Jestyn Davies becomes SPF chairman

14 Nov 2012

Policy area: Commercial

Jestyn Davies, managing director of Murray Estates, has today become chairman of the Scottish Property Federation and Alasdair Humphery, Head of Scotland for Jones Lang Lasalle, the new vice-chair.

Davies will formally become the SPF's chairman at the trade body's annual dinner this evening, held at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh. Davies will work closely with MSPs and Government officials on issues ranging from the withdrawal of empty property rate relief to increases in planning fees and how the property industry can support the Scottish economy return to health. Davies succeeds David Peck, managing director of Buccleuch Property, as chairman.

David Melhuish, director of the SPF, said: "I am delighted Jestyn will be assuming the chairmanship of SPF. He brings with him enormous experience from his time at the Premier Property Group and Murray Estates. Our continued success in representing the industry is down to the involvement and commitment of our members and Jestyn's guidance will benefit us tremendously."

Jestyn Davies said: "The SPF plays a vital role in representing the Scottish property industry to the Government. Its role is more important than ever as it seeks to defend the industry from ill considered legislation, such as empty property rates, while demonstrating to Holyrood just how important property is to the future economic health of Scotland.

"I am honoured to be asked to take the role of chairman and very much look forward to strengthening that voice, working alongside David Melhuish and the SPF team."