Les Meikle is the Managing Director and Owner of Wise Property care, the most innovative and technologically advanced company within the industry. Regarded as a leading industry expert he regularly conducts CPD seminars on “What’s New in Building Preservation” to a variety of professional audiences. With a reputation for innovation within the industry you can regularly hear Les’s views through ‘The Rotter Blog’ or via ‘The Rotter Twitter channel’. A previous Chairman of the Property Care Association (PCA) – the governing body of the industry; recently elected as ‘Director to the board of the Leaders Forum, Leaders Exchange at Entrepreneurial Scotland’ and selected to mentor businesses under the ‘Scottish Enterprise’ mentoring scheme; Les still finds the time to lecture on Entrepreneurship at The “Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship” at Strathclyde University and on Building Preservation to Building Surveyors at Caledonian University.”
Les was recently honoured with a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) under its eminent election process in recognition of service to the surveying industry, in particular, training of the RICS members in all aspects of building preservation.
Gillian is founder and CEO of 29 Studios, a Creative Digital Agency founded in 2009, based in Glasgow with expansion underway in London, New York and San Francisco. In 2011 Gillian was winner of a Global 100 Red Herring Award in Los Angeles, other winners included Google, Facebook, Salesforce and Twitter, and in 2012 was invited by YouTube to become video partners. In 2012 Gillian presented with YouTube at the annual Google I/O Conference in San Francisco, the Power of Online Video.
Sandy Adam is Chairman of Springfield Properties PLC and the main driving force behind its success. Springfield has been selected as Scottish Homebuilder of the Year for the last three years. Sandy is also the past Chairman of Homes for Scotland.
From a farming background, Sandy operated as a property developer and investor until 1998 when he began house building under the Springfield banner. Under his leadership the company has built over 3500 homes including over 1000 affordable homes increasing turnover by 14% in 2014/15 to £84million. Sandy’s success has proven that the family business model is a strong one.
Niall is the director of Geo-Rope Ltd and is based in Ballachulish. Born and raised in Lochaber, Niall has worked and travelled extensively around the world, before setting up Geo-Rope Ltd. A specialist in providing geotechnical, civil engineering and rope access service to all sectors Geo-Rope is currently carrying out contracts in the UK and across Europe. Geo-Rope Ltd remained successful during the financial downturn due to their ability to harness and develop the skills of local workforce and export that talent and enthusiasm worldwide whilst remaining firmly based in the Highlands of Scotland.
Niall’s other companies include Geo-Info Ltd (England / Ireland) and Geo-Structural Ltd (Caldercruix) both growing companies focused in the rail and infrastructure sectors.
Derek is a Director of the Scottish Family Awards and a hospitality industry executive with over 25 years experience across the UK and Ireland. He started his working life as a busboy at Chicago Meatpackers in Glasgow and progressed to the position of Brand Director with The Restaurant Group in 2015. He is also founder and Director of Bash Fundraising Events who have been organising charity fundraising dinners with Real Radio and now Heart to raise funds for children’s charities in Scotland. They have raised in excess of £400k since the events started hosting artists including The Proclaimers, Amy MacDonald, The Bay City Rollers, Hue and Cry, ABC and Gabrielle.
Brought up in a working class Dundee family, Tony Banks is a Falklands veteran and entrepreneur. Tony is Founder and Chairman of Balhousie Care Group, Scotland’s largest private residential care home provider. In 1991, Tony bought his first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. From very modest beginnings with that 31-bed care home, Balhousie Care Group is now one of Scotland’s most successful residential care providers, with 27 homes in Scotland providing accommodation for up to 1000 residents.
Tony is also past Chairman of Business for Scotland.
Graeme McCormick established Conveyancing Direct, Solicitors in 1997 to provide an efficient, cost effective and IT driven house purchase and sale service throughout Scotland.
