The Scottish Property Awards judging panel is an independently appointed panel of commercial and public property industry experts who bring together experience and market knowledge from across Scotland.

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    Fiona Morton 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....
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    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.

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    Fiona Morton

    Chair of the Judging Panel
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    Virginia Beckett CEO, Regent Capital Plc

    Virginia is CEO at Regent Capital Plc, where she is responsible for seeking out new commercial property and alternative energy investment and development opportunities UK wide. Her role involves sourcing...
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    Virginia is CEO at Regent Capital Plc, where she is responsible for seeking out new commercial property and alternative energy investment and development opportunities UK wide. Her role involves sourcing funding streams for property investments as well as maintaining an overview of Regent Capital’s extensive UK wide portfolio of property investments.

    In her previous role at CBRE Capital Markets, Virginia was responsible for funding and delivering strategic multi-function projects for both private and public sector, including working with Aviva and Muse on an income strip forward funding structure for delivery of Marischal Square, a £107M mixed use development in Aberdeen and advising Scottish Power on the consolidation of their occupational property portfolio. She also advised NHS and Scottish Futures Trust on Alternative Structures for delivery of NHS surplus estate in Scotland and European Investment Bank on the Market Assessment and review of SPRUCE (JESSICA) Fund in Scotland to support the effective testing of the resources of the (SPRUCE) Fund and review of the Fund’s Investment Strategy.

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    Virginia Beckett

    CEO, Regent Capital Plc
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    Paul Curran Managing Director, Quartermile

    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...
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    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. 

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    Paul Curran

    Managing Director, Quartermile
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    Jestyn Davies 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...
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    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.

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    Jestyn Davies

    Managing Director, Murray Estates
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    Bill Duguid 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...
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    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.

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    Bill Duguid

    Managing Partner, Ryden
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    Claire Hall Regional Services Manager - Scotland, RICS

    Claire has been with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for 2 years. As the regional manager for Scotland, Claire oversees the commercial activity for RICS Edinburgh, the promotion &...
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    Claire has been with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for 2 years. As the regional manager for Scotland, Claire oversees the commercial activity for RICS Edinburgh, the promotion & championing of diversity & inclusion within the profession but most importantly, membership engagement.

    Claire is responsible for interacting with the profession and the wider world of thought leaders, policy makers and like-minded organisations ensuring that the RICS remain fit for the 21st century.

    Most recently Claire has become the Regional lead for the RICS’ Pledge 150 campaign. To mark the RISC’ 150th anniversary she will be working toward achieving an ambitious target to raise £2.25 million in funds for the property industry charity LandAid in a bid to eradicate youth homelessness.  

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    Claire Hall

    Regional Services Manager - Scotland, RICS
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    John Hamilton CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd.

    Since 2010 John has led the delivery of the Winchburgh Village CDA in West Lothian, initially as Development Director for fund managers Sigma Capital, and since 2014 as Chief Executive Officer of Winchburgh...
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    Since 2010 John has led the delivery of the Winchburgh Village CDA in West Lothian, initially as Development Director for fund managers Sigma Capital, and since 2014 as Chief Executive Officer of Winchburgh Developments Ltd.  

    In his early career he practiced as a surveyor on Glasgow's urban renewal programme and in the initial phases of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. He also gained extensive experience on the delivery of estates property for the Ministry of Defence and the oil industry.

    He later spent a period of ten years with project management specialists MPM Adams on major mixed use residential, healthcare and retail developments throughout the UK. He subsequently worked for Miller Homes Scotland as Technical Director, initially in Edinburgh and latterly in the Glasgow Region.

    He is a former chairman of the Scottish Property Federation and in 2015 was appointed by the Scottish Government as a member of the independent panel which was formed to report on recommendations to Ministers for the reform of the Scottish Planning system.  

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    John Hamilton

    CEO, Winchburgh Developments Ltd.
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    Alasdair Humphery International Director, JLL

    The majority of Alasdair’s plus 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...
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    The majority of Alasdair’s plus 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 JLL’s 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 but remains active on its Policy Board.

    Alasdair is married with three children and lives in central Edinburgh, his wider interests include tennis, golf, rugby and hillwalking.

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    Alasdair Humphery

    International Director, JLL
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    David Littlejohn Head of Planning & Development, Housing & Environment Service, Perth & Kinross Council

    David Littlejohn is a graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow.  He is a Chartered Town Planner who spent his early career in local government before joining the private sector as an Associate...
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    David Littlejohn is a graduate of the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow.  He is a Chartered Town Planner who spent his early career in local government before joining the private sector as an Associate Director at planning & economic development consultant EDAW working on projects across the UK. 

    In 2000 he joined Scottish Enterprise as a Senior Manager based in Stirling before being appointed Director with responsibility for key sectors, business infrastructure and step-change projects in Aberdeen.

    In December 2010 David was appointed as Head of Planning and Development at Perth & Kinross Council.  His portfolio covers land use planning, transport planning, roads infrastructure, building standards, physical and economic regeneration, commercial property investment and estates management.  Most recently David has led the Tay Cities Deal negotiations to secure over £1 billion of investment into the Dundee and Perth region.

    David is a Board Member of Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands & Islands, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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    David Littlejohn

    Head of Planning & Development, Housing & Environment Service, Perth & Kinross Council
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    Dan Macdonald 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...
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    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.

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    Dan Macdonald

    Chief Executive, Macdonald Estates
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    Marie Macklin CBE Founder and Executive Chair, The HALO Urban Regeneration Company

    Marie Macklin CBE is Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Urban Regeneration Company. The HALO brand is an imaginative, innovative and inspirational urban regeneration initiative to revitalise communities...
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    Marie Macklin CBE is Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Urban Regeneration Company.

