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The Build to Rent Forum Scotland has been organised by Movers & Shakers and supported by Homes for Scotland and the Scottish Property Federation. This is an authoritative one-day event that brings together Private & Public Sector Leaders and key stakeholders in the emerging Build to Rent Sector to: debate, exchange ideas and consider what more can be done to develop “Build to Rent” in Scotland

David Smith-Milne

Founder/Managing Director


David is the founder and managing director of Placefirst, an award-winning build-to-rent developer with offices across Manchester, Salford and Liverpool. The company designs, builds and manages a growing portfolio of aspirational rental communities aimed at low-to-middle income families looking for a better rental experience. Recognising that families with children were underserved in the private rental sector, Placefirst completed its first BTR community in 2015, comprising 120 homes and a new park in Accrington, Lancashire. The overwhelming market response to this pioneering scheme has provided a platform for the company’s growth which currently includes BTR communities in Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. Working closely with councils that understand the public benefits of high quality, affordable PRS, Placefirst currently has over 1000 homes completed or on-site, and is actively exploring new opportunities in Scotland as part of its wider business plan to deliver 4,000 new homes by 2022.

Charlotte Fletcher

General Manager – East Village

Get Living

Charlotte is responsible for managing East Village, Get Living’s flagship build-to-rent neighbourhood and the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. Leading the East Village team, Charlotte manages 1,500 homes – with a further 2,000 to come - 30 independent retailers and improvements to the public realm. Charlotte combines a passion for delivering an amazing resident experience, with more than 15 years’ experience in the property sector. Before her role at Get Living, Charlotte spent more than seven years at LandSec as General Manager of OneNewChange, then Retail Business Manager for the London Portfolio and later supported the launch of Oxford’s Westgate Centre.

Dr John Boyle

Director, Research & Strategy

Rettie & Co

John is a property economist and chartered surveyor. He leads the Rettie & Co. Research Team, providing a cutting-edge research and consultancy function that informs clients on sales, lettings, investment and development opportunities as well as analysing where property markets are at and likely to be going. Over the last 15 years, he has built-up a wealth of experience from involvement at all stages of property projects, from small-scale developments through to major master-planned schemes of new towns and suburbs. He works for all of the major house builders in Scotland, the Scottish Government, many local authorities and investors. He sits on Homes for Scotland’s Policy Advisory Group and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Society of Property Researchers.

John is a regular media commentator on BTR in Scotland and he has presented at a number of events recently on BTR including for RICS and the Investment Property Forum. He has co-authored Rettie & Co.’s reports on BTR in Scotland and has acted as an adviser on a number of the country’s current BTR schemes, including Moda’s at Springside (Edinburgh) and Holland Park (Glasgow), Whiteburn’s at VOX (Dundee) and Inhabit’s at Broadford Works (Aberdeen). He regularly undertakes viability analysis of BTR schemes and his work informs the pricing, mix and absorption rates of schemes. He also undertakes appraisals of Mid Market Rent schemes for a range of providers, including developers and housing associations.

Robin Blacklock

Managing Director

Dowbrae Property Consultancy

Robin has been at the forefront of the Build-to-Rent market in Scotland since 2012 when he introduced the concept at Grosvenor’s Springside development at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh. Following a trip to the USA in early 2013 to better understand their equivalent market, Robin returned with an energy and enthusiasm for the sector which saw him lead a successful planning consent for a mixed use project anchored by 400+ build-to-rent units at Springside. He has also been instrumental in raising the profile of Build to Rent in Scotland, both in terms of introducing the concept to the industry, but also in the political arena around planning, promotion of the sector and tenancy reform.

Following the successful sale of the Springside site to Moda Living in early 2017, Robin set up Dowbrae Property Consultancy and splits his time between leading the development of the £250m mixed-use scheme, The Haymarket Edinburgh, and consulting on Build to Rent.

Iain Murray

Managing Director

Liv Consult

Iain Murray MD of LIV Consult comes with a Facilities Management and Lifecycle pedigree unrivalled in the market. Initially studying architecture Iain entered the FM industry in 1991 and in his time he has covered every aspect including holding the office of Chair of the professional body for FM in the UK the British Institute of Facilities Management and Deputy Chair of Global FM the international professional body. Iain spent time in the healthcare market with Highfield Group investing £39m through building and operating 68 healthcare facilities across the UK before joining Gardiner & Theobald to start GTFM. Gardiner & Theobald Facilities Management led the PFI market delivering over £8bn of FM and Lifecycle advice covering Schools, Hospitals, HSE HQ, MOD HQ, HMT HQ and the Cabinet Office. Iain entered private practice in 2005 and has been consulting on FM & Lifecycle through his own vehicle Principle Consulting since. In 2014 he spent a year inside Criterion Capital delivering their Miflats branded PRS operating vehicle, FM operating model and Lifecycle, including working with Macquarie Bank on funding for the 5000 PRS unit pipeline (Criterion re-financed their portfolio for £1bn in 2015). Iain is already recognised and respected in the PRS sector as an innovator and leader and has spoken for London First and Movers & Shakers at the PRS Forum in Edinburgh and London. Iain is developing LIV Consult into the leading FM and Lifecycle consultancy in PRS and he well on the way to achieving this already. Current commissions include the FM & Lifecycle advise to Lendlease, Moda Living, Scarborough Group and several significant Investors in the sector including M&G Real Estate.

Andrew Bruce

Head of Project Finance

Scottish Futures Trust

Andrew spent seven years working for a small merchant bank as a financial adviser and investor in infrastructure projects. Since 2009 he has worked for Scottish Futures Trust where he has had responsibility for sourcing and negotiating financing across several workstreams – especially the hub programme, the NPD programme and housing activities. On the latter, he was heavily involved in the set up of the LAR Housing Trust (a new charitable organisation for mid-market housing) and has been supporting Scottish Government’s efforts to promote the build to rent sector.

