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 Non Executive Director 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....
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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 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. 

    In March 2017 Fiona was appointed as the first non-executive and non-lawyer Chair of Gillespie Macandrew LLP. Her role is to support the CEO, Board and Partners to ensure the smooth running of the business, to provide leadership and strategic direction and to promote the vision of the firm.

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    Fiona Morton

    Non Executive Director and Chair of the Judging Panel
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    Ann Allen MBE Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services, University of Glasgow

    Ann Allen is the Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services at the University of Glasgow. A Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience, Ann has worked for such organisations as...
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    Ann Allen is the Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services at the University of Glasgow. A Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience, Ann has worked for such organisations as John Lewis; HBOS and UK Government. 

    She has several non-executive roles; in particular she is Chair of the Architecture Design Scotland Board; a member of the Scottish Futures Trust Board and is a Trustee of National Museums of Scotland and also chairs its Estate Committee

    She sits on the Scottish Executive of the BCO; and is a member of the Scottish executive board for Women in Property

    Ann was awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services to Higher Education received a Regional Director of the Year award from the Scottish Institute of Directors in 2018, and in February 2019 she received the Business Leadership Award at the Scottish Property Awards.

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    Ann Allen MBE

    Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services, University of Glasgow
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    Virginia Beckett CEO, Regent Capital

    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 involved 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 involved sourcing funding streams for property investments as well as maintaining an overview of Regent Capital's extensive UK wide portfolio of property investments.

    Virginia is also a Director of NRP where, utilising her transactional and investment expertise, Regent Capital and NRP are seeking to capitalise on the increasing convergence of property and energy and the opportunity this presents for both the energy and property markets, stakeholders and investors.

    In her previous investment and regeneration role as a Director in the CBRE Capital Markets team, Virginia advised  on various public sector funding initiatives and was responsible for funding and delivering strategic multi-function projects for both private and public sector, including working with Muse and Aviva 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 and delivering a new HQ. 

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    Virginia Beckett

    CEO, Regent Capital
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    Heather Chapple Director of Design, Architecture + Design Scotland

    Heather is an Architect with over 25 years’ experience working in the private, public and 3rd sectors. As part of the management team of A&DS she is responsible for the design advice we give...
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    Heather is an Architect with over 25 years’ experience working in the private, public and 3rd sectors. As part of the management team of A&DS she is responsible for the design advice we give on housing developments, infrastructure projects and a range of public buildings, and also for our work on sustainable construction and public engagement in planning. 

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    Heather Chapple

    Director of Design, Architecture + Design Scotland
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    Paul Curran Managing Director, Quartermile Developments

    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 Developments
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    Jestyn Davies Managing Director, Murray Estates

    Jestyn has spent almost 30 years in the property industry most of which has been spent with various Murray family businesses. Previously a Director with Premier Property Group (PPG) , Jestyn set up its...
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    Jestyn has spent almost 30 years in the property industry most of which has been spent with various Murray family businesses. Previously a Director with Premier Property Group (PPG) , 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. Flagship Projects include Edinburgh’s Garden District and the International Business Gateway. He has held various other Group board positions as well as non executive positions and is currently a board member with Edinburgh Leisure and the Edinburgh International Development Partnership. Jestyn is a former Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation and left this position in November 2013, he still serves on the Policy board.

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    Jestyn Davies

    Managing Director, Murray Estates
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    Arron Finney Regional Managing Partner, Ryden

    Arron Finnie was educated at Robert Gordon’s College and later The University of Aberdeen. Arron is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with 25 years’ experience in the...
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    Arron Finnie was educated at Robert Gordon’s College and later The University of Aberdeen.

    Arron is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with 25 years’ experience in the property industry.  He has been a Partner at Ryden since 2006 and until recently, he was Head of Agency for the firm.  He has now taken up a new role as Regional Managing Partner for the Aberdeen office.  His experience includes development, investment, acquisition, and disposal of all types of commercial property.  This focus has primarily been on office agency since becoming a Partner.   In recent years he has advised on a number of significant projects in Aberdeen, including PrimeFour Business Park, Kirkhill Business Park, iQ, The Capitol, and Marischal Square.

    Arron is 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.

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    Arron Finney

    Regional 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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    Alasdair Humphery International Director & Lead Director, JLL Scotland

    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 & Lead Director, JLL Scotland
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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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    Kirsty McLuckie Property Editor, The Scotsman

    Kirsty has been the Property Editor at The Scotsman for over ten years. Kirsty started working life in an estate agents’ in Glasgow during the property boom of the late 1980s before...
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    Kirsty has been the Property Editor at The Scotsman for over ten years.


    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

    Jo leads Brodies’ real estate team of over 100 lawyers, which is top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for real estate. Jo is personally ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners. Jo...
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    Jo leads Brodies’ real estate team of over 100 lawyers, which is top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for real estate. Jo is personally ranked Band 1 in Chambers & Partners. Jo has been a partner in Brodies since 2006 and 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
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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

    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 has a portfolio of non-executive and consulting roles. In the real estate sector he is a director of Drum Income Plus REIT plc and Struan Property Ltd, and is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Capital Investment Proposition Review Panel. He has recently become a member of the Court of Heriot-Watt University and is Chair of their Infrastructure Committee.

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    Alan Robertson

    Director, Struan Property
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    Graham Ross Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord

    Graham is an architect and urban planner, based in Glasgow. He is a Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, whom he joined in 1998 having studied architecture and urban design at Edinburgh College of Art and TU-Berlin. His...
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    Graham is an architect and urban planner, based in Glasgow. He is a Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord, whom he joined in 1998 having studied architecture and urban design at Edinburgh College of Art and TU-Berlin.

    His current projects include the ambitious (Y)our City Centre project for Glasgow City Council, in collaboration with MVRDV, planning a bold future vision for Glasgow's city centre.

    Graham is leading the feasibility study for Technology and Innovation Centre Zone in the Glasgow City Innovation District for the University of Strathclyde. He is also involved in the design of a new Glasgow High Street railway station and is A-S:L's Project Partner for V&A's Collection and Research Centre at the London Olympic Park in collaboration with lead architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

    He was Depute Chair of Architecture + Design Scotland from 2010 to 2019 and became a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland in 2014.

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    Graham Ross

    Partner, Austin-Smith:Lord
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    David Shearer Managing Director, HFD Construction Group

    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 177 Bothwell Street, 122 Waterloo Street and G1 George Square Glasgow, CityPark 1 in Aberdeen. 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 Policy Board Member of the Scottish Property Federation.

     

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    David Shearer

    Managing Director, HFD Construction Group
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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