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Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland
B’Arch. (Hons), Dip. Arch. FRIAS, RIBA
Karen is Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland. She was previously a Royal Fine Art Commissioner and taught architecture at the University of Strathclyde. Karen graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1984 and in 1991 founded Anderson Christie (subsequently Anderson Bell Christie).
In her twenty five years with the practice she worked throughout Scotland in urban and rural areas and won awards for architecture, urban design and masterplanning projects. She is active as a proponent of best practice in design and procurement and sits on a number of Awards Panels. Karen and her partner Bruce Brebner have recently founded Hirta - a start up to promote collaborative work and work by Scotland’s designers and makers.
Director - Commercial Department, Ross & Liddell
Andrew originally joined Ross & Liddell, as a Graduate Commercial Surveyor in 1996, having obtained a BSc in Land Economics from the University of Paisley in May 1995.
Following his qualification as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in November 1997, his career led him to pastures new, where he gained extensive experience in all property sectors and disciplines, while working for City Site Estates, Optical Express and Charles Price & Co, before setting up his own property consultancy business in 2003.
Andrew rejoined Ross & Liddell in June 2006, to expand the Commercial Management, and professional surveying services offered by the firm. Andrew was appointed as a Director in 2008 and is also now responsible for the operation of the company’s Residential Management offices in Edinburgh and Dundee.
Chairman and CEO, The Ambassador Group
BSc. (Dis) MRICS
Established by David in 2011, The Ambassador Group is a UK focused property investment, development, asset management, capital raising, and advisory business. The company consists of three divisions; namely Developments, Real Estate and Ventures, operating across the UK and Europe.
One of the company’s current projects is delivering the luxury residential development, Park Quadrant Residences, which includes 98 new apartments and penthouses which will complete the final quadrant of Park Circus, Glasgow.
A qualified chartered quantity surveyor and chartered builder by profession, David has held several senior board positions with UK property companies including Miller Homes, Persimmon Homes, Bellway Homes and the Gladedale Group where he served as Group CEO before stepping down to form Ambassador.
Head of Building Standards Division, Scottish Government
Dr Stephen Garvin is the Scottish Government’s Head of Building Standards. He recently joined Scottish Government, where he is responsible for the development of the Building Standards system in Scotland, ensuring that standards and technical guidance are updated and applied consistently across the country. In the post Grenfell fire era there is a substantial focus on building standards and ensuring that they secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings. Compliance of construction work with Building Standards is a key driver of the Building Standards Division’s workload.
Prior to his current post he had a long career at the Building Research Establishment, where latterly he was responsible for BRE’s Centre for Resilience. He has led major national and international research projects, as well as undertaking substantial consultancy and expert witness work for a variety of public and private sector clients.
Managing Director, Real Estate Finance, Scotland & North England
Currently managing Royal Bank of Scotland’s Real Estate Finance Business in Scotland and North England Stuart covers the key Corporate Centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.
The business is responsible for all forms of Commercial Investment (Office, Retail, Industrial, Student, Hotel and other asset classes) as well as Commercial Development activity and Housebuilding and Residential Investment lending across the geography.
Stuart has worked with RBS for 30 years and prior to taking up his current role was responsible for Major Corporate Banking and Financial Institutions in Scotland with previous roles including the management of the Commercial Banking business in the north of Scotland, out of Aberdeen, and Oil and Gas Structured Finance prior to that. Stuart is married to Pam and they have four children.
RICS Director- Scotland
As Director of RICS in Scotland, Gail is responsible for providing the leadership and direction to ensure successful implementation and delivery of the RICS objectives and business plan within Scotland
Gail has worked for RICS since 2007 in a variety of senior roles including Head of Professional Knowledge, Account Management and Business Development. Prior to working at RICS, Gail worked in the NHS for 12 years and gained extensive experience of managing and training staff, leading on projects and high level client relations/engagement
Gail is a Director on the SafeDeposits Scotland Board and the NHBC Scotland Board as well as holding the post of Council Member on the NHBC main Board
Gail is also a judge on the Scottish Property Awards, the Scottish Home Awards and the Herald Property Awards
CEO, Rural Housing Service
Derek is Chief Executive of Rural Housing Scotland, a small charity that works to deliver affordable housing opportunities in rural communities, to help rural communities tackle local housing needs and to highlight the extent and nature of rural housing issues.
Derek has worked with communities across Scotland to secure affordable housing for local people, facilitating developments in Gigha, Colonsay, Laggan and Whitsome amongst others.
Derek was previously a member of the Scottish Land Fund committee and the Scottish Government’s Rural Development Council.
CEO, Macdonald Estates
Dan Macdonald formed Macdonald Estates in 1998. Specialists in planning led property development, with wide experience of the retail sector and now student accommodation, it has a record of being an award winning and leading company in its field in Scotland and Ireland.
Prior to 1998 Dan was Managing Director of Morrison Developments one of the most successful Scottish companies of the late 80’s and 90’s. During his 25 years with the Group he performed a key role in its transition from a Highland Building Company to an international civil engineering, construction and property development company.
In 2006 Dan launched the ‘Scottish Property Development Forum’ a body to represent the voice of the real estate industry in Scotland amongst parliamentarians, the Scottish Executive and business in Scotland. Now redefined as the ‘Scottish Property Federation’ and incorporated within the British Property Federation, it is recognised as being the voice of the Scottish property industry.
Dan has also formed a company, Dalmatian Homes, to undertake residential development. He formed N-56 in 2014, whose purpose is to promote collaboration between business and the public sector, in the interests of economic growth, and he is on the board of The Scottish SPCA. He is proud of his Highland roots, having been born in Dornoch, Sutherland.
