Graham + Sibbald Announces Six New Partners

Graham + Sibbald are delighted to announce the promotion of; Fergus Mair, Graeme Boyd, Dominic McCormick, Claire Galbraith, Kerri McGuire and Andrew Thomson to Partner level.

Three of these promotions are in the Firm’s Residential Division. Graham + Sibbald is a trusted name in the Scottish Property market and one of the leading providers of Home Reports, Graham + Sibbald act for all major Building Societies, Banks and Lending/Financial Institutions and are listed on all the major lenders’ panels.

Fergus Mair became a Chartered Surveyor in 2007 and worked in the commercial sector in Newcastle before basing himself with Graham + Sibbald in Edinburgh within the residential team. Fergus covers all types of valuation work specialising in home reports, development appraisals and mortgage and portfolio valuations. He has developed a close working relationship with many of the estate agents and solicitors within Edinburgh together with the major lenders and private client banks. He is a keen follower of the property market at both local and national level and his opinion of market trends are often sought.

Graeme Boyd has been an integral member of Graham + Sibbald since 2006. Previous to joining the firm Graeme worked in private practice in both Edinburgh and Glasgow following graduation from the University of Aberdeen. Graeme has considerable experience in undertaking Home Reports and Mortgage Valuations alongside Residential Development Appraisals and Portfolio Valuations. As a RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor Graeme plays a lead role in the Firms structured training programme. Graeme provides top tier information and advice on any valuation aspect of residential property.

As part of Glasgow’s Residential team, Dominic McCormick is a Chartered Surveyor who brings over 14 years’ experience. He Graduated in 2006 with a degree in Building Surveying and commenced a surveying post in the same year. Dominic now oversees the firm’s West Residential Department and consistently delivers high quality and dedicated services to all clients within the West of Scotland.

Claire Galbraith brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to Graham + Sibbald with 16 years’ experience specialising in asset and property management. As a graduate of Caledonian University, Claire has achieved a BSc (Hons) in Property Management and RICS Chartered Status as well as being Nebosh qualified. Acting for landlords and tenants across all Graham + Sibbald offices, Claire advises on a range of matters such as finance, regulatory requirements, facilities management and health, safety and wellbeing whilst prioritising the highest quality of property management services to all clients on a national basis.  Claire’s impressive journey in Graham + Sibbald from a Senior Surveyor to Director in 2019 to now Partner in 2020 is evidence of her experience and expertise, as is the 3,500 properties currently being managed by her team.

Kerri McGuire studied Environmental Planning at the University of Strathclyde before undertaking a Masters degree in Urban Real Estate Management and Development at Heriot Watt University and previously worked at Entec, Drivers Jonas and Savills. As a Chartered Planner and Chartered Surveyor with over 16 years of experience in planning and development consultancy, Kerri acts for a range of public and private sector clients across Scotland.  She specialises in public sector schemes, residential development, roadside services, ports + harbours and brownfield regeneration. Since joining Graham + Sibbald in 2013, Kerri was promoted to Head of Planning and Development for Scotland in 2017, to Director in 2019 and now Partner in 2020.

Graduating in 2004 from Glasgow Caledonian University with an Honours degree in Building Surveying, Andrew Thomson has over 15 years’ experience. Andrew joined Graham + Sibbald in 2012 and oversees Contract Administration of various refurbishment projects, involved from the design stage through to final completion. Whilst responsible for the running of survey teams, Andrew works with an established client base throughout Scotland and England.

Senior Partner, Les McAndrew, said “Graham + Sibbald is no different to any other business at the moment, striving to deal with all the problems that the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown at us over the last six months.  However, our business cannot and does not stand still forever and these promotions not only reflect the performance of these individuals through the pandemic which has been simply outstanding, but also their roles in the modernisation and growth of the business over recent years to a record year of trading last year.  Whilst it might be an easier decision to make no promotions right now, I would argue that this would be the wrong thing to do.  In my view, these appointments come at absolutely the right time, helping the business recover from Covid-19 but also start to move us forward again, hopefully taking us to new record levels of trading, market conditions permitting.

For the senior management of G+S it is pleasing to see these individuals stepping up to the plate, and having confidence in not only their own abilities, but also confidence in the Firm and the strength of our business, that they want to join us as Partners.  We more than look forward to welcoming them to the Partnership team”.