Rick de Blaby

Executive Deputy Chairman

Get Living

Rick de Blaby is Executive Deputy Chairman of Get Living, the UK’s leading owner operator of private rental homes, with 6,000 homes under management or in the pipeline across the UK, including sites in London, Glasgow and Leeds.

Managing 1,439 homes at East Village E20, the former London 2012 Athlete’s Village, the company has developed a revolutionary model for rental housing. Get Living is the only landlord that doesn’t charge fees, does not require a security deposit and offers longer three year tenancies, with a resident-only break clause, to give security combined with flexibility. Within tenancies, annual rent increases are set at CPI. From first viewing and throughout a resident’s stay, Get Living is responsive, flexible and attentive.

Rick has over 37 years’ experience in development and investment in both the residential and commercial sectors and has a particular interest in regeneration and design. Rick is also Non-Executive Chairman of Miller Developments, Non-Executive Director of Altitude Real Estate, Non-Executive Direction of Curo Housing Association and Chairman of the Kinetic Foundation Charity. Prior to Get Living, Rick was CEO of United House Group and prior to that, CEO of MEPC.

Eve McCurrich


Whiteburn Projects Ltd

An MRICS qualified Quantity Surveyor, Eve has a wealth of experience managing the delivery of a variety of projects in the UK and Dubai.
Eve has spent over 15 years working in residential development for both PLC’s and Strategic Land Developers.
Eve is the Director responsible for the expansion and delivery of our residential businesses, from inception to handover to owners/tenants.
Eve sits on the Scottish Property Federation’s consultation panel on PRS/Build to Rent investment and delivery, and is also a Board member of Hillcrest Housing Association, which specialises in social rent and large-scale housing management in Scotland.

Chiara Zuccon

Head of PRS

Royal Bank of Scotland

As Head of PRS, Chiara Zuccon leads the bank’s UK-wide team dedicated to supporting its institutional customers looking to develop large scale purpose-built private rental schemes. Chiara joined the Bank in 2007 and led the development of a strategy to support the emergence of the Build to Rent (‘BtR’) sector in the UK which culminated in the bank’s commitment of £1bn to financing the development of new schemes for the residential rental market. She has led the bank’s work on a number of deals including the Essential Living’s Creekside Wharf which was the first BtR scheme being delivered through Modern Methods of Construction. Through her commitment and dedication, the Royal Bank of Scotland has built a market leading BtR financing proposition from which to support its growth into an established and sustainable asset class substantially contributing to the provision of new homes in the UK.

Thomas Ashdown

Chief Executive


Thomas founded Citylets in 1999 shortly after University as one of the UK’s earliest property portals. Since then he has steered its progression through to its position as Scotland’s certified leading lettings site attracting over 4 million visitors per year. With over 16 years experience at the forefront of the sector, he is one of the original dot-com pioneers and a proptech investor.

Tracey Menzies

Real Estate Partner

Brodies LLP

Tracey has over twenty years’ experience across a full range of real estate disciplines and is also head of Brodies’ Housebuilding group. Brodies’ real estate practice comprises 26 partners, and over 100 lawyers who focus purely on the real estate investment and development market in Scotland. Tracey specialises in commercial and residential land acquisition and development work, with particular focus on development construction and funding. Tracey’s clients include Bancon Group, Mactaggart & Mickel, Andrew’s Homes and Knight Property Group and she has been involved in substantial strategic land and developments across Scotland. She is regularly sought out by house builders and landowners to negotiate and implement complex option arrangements and promotion agreements.

Tracey is listed in the Legal 500 independent legal directory as a lawyer who is commended for her “ability to mix a strong commercial thrust with pragmatism and the personal skills needed to do property deals” and displaying “excellent awareness of the market”. She has proved herself popular with clients for her ability to focus on and explain key issues.

Matthew Benson


Rettie & Co

Matthew is a Director at Rettie & Co, heading up the Investment and Development teams, with particular focus on Build to Rent and affordable housing in Scotland. He was awarded the Saltire Award for Innovation in Housing Finance, which was delivered through the Resonance® funding model developed by Rettie & Co. Matthew works closely with the Scottish Government, local authorities, SFT, regeneration agencies and others to look at new ways of stimulating housebuilding and delivering affordable housing, and developed much of the thinking behind the National Housing Trust initiative. Matthew is a Non-Executive Director of Springfield Properties plc and is a member of the advisory board of Kleinwort Hambros private bank, a trustee of ProjectScotland which assists 5,000 Scottish volunteers, and is a board member of the Edinburgh Arts Festival. Mathew was the founding Chair of bio-tech businesses EctoPharma Ltd and Ryboquin Ltd.

David Jennings


Movers & Shakers

David started his career in Construction and Property. In 1990 he jointly founded and was a Joint Managing Director of the Salisbury Consulting Group; he sold his interest in 1995. In 1996 he formed Business Vantage, a business and research consultancy which specialises in property and construction and advises major UK plc’s.

David is the Founder Director and Chairman of Movers & Shakers formed in 1996 the UK’s most successful and popular networking forum.

He is also a Founder Director and shareholder of Stonemartin plc, an AIM listed serviced office business; founded in 1999.

David is Founder Director and shareholder of ResourceFull Ltd formerly Nice4Work Ltd

Ed Crockett

Director of Residential Fund Management

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Ed, previously responsible for several residential investments in his role as a Fund manager of a segregated UK account at Aberdeen, was appointed Director of Residential Fund Management in September 2013. Ed’s role is to coordinate all aspects of UK residential investment, bringing together the resources of Aberdeen’s specialist research and asset management skills within the UK and utilising the experience of Aberdeen’s Residential Business in Europe.