    The HALO brand is an imaginative, innovative and inspirational urban regeneration initiative to revitalise communities experiencing economic challenges.

    Marie is Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, which seeks to invest in entrepreneurs and their businesses.

    Marie has been recognised nationally throughout her career and, in March 2017, she was named Non-Executive Director of the year by the Institute of Directors Scotland (IoD) and most recently, in October 2017, she was named Scotland’s Business Woman of the year by Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

    In July, Marie accepted an Honorary Degree at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Graduation and Awards ceremony, making her a Doctor of Business Administration.

    She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland.

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    Marie Macklin CBE

    Founder and Executive Chair, The HALO Urban Regeneration Company
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    Miller Mathieson Managing Director, CBRE

    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...
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    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

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    Miller Mathieson

    Managing Director, CBRE
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    Kirsty McLuckie Property Editor, The Scotsman

    Kirsty has been the Property Editor at The Scotsman for more than ten years and is also heard frequently on Radio Scotland. Kirsty started working life in an estate agents’ in Glasgow...
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    Kirsty has been the Property Editor at The Scotsman for more than ten years and is also heard frequently on Radio Scotland.


    Kirsty started 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.

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    Kirsty McLuckie

    Property Editor, The Scotsman
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    Johane Murray Head of Real Estate, Brodies LLP

    Jo heads up Brodies’ real estate team which has over 80 lawyers and is top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in real estate. Jo is personally ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners. She...
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    Jo heads up Brodies’ real estate team which has over 80 lawyers and is top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in real estate. Jo is personally ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners.

    She joined Brodies from Biggart Baillie in 2004 and was made partner in 2006.  Jo leads on various high profile investment and development deals spanning all types of asset and she also heads a team with a significant asset management practice covering the retail, office and industrial sectors. Her clients include various US and European private equity firms in addition to many UK based leading developers and investors.

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    Johane Murray

    Head of Real Estate, Brodies LLP
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    Martin Perry Development Director, TH Real Estate

    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,...
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    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.

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    Martin Perry

    Development Director, TH Real Estate
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    Alan Robertson Director, Struan Property Ltd.

    Alan Robertson is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 35 years’ experience in commercial real estate. The majority of his career has been with JLL where he had a number of roles in Edinburgh before...
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    Alan Robertson is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 35 years’ experience in commercial real estate. The majority of his career has been with JLL where he had a number of roles in Edinburgh before becoming managing director of the firm’s Scottish business. In 2008 he changed direction to work internationally, firstly as managing director of JLL in Turkey before relocating to Dubai in 2011 as regional CEO for JLL in the Middle East & North Africa.

    He is highly experienced in a broad range of disciplines and sectors including leasing, sales, development, corporate real estate, master-planning, investment and valuation. While working in Edinburgh he helped with the development and leasing of a number of important projects including The Exchange District and Edinburgh Park.

    On his retirement from JLL in summer 2018 he returned to live in Edinburgh where he is now developing a portfolio of non-executive and consulting roles. He is currently a director of Drum Income Plus REIT plc and Struan Property Ltd, and is also a member of the Campus Committee at Heriot-Watt University.

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    Alan Robertson

    Director, Struan Property Ltd.
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    Graham Ross 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...
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    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.

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    Graham Ross

    Deputy Chair, Architecture + Design Scotland
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    Hugh Rutherford Partner, Montagu Evans LLP

    Hugh Rutherford has worked in the commercial property industry for 33 years, and has been involved in some of the largest landmark office and mixed use development schemes in Scotland including:- Quartermile,...
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    Hugh Rutherford has worked in the commercial property industry for 33 years, and has been involved in some of the largest landmark office and mixed use development schemes in Scotland including:- Quartermile, New Waverley, Calton Square & OMNI, Waverley Gate, The Exchange, Princes Exchange and Atria One & Two, BT HQ Edinburgh Park.

    His specialisms are in Agency & Development, Occupier Solutions, Inward Investment and Economic Development.

    He is increasingly called upon to provide strategic property and economic development advice to corporate and public bodies across Scotland.

    He has a special interest in the interface between technology, workforce and workplace in creating more efficient, proactive and innovative businesses which assists in attracting and retaining key staff.

    Hugh has had various Non-Executive board roles in recent years and is a former Trustee and Chair of Spifox – The Scottish property industry’s charity.

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    Hugh Rutherford

    Partner, Montagu Evans LLP
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    David Shearer Managing Director, HFD Construction Group Ltd

    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...
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    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.

     

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    David Shearer

    Managing Director, HFD Construction Group Ltd
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    Chris Stewart CEO, Chris Stewart Group

    Since starting out in property development in 1996, Chris Stewart has earned his position at the vanguard of urban regeneration and real estate place-making through intense hard work and maintaining a...
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    Since starting out in property development in 1996, Chris Stewart has earned his position at the vanguard of urban regeneration and real estate place-making through intense hard work and maintaining a simple, clear vision for developing amazing spaces.

    Having already been named Property Week’s Rising Star, Chris was awarded Outstanding Individual Contribution at the Scottish Property Awards in 2015, after receiving Newcomer of the Year in 2009. He is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for 2018, having won the Building a Better Working World category. These awards are testimony to Chris’ innate ability to recognise a property’s potential to deliver commercial success, design innovation and architectural merit.

    His knowledge, expertise and compelling business acumen has delivered not just personal success, but success for the wider CSG team and for the communities, cities and economies in which the business operates. From his first venture in property development more than 20 years ago, he now leads an organisation that employs more than 200 people and is delivering a £300 million investment programme in Scotland.

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    Chris Stewart

    CEO, Chris Stewart Group
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    Andrew Sutherland Managing Director, Miller Developments

    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...
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    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.

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    Andrew Sutherland

    Managing Director, Miller Developments