Galbraith celebrates new appointments and professional successes

Simon Mingay and Lucy Yates

Galbraith has appointed new surveyors to its expanding building surveying and commercial divisions. The firm’s head count has now reached 280, up from 250 in 2016.

Simon Mingay, a chartered building surveyor is joining the firm’s Stirling office and will be assisting James Taylor. Simon will work on all aspects of property surveying throughout Scotland and beyond.

Martin Cassels, building surveying partner for the firm, said: “We are delighted to have Simon on board to strengthen our department based in Stirling and increase our capacity to deliver building surveying services across Scotland and further afield. This appointment confirms our strategy to continually boost the building surveying department across Galbraith.”

Lucy Yates has also been appointed to the Stirling office as a graduate commercial surveyor having recently completed a master’s degree in Real Estate Management at Heriot Watt University. Lucy will be working on commercial agency, valuation and development projects.

Jay Skinner joins the Galbraith commercial team in Edinburgh as a planner, providing guidance and advice to a range of clients as well as supporting the growth of the firm’s planning services.

Galbraith manages in excess of £450m of commercial property across the UK as well as providing asset management, investment, valuation, facilities management, sales, lettings and acquisition services. The firm has twenty members of staff in the commercial division as well as eleven building surveying staff working from its Edinburgh, Stirling and Inverness offices.

In addition, Galbraith is also celebrating professional success for four young members of staff who have passed their professional qualifications through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Galbraith is also delighted to have two newly qualified commercial surveyors in its Edinburgh office: Jamie Addison-Scott and Emma MacFadyen; and in addition two newly qualified rural surveyors Jennifer Jeffrey, (Edinburgh) and Isla King (Aberdeen), all of whom successfully passed their Assessment of Professional Competence recently and are now members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Jamie Addison-Scott started with Galbraith in 2016 as a graduate surveyor after studying Economics at Newcastle University, followed by a masters in Real Estate at Glasgow University. Jamie will continue to work in the Edinburgh office as a member of the Investment Agency team.

Jamie commented: “Galbraith has provided me with a wide range of training, which was essential in being able to successfully navigate my way through the APC process. My training ranged from property management to transactional work, with all members of the team providing a high level of support throughout. I am delighted to have become a member of RICS and look forward to this next step in my career”.

Emma MacFadyen joined Galbraith in 2016 as a graduate surveyor after studying Law and Spanish, followed by a masters in Real Estate at the University of Aberdeen. Emma will continue to work in the Edinburgh office as a member of the Commercial Property Management team.

Emma commented: “The varied training programme at Galbraith provided me with the breadth of experience necessary to successfully pass the APC at first attempt. Throughout the APC process, I had the full support of my colleagues. I look forward to the next set of challenges in my career”.

Jennifer Jeffrey joined Galbraith’s Edinburgh office in 2016 after graduating from Scotland’s Rural College with a degree in Rural Business Management. She is involved in a wide range of valuation and professional consultancy across the Scottish Borders and Lothians as well as assisting with estate management.

Jennifer commented: “I am delighted to have become a member of RICS following the culmination of the APC and my academic studies. The support from the Galbraith rural team and the extensive array of professional work I have undertaken to date was key to my success. I look forward to continuing to develop my expertise and offer exceptional service to our clients”.

Isla King is also a newly qualified rural surveyor based in the Aberdeen office. Her brief includes sales, valuations and estate management. Isla graduated from SRUC Edinburgh in 2016 with a BA in Rural Business Management, a course which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

“Working from the Aberdeen office has provided me with a range of opportunities in an area new to me. Training with a diverse firm such as Galbraith meant it was very easy to approach colleagues for guidance utilizing the breadth of the firm’s expertise. I am looking forward to working more closely with clients now that I am fully qualified” Isla said.