The judging panel brings industry experience and market knowledge across Scotland.
Managing Director, Cromdale Ltd
After fifteen years at the helm of a local building contractor based in Aberdeen, Martin founded Cromdale Ltd in 1989 to develop commercial property within the city.
Cromdale Ltd was the first developer to recognise the potential in Aberdeen city centre of the now named North Dee Business Quarter, formerly an area solely used by the fish processing industry. The regeneration of this area has resulted in the establishment of Aberdeen’s only CBD which will ultimately create over 1M sq ft of commercial development.
In 1999, Martin formed a JV with Edinburgh based Miller Developments, Miller Cromdale Ltd, which has been responsible for the delivery of several of the major office buildings in the North Dee area.
Chairman, SPF and Managing Director, Quartermile Ventures
Paul is the Managing Director of Quartermile Ventures the developer behind Quartermile the award winning redevelopment of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary site. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has been involved in a number of high profile developments throughout the UK. Paul led the corporate acquisition of Quartermile with the backing of the London based private equity fund Moorfield. In addition he was responsible for the £82m funding deal with M+G Real Estate for the speculative development of Quartermile 3 and 4, which is one of the largest forward funding deals achieved in Scotland.
Paul is currently the Vice Chair of the Scottish Property Federation.
Managing Director, Murray Estates
Jestyn has spent over 25 years in the property industry the last 19 of which have been spent with various Murray family businesses. Previously a Director with Premier Property Group (PPG) for 12 years Jestyn set up its sister company Murray Estates in 2008 which was the subject of a buy out in February 2014. The business continues to focus on the group’s extensive interests in strategic land, mixed use projects and residential developments. He has held various other board positions as well as external non executive positions and is currently a board member with Edinburgh Leisure and the Edinburgh International Development Partnership. Jestyn is the former Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation and left this position in November 2013.
Jestyn holds a BSc (Hons) from Heriot Watt University and an MBA from Edinburgh University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Building.
Managing Partner, Ryden
Bill is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and held the position of Regional Managing Partner of Ryden’s Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee offices since 1997 before becoming Managing Partner in 2013. In recent years he has advised on a number of significant development projects across Scotland and notable recent projects include the new BP HQ, the iQ Building, Prime Four and St Nicholas House, Aberdeen.
Bill is also a member of the Trinity Group, a local public/private sector, planning & development collaboration initiative which has won national recognition for its work in trying to improve the delivery of new development in more challenging economic circumstances.
He is a board member of ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future), SCDI and Scottish Property Federation.
Chief Architect, Scottish Government
Ian Gilzean is Chief Architect and head of the Scottish Government’s Architecture, Place, Delivery and Engagement team, which sits within the Government’s Planning and Architecture Division. Ian joined the then Scottish Executive in 1999 initially working on the Scotland’s first policy on architecture published in 2001. Within Government, APDE provides advice to Scottish Ministers on architecture and the built environment and is the sponsor team for Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS).
Between 1994 and 1999 Ian was head of the Scottish Arts Council’s Capital Programme funded by the National Lottery. After qualifying as an architect in 1984 Ian worked in a range of public and private sector practices in Edinburgh, London, and Glasgow – specialising in community regeneration work.
Ian has been involved in architectural education for the past 20 years and is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde’s architecture department and is an External Examiner for the Architect’s Registration Board. He has also acted as an External Examiner for the Canterbury School of Architecture.
CEO of Winchburgh Developments Ltd
John is a Chartered QS and Development Manager specialising in urban regeneration and large scale housing/mixed use development.
In the early stages of his career he practiced as a surveyor on Glasgow's urban renewal programme and in the initial development stages of the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre. In that period he also gained extensive construction experience on the delivery of estates property for the Ministry of Defence and the oil industry.
He later worked for a period of ten years with project management specialists MPM Adams on major mixed use residential, hotel and retail developments throughout the UK, and on the delivery of HCI Clydebank, Europe's largest private hospital at that time. He subsequently worked for Miller Homes Scotland as Technical Director, initially in Edinburgh and latterly in the Glasgow Region.
In 2010 he joined Sigma Capital Group as Development Director on Winchburgh, a 3,500 unit housing and mixed-use "core development" project in West Lothian. He is now Winchburgh Developments Ltd’s CEO and is responsible for implementing the project masterplan for the delivery of high volume housing, retail, commercial and associated transportation uses in partnership with national UK house builders and commercial developers.
International Director, JLL
The majority of Alasdair’s nigh on 30 years' experience in the Scottish Property Industry has been with JLL in Scotland. Originally joining Jones Lang Wootton from Donaldsons in 1989, Alasdair specialised in Office/Industrial Agency & Development but moved to a role in Capital Markets in 1995 acting for a variety of Institutional and Private UK and International Property Investors.
He was assumed as a partner to Jones Lang Wootton in 1997 and became a National Director following the merger with LaSalle Partners in 1987. Alasdair now runs the Scottish Operation of JLL but he continues to have an active role in Capital Markets undertaking both investment acquisitions and disposals for National and International Clients.
Alasdair is now an International Director of JLL Inc and a member of the UK Executive.
Alasdair graduated from Heriot Watt University in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management and subsequently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Property Investment at the College of Estate Management at Reading University in November 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Investment Property Forum and is a past chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.
Alasdair is married with three children and lives in central Edinburgh, his wider interests include tennis, golf, rugby and hillwalking.
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.
David Littlejohn is currently on secondment from Perth & Kinross Council, where he is Head of Planning & Development, to lead the £1 billion Tay Cities Deal to grow the economies of Angus, Dundee, North East Fife and Perthshire. As Head of Tay Cities Deal, David is responsible for working with four local authorities, four universities and the wider public and private sector to deliver smarter, fairer economic growth across the region. In addition to securing investment to boost business innovation, skills development and international trade the Tay Cities Deal also includes a number of large scale infrastructure projects to improve connectivity. At Perth & Kinross Council he led the Council’s biggest ever capital programme to enable the City of Perth’s expansion, including commercial and industrial investments. Prior to joining Perth & Kinross Council he worked at Scottish Enterprise and in the private sector.
