Children in the Garden

 Our Team 

 Our Childcare Team 

Childcare Manager

I am Cairndow Community Childcare's Manager, and have been with the childcare here for sixteen years, starting off as a student and working my way up to be Manager.

I hold an SVQ4 qualification.

I am enjoying the challenges of growing the centre and creating something special.

My passion lies in making a difference to children, families and staff.

I am fortunate enough at Cairndow to be able to make a difference and input new and creative strategies in learning.

I am available for children, staff and parents to talk to when needed, so please come and speak to me anytime.

My direct e-mail address is or press here for direct link - 


Lisa MacIntyre


Lead Practitioner

I have been at nursery since 2006 and in that time I have worked with all the different age groups within nursery and seen lots of boys and girls grow and graduate to Primary One and beyond!

I am a trained book bug leader and love to sing and tell stories and I also enjoy spending time outdoors playing and learning with the children. In 2018 I completed a Woodland Activity Leader Training Course.

Outside of nursery I have lived in Inveraray for 14 years with my husband and our son. I enjoy walking, reading, holidays and meeting up with friends and family.

Key Practitioner, SVQ3, with us since 2006

Jessica Smeaton


Baby Practitioner

Originally from Inveraray where I have lived most of my life.

I have worked in the child-caring profession in various nurseries throughout my 23 year career, also working as a ‘Live in Nanny’ both in Argyll and Jersey. 

Being a motivated and caring person, I enjoy walking, cycling, being outdoors and the company of friends and family.

I love encouraging the children in play and development, setting up new activities for them to explore, coming down to their level and interacting with the children.

I still get a huge buzz when seeing the little ones happy and smiling at play.

 SVQ3, has been with Cairndow Childcare  over the years and since 2018

Christine Kerr Goodheir

Corinne Slater


ELC Practitioner

I have been married for 30 years and have two grown up boys. I moved into the childcare profession after having my first son. I have over 20 years of experience providing children with a caring and stimulating experience to helping then reach their full potential.


We have recently moved to Scotland from the south west. I love being outdoors - going for long walks, especially along the shore. I have a keen interest in wildlife and have been involved in wildlife groups when my children were growing up.


I have been enjoying gardening including growing vegetables over the last few months.


When not outside I enjoy sewing, knitting, painting and doing crafty projects.

Ross Anderson


Toddler Practitioner

Joined Cairndow Childcare in 2019 and studying towards SVQ2

I have always had an interest in working with children and learning about their development and what makes them tick.  To be given the opportunity to work and train and learn from my colleagues at Cairndow Community Childcare has been an ambition fulfilled and I am working hard to take my education further.

I get as much from the children as they do from me. 


Customer Service

Originally from Ireland, I have travelled and worked in various locations including New Zealand, settling in Cairndow a couple of years ago.

I have always worked in community settings with children and young people along with valuable customer service experience, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to bring my skill set to The Fyne Den.

Contact Orla on or press here for direct e-mail link - 

Orla Murphy


Customer Service

I have worked with children in three different continents during the course of my career.  Originally from Denmark, I have worked with anti-trafficking NGOs in the Netherlands, children's support services in Kenya and Venezuela, and children's advocacy in Scotland.  At the Fyne Den, there is nothing I like more than seeing families play together creating new experiences and having fun.

Contact Marie on or press here for direct e-mail link - 

Marie Kjaer Harrison


Business Development 

Sheena Dowse

I have been raising my family and running my own businesses in the local area for the last 30 years, being heavily involved in lots of community activities.  I have experienced business and voluntary work from many diverse angles and have picked up a lot of skills along the way.  Getting involved with developing The Fyne Den, helping it to reach its full potential, and promoting the opportunities it brings to the local community, visitors and team are both exciting and rewarding.

You can contact me directly on or press here for direct e-mail link - 



Janet Riddoch

I started with Cairndow Community Childcare working as their cleaner back in 2008.  I moved into the General Assistant position a year later and began to take on the supply practitioner role.  In 2015 I moved into an admin role, eventually settling in the land of accounts where I remain happily ensconced to this day.

 Our Customer Service Team 
 Our Business Team 
 Our Directors 


Cairndow Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for her  children, now moved on to schools
Director of Dawnfresh Farming Ltd

Director of Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

Director of British Trout Association 

RSPCA Freedom Food assessor, ISO 14001 lead auditor and business development experience within the Salmon and Trout industry.

Alison Hutchins


Director/Secretary & Treasurer

Involved with Cairndow Community Childcare since 2004.

Trustee of S.J.Noble Trust since 2012 - working to assist business development in Argyll.


Self- employed event organiser, catering provider and consultant on Tourism and Food business development.

Founder member of Food from Argyll Group in 2007/8. Co-ordinator for the group 2010 to present.

Virginia Sumsion



Cairndow resident

Director of Dignity HR Solutions Ltd, and also Stoirm Ltd.


Vice Chairman of Dundee Contemporary Arts
Subject expert member of the People Committee of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Alan Boyter



Cairndow Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for his children, now moved on to schools.

Manager of The Tree Shop at Clachan, Cairndow,

Takes an active role in the community. 

Neil Colburn



Local resident and representative for  Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd

Worked for Loch Fyne Oysters for many years within Sales, HR  and Accounts Dept.

Hugh Johnston



Local Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for her  children, now moved on to schools.

Accounts Team member at Fyne Ales Brewery

Member of Inveraray Community Council

Slow but keen runner.

Janet Riddoch



Cairndow Resident and previous user of childcare facilities for his children, now moved on to schools 

Career in fish farming and husbandry, currently Manager Cairndow Salmon Hatchery 

Owen Hutchins

There are no vacancies at The Fyne Den currently.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team if you would like to express an interest in future positions, just complete the form below and we'll get back to you.
As a charitable community business, The Fyne Den would be delighted to hear from anyone who thinks they would like to offer their time and energy on a voluntary basis, particularly in the Adventure Zone, at weekends and fund-raising events.  Our management committee is also entirely run by volunteers and anyone who feels they may be interested in taking on a role in the future, please do not hesitate to get in touch or complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly.
Please let me know of future vacancies
Tel:- 01499 320429
mob:- 07931 656706
The Fyne Den
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Supported by
Argyll & Bute Council Early Years
National Lottery Community Fund
Website owned & managed by:
Cairndow Community Childcare
Company Number: SC27612
Registered Charity No: SC036218
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