Born and raised in the city of Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Gillian is never happier than when she is at home in her beloved Highlands.
Gillian turned professional in 1985 having first assembled a spectacular amateur record. After winning her first tournament played as a professional – the Ford Ladies Classic, she went on to carve out a splendid career as a tournament professional playing the Women’s European Tour full time until 2000.
On the Professional Golf Tour Gillian was often dubbed by the media as “the professional’s professional”. Dedication and attention to detail in the pursuit of excellence are her trademarks, the very same qualities that make her such an outstanding teacher. She is a coach who has the rare ability to share her enthusiasm for the game with her clients. Her years of playing on the Women’s Tour have given her a unique background into teaching the game and has made her approach far more holistic than that of conventional teachers.
In 2004 she qualified as a Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Sports Practitioner under the guidance of Dr Karl Morris. A PGA Professional since 1989 she was honoured in 2006 by the Professional Golfers’ Association with an elevation in membership status to that of ‘Advanced Fellow of the PGA’
Continuing to pursue her fascination with the psychology of the game she sought out Karl Morris once again and in 2010 became a certified Mind Factor Coach, topping that in 2011 by becoming a Master Mind Factor Coach.
In the last few years she has been fortunate to cross paths a number of times with Michael Hebron, PGA of America Master Professional and credits him with advancing her knowledge of the most critical factor in coaching, namely, how human beings learn.
After leaving the Women’s European Tour in 2000 she combined playing in WPGA events with media work and freelance coaching, but the last few years have seen her focus entirely on her coaching. Since 2017 she has been the resident PGA Teaching Professional at Castle Stuart Golf Links and considers herself to be “undoubtedly the luckiest pro in the country”.