I have lived in Oban for around three years and absolutely love its beautiful array of beaches and friendly community. I am so excited to be part of Home-Start Lorn and think it's a fantastic and unique organisation that aims at providing support to any parent/caregiver in their time of need. In my role I hope to continue to help grow and develop the charity, linking in with the community and health/social care to ensure we help build a strong network and support system around our families.

On a personal level, I'm very family orientated and love hosting get togethers and big lunches -  which I might just have to organise for our Home-Start families! When not doing this, I spend most of my days at Ganavan with my dog and the blow-up kayak! I am also a keen basketball player and this was how I met my soon to be husband!




Kirsty Renton (Development Officer)

I live in Salen. Following our expansion on the Isle of Mull, I took up a new position of Home-start Development Officer in September 2021 having worked as Co-ordinator since November 2017. I am really enjoying the challenges and opportunities that the job entails. I also feel very lucky to work for an organisation which provides such a meaningful service within my community.

I am a wife and a mother to a very beautiful and energetic toddler who enjoys nothing more than helping us look after the sheep, chickens and dogs on our smallholding.




Andrew Parker (Administrator)

I live just outside Oban in a nearby village. I took up the post in early 2021 and am enjoying the diversity of the role so far. Following a long period working in a commercial setting, I wanted to work in an environment that was more about helping the local community and individuals, than merely trying to make a profit for a faceless corporation. Homestart provides an essential service that benefits large numbers of families, supporting them at a time when it is most needed.

I'm a keen exerciser and enjoy walking, football & mountaineering. Following lockdown, it turns out I bake - so, if you're "lucky" you'll occasionally find cookies, brownies a flapjack or a protein ball at the Homestart Lorn office (while stocks last).



RebeccaRebecca Maclennan (Isle of Mull Co-ordinator)

I'm Rebecca and I'm the new co-ordinator on Mull. I was brought up on the island and am now bringing my own family up here.

Having 2 young children, who are amazing but do keep me on my toes I know first-hand the struggles families face on the island. I am absolutely delighted to be working with Home Start and am completely loving my new role.

Home Start is such a lovely organisation and I feel very lucky to be part of the amazing team we have at Home Start Lorn.



kelly.jpgKelly MacColl (Oban Co-ordinator)

I'm Kelly and I am the new coordinator in Oban.

I was born in Oban and now live just outside in Connel. I really enjoy
being out in the country, walking, going to the beach and spending time at
the family croft. I`m very family orientated so I find Home-Start an amazing
organisation and I am really excited to have been given the opportunity to
join the team.

I come from a childcare background working in different nurseries and enjoy
working with children and families so I am really excited and look forward
to my new role.

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