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

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    Colin Cumberland Chair of the Judging Panel

    Colin became a member of the RICS in 1975 and following a couple of years abroad working as a Quantity Surveyor, returned in 1979 to co found the residential developer Applecross Properties.  During...
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    Colin became a member of the RICS in 1975 and following a couple of years abroad working as a Quantity Surveyor, returned in 1979 to co found the residential developer Applecross Properties.  During that time Applecross delivered many award-winning developments and was the first, and perhaps the only, house builder to introduce Lean Thinking and 5D design processes into their business.

    Colin was Chairman of Homes for Scotland in 2006 and in 2012 formed Eskgrove Homes to design and build sustainable homes incorporating the very latest building techniques and materials to deliver zero carbon housing.

    He is currently developing a low carbon bungalow model for the retirement homes market and continues to believe that constant innovation is the only way forward for the housebuilding industry.  

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    Colin Cumberland

    Chair of the Judging Panel
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    Dr John Boyle Director of Research & Strategy, Rettie & Co.

    John is a property economist and chartered surveyor. He leads the Rettie & Co Research Team, providing a cutting-edge research and consultancy function that informs clients on sales, lettings, investment...
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    John is a property economist and chartered surveyor. He leads the Rettie & Co Research Team, providing a cutting-edge research and consultancy function that informs clients on sales, lettings, investment and development opportunities as well as analysing where property markets are at and likely to be going. Over the last 16 years, he has built-up a wealth of experience from involvement at all stages of property projects, from small-scale developments through to major masterplans of new towns and suburbs. He has worked for all of the major house builders in Scotland, the Scottish Government, many local authorities and investors. He sits on Homes for Scotland’s Policy Advisory Group and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Society of Property Researchers.

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    Dr John Boyle

    Director of Research & Strategy, Rettie & Co.
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    Faisal Choudhry Head of Savills Scotland Residential Research

    Faisal has been working for Savills since 2004 and is the head of residential research in Scotland. He has a built a significant media profile and is often invited to speak at seminars and conferences....
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    Faisal has been working for Savills since 2004 and is the head of residential research in Scotland.

    He has a built a significant media profile and is often invited to speak at seminars and conferences. Housebuilders, developers and lenders regularly seek his advice due to his housing market knowledge and insight.

    Faisal enjoys visiting towns and cities and studying local neighbourhoods and residential developments. His field-based research gives him an advantage when advising housebuilders on their future sites.

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    Faisal Choudhry

    Head of Savills Scotland Residential Research
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    Lyle Chrystie Director, Reiach & Hall Architects

    Lyle Chrystie is an architect and director of Reiach and Hall Architects - whose work has been widely recognised as delivering design excellence across a very diverse range of sectors. With work in Education,...
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    Lyle Chrystie is an architect and director of Reiach and Hall Architects - whose work has been widely recognised as delivering design excellence across a very diverse range of sectors.

    With work in Education, Health, Sport, Offices, Civic, Masterplanning, Refurbishment, Arts and Residential sectors and ranging in scale from a Maggies centre to major urban interventions, Reiach and Hall has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s leading architects practices and the studio pursues an architecture that is useful, considered, sympathetic, intelligent and beautiful.

    Key projects where Lyle has been design leader include St Vincent Place Edinburgh which has been cited as a placemaking exemplar in the Scottish Governments architecture policy, a masterplan for the redevelopment of Irvine Harbourside, A private house in Roslin (which won a saltire award) and numerous student housing projects including Port Dundas Road Glasgow and the City of Glasgow College Riverside Campus. Lyle was as a design leader for the City of Glasgow College City Campus (Stirling Prize Shortlist 2017, BCIA Award 2016), Riverside Campus (Stirling Prize Shortlist 2016, BCIA Award 2016), The Bridge for Scottish Water (BCIA Sustainability Award 2014, RIBA National Award) and Dundee House for Dundee City Council (BCIA Award 2012, RIBA National Award).

    In addition to his work in practice, Lyle is an active speaker and has taught at the University of Strathclyde; as well as being a visiting examiner, critic and guest lecturer at numerous other schools of architecture. He has been a judge for the British Council for Offices Awards, the AJ Specification Awards and the British Construction Industry Awards and is a Fellow of the RIAS.

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    Lyle Chrystie

    Director, Reiach & Hall Architects
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    Andrew J Cunningham Managing Director, Ross & Liddell

    Andrew originally joined Ross & Liddell, as a Graduate Commercial Surveyor in 1996, having obtained a BSc in Land Economics from the University of Paisley in May 1995. Following his qualification as...
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    Andrew originally joined Ross & Liddell, as a Graduate Commercial Surveyor in 1996, having obtained a BSc in Land Economics from the University of Paisley in May 1995.

    Following his qualification as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, in November 1997, his career led him to pastures new, where he gained extensive experience in all property sectors and disciplines, while working in various client side and private practice surveying roles, before setting up his own property consultancy business in 2003.

    Having re-joined Ross & Liddell in June 2006, initially to expand the Commercial Management and Surveying Services offered by the firm, Andrew was appointed as a Director in 2008 and is now responsible for all of the company’s operational Residential and Commercial Management services,  provided through offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.

