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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    Dan Macdonald CEO, Macdonald Estates & Chair of the Judging Panel

    Dan Macdonald formed Macdonald Estates in 1998. Specialists in planning led property development, with wide experience of the retail sector and now student accommodation, it has a record of being an award...
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    Dan Macdonald formed Macdonald Estates in 1998. Specialists in planning led property development, with wide experience of the retail sector and now student accommodation, it has a record of being an award winning and leading company in its field in Scotland and Ireland.

    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 has also formed a company, Dalmatian Homes, to undertake residential development. He formed N-56 in 2014, whose purpose is to promote collaboration between business and the public sector, in the interests of economic growth, and he is on the board of The Scottish SPCA. He is proud of his Highland roots, having been born in Dornoch, Sutherland.

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    Dan Macdonald

    CEO, Macdonald Estates & Chair of the Judging Panel
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    Behnam Afshar Director, AMA (New Town)

    Behnam is a Director of AMA (New Town) Ltd, one of Edinburgh’s most respected property development companies. AMA have been at the forefront of residential and commercial development in Edinburgh...
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    Behnam is a Director of AMA (New Town) Ltd, one of Edinburgh’s most respected property development companies.

    AMA have been at the forefront of residential and commercial development in Edinburgh for over 35 years. In that time it has converted many iconic properties and created landmark buildings that have helped shape the architectural landscape of the city. Through proactive engagement with stakeholders, clients, architects, suppliers and contractors, AMA has embraced innovative materials, technologies and design to push the boundaries of development within Scotland’s historic capital.

    As Marketing Director for over 25 years, Behnam has overseen the successful promotion of AMA’s multi-award-winning development portfolio.

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    Behnam Afshar

    Director, AMA (New Town)
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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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    Mike Bruce

    Mike Bruce was Chief Executive of Weslo Housing Management from 2005 to his retirement at the end of 2019.During his career Mike was at the forefront of many of the initiatives instrumental in the growth...
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    Mike Bruce was Chief Executive of Weslo Housing Management from 2005 to his retirement at the end of 2019.During his career Mike was at the forefront of many of the initiatives instrumental in the growth of the company and enhanced its reputation in the housing sector. From the introduction of the company's Flexible Tenure Scheme in the late 90's which was influential in the setting up of the Government’s Mortgage to Rent scheme still in operation today, developing new housing for rent through a variety of means and through the company’s ground breaking venture into the private rented sector, Weslo was noted as an innovative provider of services to its tenants. A member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Mike was a regular presenter at housing conferences and seminars and remains a periodic contributor of published articles and commentaries on the Scottish housing environment.

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    Mike Bruce

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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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    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 Director, Ross & Liddell BSc MRICS

    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

    Director, Ross & Liddell BSc MRICS
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    Colin Cumberland Director, Eskgrove Homes

    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

    Director, Eskgrove Homes
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    Sue Evans Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, Architecture & Design Scotland

    Sue is a freelance landscape practitioner with 39 years of experience working mainly in Scotland. Sue is Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Architecture + Design Scotland. She spent 25 years...
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    Sue is a freelance landscape practitioner with 39 years of experience working mainly in Scotland. Sue is Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Architecture + Design Scotland.

    She spent 25 years supporting the development of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and before that the Central Scotland Forest. In 2016, she co-authored with Professor Brian Evans: Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places, documenting five years of research undertaken by the CSGN Trust through the annual CSGN Forum. In 2008, Sue was awarded an MBE for services to Forestry. Before joining the third sector in 1993, Sue worked in private practice on a number of regeneration projects.

    She is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute, a member of the Institute’s Policy and Communications Committee and for the Scottish Landscape Alliance, is Vice Chair of the Landscape for Health and Wellbeing Working Group.

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    Sue Evans

    Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, Architecture & Design Scotland
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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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    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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    Derek Logie CEO, Rural Housing Service

    Derek is Chief Executive of Rural Housing Scotland, a small charity that works to deliver affordable housing opportunities in rural communities, to help rural communities tackle local housing needs and...
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    Derek is Chief Executive of Rural Housing Scotland, a small charity that works to deliver affordable housing opportunities in rural communities, to help rural communities tackle local housing needs and to highlight the extent and nature of rural housing issues.

    Derek has worked with communities across Scotland to secure affordable housing for local people, facilitating developments in Gigha, Colonsay, Laggan and Whitsome amongst others.

    Derek was previously a member of the Scottish Land Fund committee and the Scottish Government’s Rural Development Council.

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    Derek Logie

    CEO, Rural Housing Service
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    Carole Mackie Head of Residential Development Sales Scotland, Savills MBA DipProjMan FRICS

    Carole is Head of the Residential Development Sales Scotland Region. Carole is involved in providing early consultancy and advisory services for developers on residential land sites, new homes sales strategies...
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    Carole is Head of the Residential Development Sales Scotland Region. Carole is involved in providing early consultancy and advisory services for developers on residential land sites, new homes sales strategies and has a particular focus on providing advice to funders and new developer clients on all aspects of the Residential Development process.

    Carole is a Chartered Surveyor and has been involved in all aspects of residential development for the past 15 years and laterally specialising in new homes sales and marketing. Carole studied at University of Reading to gain an MBA in Real Estate with a view to expanding her knowledge in this sector. Carole subsequently went on to develop several residential projects including both new build and conversion of listed buildings within the West of Scotland. Her team provides a dedicated sales and marketing service to developers, housebuilders and investors.

    Carole joined Savills in 2013 with a focus on building the Residential Development Sales business for the West of Scotland. The team has particular specialist expertise in the Sales and Marketing of New Homes

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    Carole Mackie

    Head of Residential Development Sales Scotland, Savills MBA DipProjMan FRICS
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    Malcolm MacLeod Director, NHBC Scotland Dip Surv BS FRICS FCIOB CEnv

    A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Chartered Environmentalist Malcolm has worked in the construction and house building industries...
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    A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and a Chartered Environmentalist Malcolm has worked in the construction and house building industries for 40 years. His broad career has included Quantity Surveying, Building Control, Building Surveying and Project Management and since 2001 he has been the Director of NHBC in Scotland.

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    Malcolm MacLeod

    Director, NHBC Scotland Dip Surv BS FRICS FCIOB CEnv
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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