Scottish Property Federation appoints new Chairman

8 Nov 2018

Miller Mathieson, Managing Director of CBRE in Scotland & Northern Ireland, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

Succeeding current Chairman Andrew Sutherland (Joint Managing Director of Miller Developments), Miller Mathieson’s new appointment will commence at the SPF’s Annual Dinner, which takes place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8 November 2018.

Miller, who will now spearhead the organisation in Scotland, will use his new role to champion progress in three key areas:

To continue to make the case that Scotland needs to do more to attract investment into the real estate sector, which in turn creates jobs and wealth for the Scottish economy.
To further develop the positive relationships that the SPF has at a local and national level with policymakers on key issues affecting the property industry.
To encourage greater diversity in the industry, building on the work already started by the SPF over the past year.

David Melhuish, director of the SPF said:

“We are very excited that Miller is taking up this new role as Chairman of the SPF.  Andrew Sutherland has had a great year as Chairman and I’m very grateful to him for his support as the SPF continues its engagement across Holyrood and Whitehall, particularly around issues of planning, which have been high on the political agenda over the last twelve months.

“I’ve worked very closely with Miller for many years and he is certainly someone knows every inch of Scotland’s real estate sector, from the challenges to the opportunities.

“Scottish real estate remains attractive to overseas investors, but longer-term political and economic uncertainty has the potential to impact investor appetite.  We must act to counter any such loss of confidence, through retaining positive and stable legal and tax systems that support the sector as an attractive asset class in global terms.

“The SPF continues to bang the drum for the need to attract greater investment into Scotland’s real estate sector and there will be no greater champion for this than Miller Mathieson.”

Miller Mathieson, said:

“I am very pleased and honoured to be named as the new Chairman of the SPF.  My time as Vice-Chairman has been very productive and I’m looking forward to taking over the reins as the SPF consolidates its position as the voice of Scotland’s real estate sector.  The positive relationships that the SPF has, both at a national and local level, is something that the whole industry values and I want to continue that as we go forward on key issues such as business rates.

“I’d also like to place on record my thanks to Andrew Sutherland for the work he has done during his time as Chairman, particularly around the Planning Bill.

“Earlier this year the SPF, in conjunction with the Fraser of Allander Institute, determined that Scotland’s commercial real estate industry contributes almost £4.8 billion to the Scottish economy and supports more than 92,000 jobs.  Therefore, it’s vital that policymakers continue to recognise the value of Scotland’s real estate, and the need to attract further investment to allow the industry to continue providing this economic boost, as well as the places to live, work and enjoy.”

“Under my chairmanship, the SPF will continue to press for joined up thinking across both the public and private sectors.  Everyone in the real estate industry has a stake in ensuring that decision-making at every level is based on a solid understanding of the both the opportunities and potential risks that businesses face. “

“I’m now looking forward to working with David Melhuish and the rest of the SPF team over the next year to drive forward further positive change for the industry.”

About Miller Mathieson

Miller is the Managing Director of CBRE in Scotland and Northern Ireland with responsibility for offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast. He is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years' experience of the Scottish property market. He advises many UK corporate, institutional, public sector and pension fund clients on strategic investment matters. Recent projects have included the sale of both Westway Park in Renfrew and EcoCampus in Hamilton as well as the acquisition of 229-249 Buchanan Street, Glasgow. Development projects have included the new HQ for Aker Solutions in Aberdeen and the sale of over 1000 acres of land at Heartlands, West Lothian.

Robin Blacklock, Managing Director of Dowbrae Property Consultancy will be named as Vice-Chairman of the SPF.

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About the Scottish Property Federation

As a membership organisation, the Scottish Property Federation (SPF) is the voice of Scotland’s real estate industry.  Established in 2007, the SPF represents 185 organisations operating in Scotland.   We include among our members: property investors, including major institutional funds; developers; landlords of commercial and residential property; and professional property consultants and advisers.  The SPF works closely with those who advise and decide on public policy in Scotland to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their decisions for the property industry and wider economy.  
As part of the British Property Federation (BPF) we also benefit from close links with the leading UK property companies and investors in the UK as well as the BPF's contacts with Westminster.
For more information, please visit http://www.scottishpropertyfederation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @ScotPropFed.
For further information please contact Colin McFarlane or Elizabeth Lambley on 0131 554 1230.