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    Andrew J Cunningham

    Managing Director, Ross & Liddell
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    Julie Cosgrove Chief Executive, Caledonia Housing Association

    Julie has had considerable involvement across the housing sector, having worked in local authority roles before moving to the housing association sector.  She has worked in a range of associations...
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    Julie has had considerable involvement across the housing sector, having worked in local authority roles before moving to the housing association sector.  She has worked in a range of associations which includes community based and large organisations, and an English based group structure.  Julie has over 20 years’ experience of operating at a senior level within the sector.  She is currently the Chief Executive of Caledonia Housing Association being instrumental in its formation in 2011 and prior to that she was Chief Executive of Servite Housing Association.    She has also been active on the governing bodies of two community organisations, the most recent being last year.

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    Julie Cosgrove

    Chief Executive, Caledonia Housing Association
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    Kieran Findlay Editor, Scottish Housing News & Scottish Construction Now

    Kieran has been the Editor of social housing publication Scottish Housing News for more than twelve years, providing a major daily resource for housing associations, local authorities and third sector...
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    Kieran has been the Editor of social housing publication Scottish Housing News for more than twelve years, providing a major daily resource for housing associations, local authorities and third sector organisations.

    Since 2010, Kieran has also been the Editor of Scottish Construction Now, delivering comprehensive coverage of Scotland’s building sector.

    He has recently taken on editorial responsibilities at Scottish Financial News.

    Having joined a local news agency after graduating from the University of Dundee, Kieran has reported on stories for local and national press on a freelance basis, helped deliver corporate communications for a large Scottish housing association and covered Scottish and UK elections.

    Elsewhere, Kieran volunteered for a Dundee children’s charity where he also worked to boost the organisation’s profile and helped establish its first fundraising committee.

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    Kieran Findlay

    Editor, Scottish Housing News & Scottish Construction Now
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    Stephen Garvin Head of Building Standards Division, Scottish Government

    Dr Stephen Garvin is the Scottish Government’s Head of Building Standards. He joined Scottish Government in 2018, where he is responsible for the development of the Building Standards system in Scotland,...
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    Dr Stephen Garvin is the Scottish Government’s Head of Building Standards. He joined Scottish Government in 2018, where he is responsible for the development of the Building Standards system in Scotland, ensuring that standards and technical guidance are updated and applied consistently across the country.

    In the post Grenfell fire era there is a substantial focus on building standards and ensuring that they secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings. Compliance of construction work with Building Standards is a key driver of the Building Standards Division’s workload.

    Prior to his current post he had a long career at the Building Research Establishment, where latterly he was responsible for BRE’s Centre for Resilience. He has led major national and international research projects, as well as undertaking substantial consultancy and expert witness work for a variety of public and private sector clients.

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    Stephen Garvin

    Head of Building Standards Division, Scottish Government
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    John Hamilton CEO, Winchburgh Developments

    Since 2010 John has led the delivery of Winchburgh Core Development Area in West Lothian, initially as Development Director for fund managers Sigma Capital, and since 2014 as Chief Executive Officer of...
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    Since 2010 John has led the delivery of Winchburgh Core Development Area 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
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    Donna Henderson Director of Strategic Finance, Hanover Scotland

    Donna has been with Hanover for over two year having started just before the Covid-19 pandemic. She currently has responsibility for the Finance, ICT and Procurement Functions. Prior to joining  Hanover...
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    Donna has been with Hanover for over two year having started just before the Covid-19 pandemic. She currently has responsibility for the Finance, ICT and Procurement Functions. Prior to joining  Hanover she held management roles in two other RSL’s in Scotland accumulating in over 17 years of experience in the housing sector. Although her passion is for housing sector she also held roles within the NHS and the charity sector.

    Donna is a qualified accountant and is currently a Board member for a SAY Women a charity which supports the sexually abused young women in Scotland.

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    Donna Henderson

    Director of Strategic Finance, Hanover Scotland
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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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    Ash Sheikh Sales & Marketing Director, Muir Homes

    Ash has over 20 years of experience of working in the housing sector working with estate agencies and new homes. Having completed his second Masters at the University of Heriot Watt, Ash began his career...
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    Ash has over 20 years of experience of working in the housing sector working with estate agencies and new homes.

    Having completed his second Masters at the University of Heriot Watt, Ash began his career working in finance and then moved to Barratt Homes during the height of the downturn in 2008 where he has amassed great knowledge of the national new build housing market over 10 years. His current role as Sales & Marketing Director for Muir Homes has further added to his expertise as Ash has needed to provide research on what is appeals to purchasers in different economic areas of Scotland.

    He has a passion for new homes and innovative design and takes a particular interest in current affairs and regulatory changes.

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    Ash Sheikh

    Sales & Marketing Director, Muir Homes
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    Dan Teague Director, S1 Developments & Teague Group

    Dan is a Director of S1 Developments and the Teague Group. Formed in 2007 S1 have delivered a series of award-winning residential developments. With a design led focus S1 operates as both developer and...
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    Dan is a Director of S1 Developments and the Teague Group. Formed in 2007 S1 have delivered a series of award-winning residential developments. With a design led focus S1 operates as both developer and contractor ensuring great quality. More recently S1 have delivered some large-scale student residential projects and are also focusing on the Build to rent sector. The Teague Group have a 30-year history of residential development in Edinburgh. Most recently under the direction of Dan and his brother Shane they have developed the highly successful Ropeworks development in Leith, the transformation of a 16-acre brownfield site into more than 800 new homes.

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    Dan Teague

    Director, S1 Developments & Teague Group