St Nicholas House, 68 Station Road
Director, Estate AgencyBanchory
What are your key areas of responsibility at Strutt & Parker?
I qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1986 and have practised as a rural practice surveyor in northeast Scotland since 1991. I am principally involved in the sale and valuation of estates, farms, fishings, woodlands and rural houses. I am the partner in charge of the Banchory office where there are over 30 in the team, including a large number of land managers and bookkeepers. In addition to running the Banchory office I also run a farm in the northeast and have interests in woodlands, fishings and let houses so I can bring first-hand experience to office discussions and client advice. Outside of work I am often seen in pursuit of daughters on horses, or shooting.
What do you love about the town/city you work in?
Banchory is a thriving town with a very high level of local prosperity and minimal unemployment, thanks to the oil industry in nearby Aberdeen. Indeed it is widely considered as the most desirable town in northeast Scotland, not only because of its scenic setting but also due to its microclimate and high sunshine hours but the secondary school has also been rated as the No1 in Scotland.
Aberdeenshire has been rated as the best county in which to live in Scotland as it has the highest quality of living in Scotland so, by deduction, Banchory is the best place to live and work in Scotland! I am lucky to work in such lovely town, with a fun team and to represent Strutt & Parker in northeast Scotland.