Head of Residential Development Sales Scotland, Savills
MBA DipProjMan FRICS
Carole is Head of the Residential Development Sales Scotland Region. Carole is involved in providing early consultancy and advisory services for developers on residential land sites, new homes sales strategies and has a particular focus on providing advice to funders and new developer clients on all aspects of the Residential Development process.
Carole is a Chartered Surveyor and has been involved in all aspects of residential development for the past 15 years and laterally specialising in new homes sales and marketing. Carole studied at University of Reading to gain an MBA in Real Estate with a view to expanding her knowledge in this sector. Carole subsequently went on to develop several residential projects including both new build and conversion of listed buildings within the West of Scotland. Her team provides a dedicated sales and marketing service to developers, housebuilders and investors.
Carole joined Savills in 2013 with a focus on building the Residential Development Sales business for the West of Scotland. The team has particular specialist expertise in the Sales and Marketing of New Homes.
Director, NHBC Scotland
Dip Surv BS FRICS FCIOB CEnv
A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Chartered Environmentalist Malcolm has worked in the construction and house building industries for 40 years.
His broad career has included Quantity Surveying, Building Control, Building Surveying and Project Management. He was instrumental in establishing a new Housing Association becoming its Director in 1999 and in 2001 was appointed NHBC’s Director in Scotland.
He is a Non-Executive Director of the RICS Board in Scotland, and the RIAS Energy Certification Board. He is a Member of the Parliamentary Cross Party Group for Construction and the Design and Performance Group established by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. Until recently he was an External Assessor for Glasgow Caledonian University’s Built Degree programme, and he is a past Chair of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Executive Director Scotland, Chartered Institute of Housing CBA Hons, Dip Lib, MCLIP, MBA
Annie has been Executive Director for Scotland and the devolved nations for the Chartered Institute of Housing since February 2015.
Annie has had a career in leadership in local authorities, government agencies and charities in both Scotland and England. In 2010 she moved to London as CEO of a professional body, CILIP, until she returned to Scotland with CIH.
The CIH has 18,000 members across the UK working across all tenures and Annie leads the work to promote the value and concerns of people in housing to government and decision makers.
Bob McDougall retired in May 2015 after 40 years working in Housing, latterly as the Chief Executive of Trust Housing Association.
Bob’s long career in housing includes working in a variety of roles across Scotland, within Local Government, Livingston Development Corporation and most recently two Housing Associations as Chief Executive. During his career he was an active participant and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. His support for the Institute continues since he is now acts an adjudicator within the Fellowship Admission Process.
Bob has spent the last ten years of his career as the CEO of Trust, during which time he has also he kept the organisation at the forefront of discussions with external partners and stakeholders such as the Scottish Government, SFHA and the Scottish Housing Regulator promoting the housing and support needs of older people.
Although “retired” Bob continues to enjoy an active role within the Scottish Housing scene as a member of the boards of two housing associations, one of which he Chairs. As a long time Mentor, he continues to provide help and support to aspiring leaders of the future within housing and the wider business and charitable sectors. As Bob says: “If you have the benefit of over 40 years’ experience of change management, why not use that knowledge to help others. Having worked in Housing for many years, I resolutely believe that the Housing Association movement in Scotland generally has a hugely positive impact on people’s quality of life, and as a result, makes Scotland a better place to live.
Property Editor, The Scotsman
Kirsty has been the Property Editor at The Scotsman for the past ten years and is also heard frequently on Radio Scotland.
Kirsty started starting working life in an estate agents' in Glasgow during the property boom of the late 1980s before moving into selling overseas property with a two year stint living and working in Cyprus.
Back in Scotland having completed an English degree at Stirling University she began working for The Scotsman in 1997 as a news researcher.
Since then Kirsty has covered news and features, commissioning, editing and writing. She has recently taken on the commercial property editorial for The Scotsman.
Ten years ago along with her husband, Kirsty built a house in Argyll and she splits her time between here and Edinburgh.
Board Director, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
A retired public health practitioner, Teresa was an elected councillor for eleven years and leader of the administration for three. She has held a variety of non-executive positions on public bodies across Forth Valley including the Enterprise Board and NHS Primary Care Trust and continues to play an active part in the community.
She has been Chair and Vice Chairperson of Ochil View Housing Association and is currently a Clackmannanshire service user representative on the local Integrated Health and Social Care Board.
She is passionate about the provision of providing secure, decent, quality built, warm & affordable homes for tenants and the provision of good quality services for service users and customers.
Andy Pearson is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor by profession who founded and has successfully run a number of property businesses since 1992 including the award winning Tweed Homes.
Andy is probably best known for his work with Homes for Scotland where he served as a former Chairman and championed the cause of small builders during the Credit Crunch by lobbying and securing a raft of invaluable support measures from the Scottish Government. Andy’s contribution helped preserve many jobs and position homebuilders to survive the economic downturn and prosper as the economy recovered.
These days Andy very much enjoys life in the slow lane albeit he still manages his commercial property business in Peebles and pursues a wide range of hobbies.
Partner, Gillespie Macandrew LLP, Solicitors
Harry Smith heads up Gillespie Macandrew’s dedicated Housebuilder team and is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh.
He started acting for housebuilders in 1988 and now has almost 30 years of involvement with the industry including eight years located within the offices of two national housebuilders. Harry has acted for many of the volume housebuilders in Scotland as well as many small builders and contractors and also acts for a number of land owners both small and large in the packaging, development and sale of housing land.
In addition to heading up the firm's Housebuilder team Harry is also a member of the Strategy Board of Gillespie Macandrew, has been participated in the Homes for Scotland TEAG3 grouping in relation to building standards and sustainability and represents the firm as an Associate Member of Homes for Scotland.