Our experienced and reputable judging panel ensure that the Scottish Home Awards are judged fairly and rigorously.
Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland
Karen is an architect, urban designer and founding partner of Anderson Bell Christie. She is past Convenor of the Saltire Housing Design Awards Panel and Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland. Her practice has worked in housing and regeneration for twenty years with over 50 Housing Associations and Local Authorities as well as developers throughout Scotland.
Karen has contributed to Best Practice Housing and Urban Design publications and has worked on award winning housing, master planning and design guidance projects in areas as diverse as the Isle of Gigha and Govan, Glasgow. From her experience in practice she is passionate that housing should be designed to stand the ‘test of time’ (the title of the Saltire housing design retrospective she helped instigate) and that we must not build new homes that quickly become redundant and unwanted.
BSc MRICS 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.
Director BRE Centre for Resilience
Dr Stephen Garvin is the Director of BRE’s Centre for Resilience, based in East Kilbride. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University and joined BRE in 1989 after a spell in manufacturing industry. He is responsible for the development of construction research and consultancy activity across the BRE Group in the expanding area of built environment resilience.
He recently led a major EU project on the flood resilience of property, and he has published a number of books and articles in this area. He was also responsible for setting up BRE's Energy Certification schemes related to new and existing buildings in Scotland.
He was a member of BSAC (Building Standards Advisory Committee) from 2005 to 2010, and was a member of the Expert Panel convened by the Scottish Government to develop a strategy for the introduction of low carbon Building Standards (2007 and 2013).
RICS Regional Director- Scotland
Gail is the Regional Director of RICS in Scotland and provides the leadership to ensure the successful implementation and delivery of the RICS business plan.
Gail has worked for RICS for over 9 years in a variety of senior roles including Head of Professional Knowledge, Account Management and Business Development
Gail is a Director of the Safe Deposits Scotland Board
Gail is also a judge on the Scottish Property Awards
RICS Scotland has the second largest membership within the RICS world regional structure with 11,800 members.
RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity – providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society.
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.
Director, NHBC Scotland Dip Surv BS FRICS FCIOB CEnv
Malcolm is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Chartered Environmentalist, he has worked in the construction and house building industries for more than 30 years.
He began his career working with a number of small contractors and house builders before moving into the Building Control environment where he worked for a number of local authorities ultimately specialising in general Building Surveying. Malcolm joined Scottish Homes when that organisation was formed and was responsible for project managing its new build, refurbishment and maintenance works programmes in the Glasgow area.
Whilst at Scottish Homes, Malcolm helped establish a new Housing Association to acquire housing stock in public ownership and was appointed its Director in 1999. In 2001, Malcolm joined NHBC as Director of NHBC in Scotland.
He is a Non-Executive Director of the RICS Board in Scotland, a Member of the Cross Party Group for Construction in the Scottish Parliament, a Member of the RIAS Energy Certification Board, and an External Assessor for the degree programme administered by the Built Environment of Glasgow Caledonian University.
He is a past Chair of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a past member of BSAC (Building Standards Advisory Committee) and was a member of the Expert Panel convened by the Scottish Government to develop a strategy for the introduction of low carbon Building Standards.
Annie Mauger BA Hons, Dip Lib, MCLIP, MBA
Annie Joined CIH as Executive Director (National Business Units) in February 2015 after four and a half years as the Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Annie has been working to transform member services and promote the value of professionalism. She is a passionate campaigner and advocate to policy makers, speaking to politicians, key stakeholders and the media.
Based in Edinburgh, Annie leads the team in Scotland to support and engage with members and stakeholders but also has a much wider role, leading the teams across the devolved nations and the Republic of Ireland in delivering member services and providing advocacy and policy engagement with four different governments.
Housing is a devolved matter and devolution has created very different policy environments in each nation. Teams across CIH’s devolved nations work to ensure that members are kept informed, politicians are aware of our views and that consultations with each government are responded to, driven by the needs of members and the public good. Annie is also part of the Executive Team for CIH and has a role to play across the organisation in strategic leadership and representation.
After a career in local authorities in Scotland for 12 years, she became Head of Libraries and Heritage for the City of York before becoming Chief Executive of MLA Yorkshire, a government agency, in 2003. From 2008 she worked as a consultant to charities and public sector bodies and as chief executive of a charity for asylum seekers and refugees.
Annie is from Jersey, Channel Islands. She has degrees from Exeter and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and an Executive MBA from Leeds Metropolitan University. She is delighted to have returned to Scotland and to Edinburgh, which still feels like home.
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.
Chair of the Panel and 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.