David is a graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow and a Chartered Town Planner. He is a former Chair of Heads of Planning Scotland and is currently an external examiner for the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Dundee.
Director Scotland, BRE
Rufus is responsible for leading the growth of BRE’s business in Scotland. BRE Scotland has a long established record as the leading provider of technical and consultancy support for both the construction industry and the Scottish Government.
Since joining BRE in 2002, Rufus has taken a lead role in developing and securing a number of other strategic programmes, including BRE’s Innovation Park and Visitor Centre and the SmartLIFE project.
His work on BRE’s regional growth resulted in the creation of a new office in Inverness – BRE Highlands, and in 2005 BRE Wales, based at Port Talbot.
Previously, Rufus worked for Scottish Enterprise. He was based in Dumfries and Galloway and was responsible for supporting the growth of a number of the region’s businesses and key industry sectors, including tourism and the forest industries. Rufus was also part of the Scottish Enterprise Network national team that led the development and subsequent delivery of Scotland’s Forest Industry Cluster Strategy 1997 - 2001.
Chief Executive, Macdonald Estates
Dan Macdonald is Chief Executive of Macdonald Estates Group, formed in 1998 as specialists in retail and planning led property development. It is the leading company in its field in Scotland and is among the top 200 Scottish companies.
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 is also on the Board of Reform Scotland and The Scottish SPCA. He is proud of his Highland roots having been born in Dornoch, Sutherland.
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.
Eight years ago along with her husband, Kirsty built a house in Argyll and she splits her time between there and Edinburgh.
Non-Executive Advisor and Chair of the Judging Panel
Fiona Morton practiced as a Chartered Surveyor in Scotland’s major cities over twenty years, specialising in property investment, before moving into the role of Managing Partner at Ryden in 2005. After 2 three year terms she became the Chair before handing over the leadership role in 2013. During this time Fiona contributed to many industry organisations, notably the Investment Property Forum in Scotland, which she chaired 2002-2009.
In September 2014 she became the Managing Director of Millar & Bryce ltd., appointed by the new owner dmgi, the property and legal information business, which is part of DMGT plc. Following a strategic review she led a substantial programme of organisational and cultural reform during a period of significant change in the legal services market. Having restructured the senior leadership team and secured further investment from the group Fiona decided to step down in November 2016 to pursue her ongoing aim to have a more relaxed lifestyle including some non-executive roles.
Head of Scotland, Savills
Nick helped to set up the Savills office in Edinburgh in September 1997. He specialises in commercial investment and development, offering advice and services ranging from single asset disposals and acquisitions to portfolio deals. In addition, Nick advises on forward funding and forward commitment opportunities across all sectors to a number of clients including institutions, administrators, banks, property companies and private investors.
Nick joined Savills in 1997. Prior to this, he worked for Chesterton International in the Business Space, Retail Agency and Investment departments. He graduated from Heriot Watt University with an Honours degree in Estate Management in 1994 and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1996.
Nick is a member of the IPF and has undertaken a number of guest lectures to undergraduate and MSc students at Heriot Watt University over the past 8 years.
Deputy Chair, Architecture Design Scotland
Graham is a Partner and the Office Principal of Austin-Smith:Lord’s Glasgow studio. He is an architect, urban designer and planner and has been involved in a wide range of projects throughout the UK and Ireland. Graham studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Technische Universität Berlin, graduating with Masters in both Architecture and Urban Design.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Recognised Practitioner of the Urban Design Group and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Graham is the current Deputy Chair of Architecture & Design Scotland and has served on the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards panel since 2010.
Graham has contributed to several published pieces of research undertaken for the Scottish Government. His work has received numerous awards, including four Scottish Design Awards.
Nick is head of Brodies property department which has over 80 lawyers and is top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in real estate. He is personally band 1 ranked in Chambers & Partners.
Nick trained at Clifford Chance in London where he qualified in 1995. He moved back to Edinburgh and joined Brodies in 1999 then became a partner at Brodies in 2001. A specialist in commercial property work, his practice extends to both Scots and English commercial property work.
Nick has a broad range of clients, many of whom followed him on his return to Scotland, which include major land owners and listed and private property companies specialising in property development and investment, multiple occupiers (such as retailers) and listed and private property companies specialising in property development and investment.
CEO, Chris Stewart Group
A highly experienced and multi award winning Property Investor/Developer, Chris Stewart has been in business for 20 years. His early career was marked by a number of astute property deals influential in the regeneration of the Edinburgh’s east end and today he specialises in complex city centre transformational projects, with over 650,000 square feet of development completed since 1996.
His company, Chris Stewart Group, has interests across residential, office, retail and hotel and leisure. In 2013, it completed the redevelopment of Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh’s Old Town, named in 2014 by RIAS as Scotland’s ‘Best Building’. 2014 also saw the company acquire the former RBS Headquarters on the edge of St Andrew Square Edinburgh and in 2015, it was confirmed as the preferred developer for the former Glasgow City Council offices on George Street. Both projects are for mixed use development involving the sensitive restoration of important historic buildings.
The Chris Stewart Group remains an independent and privately owned business, and has the backing of global investment advisory group, Proprium Capital Partners.
Eric Young is a Chartered Surveyor, property professional and founder, in 1983, of Eric Young and Co.
He is also chair of Archangels, the business angel syndicate and Scottish Enterprise partner responsible for £10m of annual investment in technology and life sciences high-growth start ups.