From regulating oil exploration in Russia to changing lightbulbs in a care home, Paul Law’s career has gone in an extraordinary direction.

But the former oil and gas exec says his new job, heading up maintenance at Balhousie Alastrean, is a “breath of fresh air”.

It’s a lot to do with his new job’s location: the stunning former country house and sprawling estate in Tarland, Aberdeenshire. Formerly known as the House of Cromar, the property was built as a country retreat by Lord Aberdeen and then became a retirement home for the RAF. Today it is owned by the RAF Benevolent Fund and managed by the award-winning Balhousie Care Group.

Paul, who lives in nearby Banchory, was wanting a change of pace after 32 years working all over the world in a job which include Ministry of Defence Work. He now loves that he’s a short commute from work, and doesn’t take his job home with him.

But while the pace is slower and the surroundings breathtaking, Paul has his work cut out for him; the expansive property boasts 51 ensuite rooms and five lounges. Paul readily admits he had “never stepped foot inside a care home” before getting this job.

“Working here has really opened my eyes to the hard work care home staff do. The care people are getting here is second to none. And these are paying customers so we all have to make sure they’re getting the the best service we can give them. That includes my daily maintenance checks.”

In his spare time – which, happily, he now has much more of – Paul enjoys his cars: a 1967 MGB GT, a BMW Z4 and a 4×4.

If you fancy a change of career, Balhousie Care Group is hiring across a number of its 26 homes. For information email or visit