Elaine Gilchrist - Funeral Arranger

Elaine Gilchrist - Funeral Arranger

I have worked with Scotmid Co-operative now for almost 10 years. I started as a Funeral Arranger in the Portobello Office but had the chance to become a Trainee Funeral Director in that Branch and was able to arrange and then conduct all Portobello funerals. After a short while I was moved to the office at Fountainbridge (when it was the head office) and enjoyed working alongside my fellow colleagues.

I passed my foundation course in Funeral Directing in June 2005 and my Diploma in Funeral Directing in June 2006.

I am also currently involved in training all our arrangers on all aspects of funeral arranging with the help of my Funeral Managers.

Prior to this I worked with the City of Edinburgh Council as a Housing Officer where I helped clients to be housed in Edinburgh or be re-housed to a more suitable property.

I enjoy working with people and like to think I help them in their hour of need.

I am married to Colin. My daughter Denise is 25 years young and has just moved to Corby from Aberdeen.

Outside work I love to read and do puzzles and follow my husband with his bowling. I go clubbing most weekends – that’s Bowling Clubbing.