It quickly grew to become the largest dedicated domestic conveyancing service in the country completing around 4000 transactions each year. 80% of its business comes direct from the public, while the remainder is sourced through property professional introducers. Graeme is a regular media commentator on the Scottish housing market and unpaid advisor to both public and private corporations in the best traditions of the Scottish legal profession.
David has had a varied career both in the public and private sector and for the last 20 years has managed a group of companies specialising in commercial property development and investment. David worked in finance and property for many years before setting up Sangobeg Developments Ltd in 1994.
Sangobeg Developments Ltd successfully redeveloped the former Taybank Works in Morgan Street and thereafter the former Charles Gray Ltd complex at Coldside, together with a number of smaller but successful ventures. Thereafter he set up Tayforth Property Developments Ltd for the Leith development and in 1999, set up Broxburn Properties Ltd for the development of the former United Biscuits factory in Broxburn. These include warehousing, distribution, office, hotel and restaurant interests. David also funds a charity “The Sangobeg Scholarship” which funds bright, older orphans to go to University or College in South Africa.
Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist and co-founder of an award winning IT company. She is founder and Top Cat at Tartan Cat Communications, which specialises in communications and crowdfunding. Michelle develops and delivers social media and communication strategies and campaigns for a variety of UK companies. Michelle was a member of the team that launched Scotland’s first crowdfunding platform and she now brings her communications and crowdfunding experience together to consult with The Social Foundation and The Crowdfunding Centre, where she helped launch UK Crowdfunding Day (Nov 1 2013), UK Crowdfunding Week (Nov 6 2014) and a major crowdfunding conference in London and Sheffield for both events. She also manages PR, communications strategy and crowdfund marketing for a number of UK and Europe-based crowdfunding platforms.
Michelle is Glasgow group leader of Business for Scotland and was elected to the National Committee of Women for Independence in May 2015.
Ian McDougall is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of McDougall Johnstone who offer business advisory, strategic growth, corporate finance and accounting and taxation advice to a wide range of businesses. McDougall Johnstone specialise in the Innovation and Technology and Hospitality and Tourism sector.
Ian is also a founder of the Glasgow Distillery Company, the first gin and whisky distillery in Glasgow for over 100 years, being one of the founding members of the Scottish Craft Distillers Association and the Non Executive Finance Director of a software company. Ian is also finance spokesperson for Business for Scotland.
Director and Edinburgh group leader of Business for Scotland. Jil is a founding partner at ThinRedLine Design, a marketing and graphic design company based in Edinburgh supplying graphics, photography, branded workwear and products. Jil has previously worked within fashion, design and media sectors, as a freelance stylist and copywriter for organisations such as Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board, Scottish Convention Bureau, Standard Life publications and the fashion pages of the Weekend Scotsman magazine.
In 2004 she combined her business and interior design skills, to establish and manage Home Apartments, an Edinburgh based property rental company, specialising in unique, short term holiday accommodation. She graduated with an MBA in 2004.
Construction and property entrepreneur Kenny Anderson is leader of the Aberdeen Business for Scotland Group. Born in England to a Scottish father and an Irish mother, Kenny moved to Glenlivet as a child. Following a short spell at Glasgow School of Art Kenny joined McLeod & Aitken, Chartered Quantity Surveyors in 1977 as an Apprentice Surveyor.
In December 1993 Kenny branched out on his own and co-founded Anderson Construction (Aberdeen) Ltd, a construction company specialising in commercial and industrial work in the north east of Scotland. In 2002 he established Anderson Buchan Properties Ltd and has since built up a small but successful portfolio of commercial property.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Kenny is also a past Chair of the CIOB Aberdeen Centre, a past Chair of CIOB Scotland and was an elected Trustee of the CIOB from 2009 to 2012 having topped the 2009 international election poll winning more votes than any other Trustee in any election to date. In early 2014 Kenny joined the Board of Aberdeen based Charity CLAN Cancer Support and in November 2014 became Chairman of the Charity, a position he currently holds.