ACES Annual Meeting 2019

Graham + Sibbald were delighted to present at ACES’ Annual Meeting, held in the City Chambers, Glasgow in November 2019. Alastair Welch, Ian Kelly, Charlie Lawrence and Kerri McGuire were all in attendance to give a number of topical presentations to private sector delegates.

Alastair Welch is a chartered surveyor. He joined the Building Surveying Department in the Glasgow Office in March 1999, after working at Richard Ellis and Bell Ingram. He is responsible for project managing refurbishment and demolition works for various types of property, managing insurance reinstatement works to both commercial and residential properties, and condition surveys. He has dilapidation experience for landlords, tenants and arbitration cases, and is a qualified Commercial EPC Assessor.

Ian is a chartered planner, with 42 years’ public sector, private sector and international experience. He joined Graham + Sibbald in 2005 and led the development of a planning team that provides support to the other partnership specialisms, as well as undertaking specialist planning advice, based in Glasgow. More recently Ian has specialised in a range of expert witness commissions with a particular focus on renewable energy. He has specific compulsory purchase experience.

Charlie is a Partner in the Inverness Office, having joined Graham + Sibbald in Summer 2015 and has 16 years’ experience in the commercial property market. He worked initially as a graduate surveyor for CBRE, London, then GVA Grimley, Glasgow. He specialises in valuation, including public sector asset valuations, and also in general practice surveying work, covering rent reviews, lease renewals, rating appeals, agency work including lettings, acquisitions, disposals, development appraisals and general consultancy advice. He is an RICS APC Assessor and a Director on Inverness BID.

Kerri is a Director and Head of Planning at the Glasgow office of Graham + Sibbald. She is a chartered planner and chartered surveyor with over 14 years of private sector planning and developer consultancy experience. Kerri is also a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. She provides planning and development land consultancy advice to private and public sector clients across the whole of Scotland. This includes the provision of strategic planning advice, planning applications and appeals. She can also assist with land promotion through the development plan process, compulsory purchase advice, environmental impact assessments, and community and stakeholder engagement.

Topics from the day included ‘Planning, compensation, valuation – Getting the job done’ and ‘Asset valuation – A proactive approach’ and ‘The Planning (Scotland) Act – Infrastructure delivery’.

A representative from ACES commented, “ACES is very appreciative of the support it has received today from Graham + Sibbald, for their sponsorship of the event, for the introduction from Alastair, and the interesting presentations by Charlie, Kerri and Ian, thank you very much.”

Graham + Sibbald look forward to future ACES events.