The judging panel brings industry experience and market knowledge across Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Miller is now the Managing Director for CBRE in Scotland and Northern Ireland covering offices in Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Miller has worked in the Scottish property market since 1985 and he continues to advise many UK and Overseas investors on strategic investment matters.
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.
Martin is Director of Development, specialising in large-scale, retail-led, mixed-use development, and is responsible for management of developments in the UK and across mainland Europe. In particular, Martin is responsible for the Edinburgh St James regeneration project.
Martin joined the company in 2006 as a Development Manager, following a career in architecture, master-planning and development after studying and tutoring in Oxford.
Over his career he has been responsible for taking over 15m sq ft of retail-led floorspace through the planning system, as well as working on the delivery of three shopping malls and numerous individual buildings both in the UK and internationally.
Martin has worked on the master-planning and development management of two new town centres, numerous city extensions and regeneration projects as well as a number of retail refurbishment projects in the UK. He has specialised throughout his career on retail-led mixed-use with a particular focus on financially and socially sustainable environments. Martin is also a member of the British Council of Shopping Centres and a qualified Architect and Urban Designer. He won the Individual Contribution Award at the 2017 Scottish Property Awards for his role in the development of Edinburgh St James.
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.
Managing Director of HFD Construction Group Limited (part of HFD Group Limited)
David is the Managing Director of HFD Construction Group Limited, part of the HFD Group Limited, a property development and management company. HFD’s portfolio of developments comprises Strathclyde Business Park and Hamilton International Park as well as notable other commercial office developments at G1 George Square Glasgow, CityPark 1 in Aberdeen and 122 Waterloo Street in Glasgow. HFD Group were named Property Developer of the Year 2017 at the Scottish Property Awards.
David is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Member of the Association of Project Management and Board Member of the Scottish Property Federation.
Beverly is the Moray Council’s Development Management Manger and has been employed for the local authority for 15 years. She has held other Principal/Planning Officer roles during that time including that of a Planning Enforcement Officer.
She has previously undertaken judging for the Inverness Architectural Association Awards (IAA) in 2016.
Between 1992 and 2011 Beverly was a Planning Officer in Uttlesford District Council (North West Essex) after graduating from Manchester University with a B.A. Hons Degree in Town and Country Planning and a Bachelor of Planning. She has been a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 23 years and recently obtained a Post graduate certificate from Napier University in Public Sector Leadership.
She currently is Chair of the Heads of Planning Development Management Sub-Committee as well as being a Member of the Heads of Planning Executive Committee.
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.
Andrew is Joint Managing Director of Miller Developments one of the UK’s leading land and property development companies with a £2 billion portfolio of activities across the UK.
The company has numerous land interests and a series of longstanding joint ventures throughout the UK.
He is a chartered civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the development industry and has joint responsibility for the company’s expansion and strategic direction. He has led numerous major developments throughout the UK including the award winning Edinburgh Park and Edinburgh Quay in Edinburgh, and the 575 acre Omega project in Warrington where 3 million sqft of logistics/manufacturing units have been completed over the last 4 years. In Birmingham he is responsible for Arena Central, a £500m development, creating a home to HSBC UK’s 288,000 sq.ft. headquarters and a new 305,000 sq.ft. first phase of a Government hub in the city.