At Donald McLaren Ltd we understand our ability to provide the services we offer is only as good as the people we employ. We recruit and train people who live within your local community and are able to care for your family to ensure you receive the highest level of support available. All our funeral directors have many years of experience and all of them hold Diplomas in funeral directing. Our skilled team of embalmers are all members of the British Institute of Embalmers.
Mr D. Ian McLaren
Director and Company Chairman
Mr McLaren joined his father, uncle and grandfather in the family business 1961 and helped build it from its humble beginnings in 1912 to become one of the largest independent funeral directors in Scotland. Mr McLaren retired in 1998, but is still very actively involved in the business in his role as Company Chairman and assists with our pre-arranged funeral plans.
Mr Charles Flannigan
Mr Flannigan holds diplomas in business management, embalming, funeral directing and is a licensed member of the British Institute of Funeral Directors. He is a professionally qualified funeral consultant with 41 years funeral directing experience and has been with Donald McLaren Ltd for the past 24 years.
Mrs Carol Kerr
Director and Company Secretary
Carol is Mr McLaren’s oldest daughter and, like Julie, is the fourth generation of the McLaren family to work for the company. Carol has worked with Donald McLaren Ltd for 24 years and is responsible for controlling the financial interests of the business and ensures our compliance with all relevant regulations.
Miss Julie McLaren
Julie is Mr McLaren’s youngest daughter and is the fourth generation of the McLaren family to work for the company. Julie has a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management and has many years experience working in this field. Julie joined the family business in 2011 and is responsible for managing our 34 staff. Julie also assists in pre-arranged funeral plans and helps her sister Carol in regulation and finance.
Our Funeral Directors
In 1995, Brian joined Donald McLaren Ltd as a Trainee Funeral Director. He is a fully qualified Funeral Director/Embalmer with over 19 years experience. Brian also holds a CMI Diploma in Management. Brian was born, raised and resides locally and this, combined with his knowledge, experience and commitment to the funeral profession ensures our clients receive an exceptional standard of personal service.
Prior to training as a funeral director, Steven worked as a Civil Servant for 6 years. Steven is a qualified Funeral Director/Embalmer with 18 years experience and has been with Donald McLaren Ltd for 14 years. He prides himself on his dedication & strives to ensure we provide the highest quality of service. Steven and his family all live locally and enjoy being part of the community.
Jim is a qualified Funeral Director/Embalmer with 19 years experience and has been with Donald McLaren Ltd for 12 years. Jim’s vast experience and dedication ensures all of our clients receive a first class service. Jim resides locally with his family and is experienced in all local funeral customs.
Andrew trained as a Funeral Director and wishing to further his career, he joined Donald McLaren Ltd. After years of study and practical experience, he successfully gained diplomas in Funeral Directing and Embalming. Andrew resides locally with his family and has been with us for 15 years. He has experience in all local funeral customs.
Prior to coming into the funeral profession, Mark was employed in Airdrie Savings Bank as a Financial Adviser for 12 years and holds a diploma in Banking. Mark is now a qualified Funeral Director and has been with us for 13 years. Mark uses his financial background and customer care skills to ensure clients receive a first class service. Mark was born, raised and still resides locally with his family