About Us

The Gillies & Mackay Story

We're a family-run business who have been lovingly crafting timber buildings for over 30 years.

No one makes sheds like we do here at Gillies & Mackay. We live and breathe sheds – it’s what we’re good at.

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About Us

The Gillies & Mackay Story

We're a family-run business who have been lovingly crafting timber buildings for over 30 years.

No one makes sheds like we do here at Gillies & Mackay. We live and breathe sheds – it’s what we’re good at.

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John Mackay

The Gillies and Mackay adventure started with sheds back in 1989 when Grant and John gave up fencing and landscaping for the Shedlife.

Locals would come to John looking for something better than your average shed and that’s where the Gillies and Mackay brand was established.

With John’s academic horticulture background and natural leadership qualities, it’s fair to say he knows his wood and his staff. In Grant we have someone who can handcraft truly magnificent, real log cabins.

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Grant Gillies

Grant spent 5 years of his youth lumbering and constructing cabins in Canada’s northern hemisphere. Together they make perfect partners to create the perfect shed.

Grant and John have poured their life and soul into their business and their product is most definitely a reflection of them; honest, hardworking and reliable. Gillies and Mackay is now managed by Cara whose goal is simple – to build on the reputation that John and Grant have worked so hard to achieve. We’ll do that by focusing on what makes a truly amazing space for you and yours.

Meet the Team
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Grant Gillies
Co-Founder and Director

Onsite Boss Man and Bespoke Designer.

Grant is the oracle and brains behind every scale drawing required to make the most magnificent Garages, Cabins and Studios, specifically for you.

Onsite, Grant leads his merry men throughout the whole process; groundworks, assembly and finishing – all delivered without compromise.

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John Mackay
Co-Founder and Director

Workshop Orchestrator and Chief Wood Cutter.

John, the gaffer, hand selects his Scandinavian Redwood timbers for your shed

He has a keen eye for piths, shakes and a strict policy on knotty boards. His mathematical precision is out of this world, making sure your shed is millimetre perfect.

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Cara Mackay
Managing Director

Cara is our and THE ultimate Shed Diety and powerforce of G&M. If you’ve got a shed question, Cara knows the best answer.

Her soul, leadership, creativity and humour shine through G&M. She’s always there lifting our spirits high. Holding her Dad (John) and Grant in her big heart, she works shediculously hard to make sure their genius and legacy continue to live on in G&M.

When it comes to #shedlife, Cara will be right by your side. Your personal fairy shedmother.

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Gordon Sinclair
Workshop Gaffer

Gordon founded Gillies and Mackay with Grant and John back in the 80’s – at just 14 years old, he was there by their side, ready to get grafting. Gordon plays a massive supporting role to all of the directors when it comes to getting newbee’s up to speed and keeping us all in check.

We ask a lot of Gordon and rely massively on his intuition, skill and above all - his understanding that not everything is easy in ShedLife. Always up for the challenge, Gord kens how to do it.

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Dean Marshall
Lead Parts & Finishing Joiner

A long, long time ago, Dean joined our team to replace Grant in the workshop.

Dean’s the happy one, who’s always smiling and lending a hand. There’s not a lot Dean doesn’t know when it comes to craftsmanship and quality of work. The very nature of detail Dean gives to his work is 2nd to none. It’s a skill set few have patience for.

He’s also everyone’s ‘go to guy’ annoying for Dean but a blessing for all of us.

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Chris Blair
Lead Bench Joiner

Chris has been with us since he first discovered his passion for carpentry at 16. Chris Served his time with us and like his father and grandfather before him, he is a natural Gillies and Mackay advocate.

Without Chris there’d be no Sunshine. Everything complex, custom or just DEAD BIG - it’s Chrissy we count on, his calm precision and focused mindset... As Dad would say, “with Chrissy I don’t have to worry about a thing, he shows up, gets on with it and does exactly what’s expected of him, I can’t credit him enough for his work - he’s brilliant.”

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Galen Bryden
Trainee Wood Cutter

Fresh faced and just a couple of months in, we’ll know more about Galen soon. Personally? We like his wee smile.
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Lewis Duncan
3rd Gen Trainee Bench Joiner

Lewis started his journey as our newly appointed Trainee Woodcutter, set to ease the pace of Mr John Mackay. However like Calum, it didn’t take long before he was snapped up by the glory that is The Bench! It’s a beautiful thing, watching someone learn their craft. The passing down of traditions through the generations - Lewis, with a little bit of a Gillies in his soul – is becoming our Shed Rising Star.
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Kevin Watson
On-site Joiner

“I’ll do whatever the business needs me to do”

A response we often get from Kev when we’re hassling him about stuff we need done, especially on his way home 😎

He’s our official Fife depot, our Double Glazing ‘Confidant’ and Calum’s partner in crime.

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Calum Rennie
On-Site Apprentice Joiner

What a lad! Calum brings us so much confidence and enthusiasm here at Gillies and Mackay. He’s always there to lend a hand, work a bit harder, start a bit earlier.

Calum is an exemplary joiner, on course to complete his Master Crafts our A star pupil, such a happy wee soul.

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Ross Murray
Deliverer

Brand new to the team, Ross is just finding his Shed Making feet. We’ll update once he says something funny.
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Cath Ryan
Office Administrator

Cath is a powerhouse in the G&M office.

Cath is an exceptional administrator and handles everything in her stride, never missing a beat. Legend within the team and an amazing support to us on this journey.

With Cath there’s no mucking about, she gets shit done and has a bloody good laugh along the way.

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Nicola Crawford
Sales & Marketing Manager

Cara and Nic worked together well before Nic became Gillies and Mackay’s Nicci. When disaster hit and Cara needed saving, Nic was the only woman for the job. Like kindred spirits - there’s no better hands for the G&M brand to be in.

Nic looks after all the pretty clever things that hold G&M’s customers at the heart of what we do. Nic's well loved in our Sheddie family - her passionately fierce, compassionate and heartwarming mind is what it takes to keep the integrity of G&M burning.

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Kieran Bain
Sales & Marketing Intern

Kieran our Saviour! Kieran started off as our helping hand and recently promoted to sales and marketing intern after showing his incredible ability to take care of oor Sheddies.

Kieran is the kindest and most compassionate soul you’ll ever meet and always goes above and beyond to help you. We adore his beautiful presence <3 Kieran’s also balancing studying Literature at uni. Smart cookie :)

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India Gillies
Labourer

India is Mr Grant Gillies’s daughter and just like Cara, starts her G&M journey within the hussle of our workshop. What started as a bit of casual summer work is rapidly becoming an opportunity for Cara to persuade Indi to stay!

We’d love to have more women in the trade and with both successors of G&M being fantastic women themselves, it’s an absolute privilege to have India with us.

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