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Our team

Our team

Ediston has a talented team of individuals with 10-28 years’ experience and a mix of skill sets, working in a mutually-supportive environment to deliver results for our clients.

Key members

Daniel O’Neill BSc MRICS DipPropInv

Daniel O’Neill BSc MRICS DipPropInv

Danny is founder and current Chief Executive of Ediston, with 25 years of experience in real estate markets. At Ediston he has been responsible for transacting investment and development opportunities and for growing the business to its current level, including strategically disinvesting from the UK market in 2006/2007 before reinvesting from 2009 onwards.

 

Before setting up Ediston in 2004 he was Investment Director at Standard Life Investments, where he was responsible for the UK’s largest Pooled Pension Property Fund as well as the Company’s segregated property pension funds and approximately £2bn of Funds. His experience covered all sectors of the property markets with significant weighting to investment transactions UK-wide.

 

Danny is a Chartered Surveyor, graduating with a Degree in Land Economics. He was awarded the Estates Gazette prize and the Michael McIndoe prize for the most distinguished graduate of his year. He also has an Investment Diploma from Reading University.

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Alastair Dickie BSc MRICS

Alastair Dickie BSc MRICS

Alastair is responsible for securing and delivering investment, development and asset management opportunities and managing existing investment stock, with a particular relevance to the retail sector. Before joining Ediston, Alastair spent 10 years as Director at Macdonald Estates, where he was responsible for purchasing and developing in excess of £250m of assets and secured consent for over 2million sq. ft. of retail floor space. Prior to that he worked at Scottish & Newcastle developing hotels, restaurants and pubs throughout the north of England and Scotland.

 

Alastair holds a degree in Land Economics and is a member of the RICS. He is married with two children. His personal interests include cycling (collecting bikes – now at 10) and most sports.

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Andy McKinlay BSc (Hons) MRICS

Andy McKinlay BSc (Hons) MRICS

Andy has been with Ediston since 2004 and was appointed Chairman in January 2017, with responsibility for leading the new Board and driving forward the next phase of the company’s growth. Andy has 28 years of experience in commercial real estate markets, primarily in office asset management and development. Andy was previously responsible for transacting and delivering the company’s development portfolio and the asset management of the 2 Ediston Opportunity Funds and will continue to provide development management support to Ediston’s development business. Andy is also a Director of Ediston Homes Limited.

 

Before joining Ediston in 2004, Andy was Development Director at CALA Properties for 2 years where he was responsible for securing and delivering office developments in Central Scotland. Prior to that, Andy spent 4 years as Development Director at AWG Developments and 10 years as Development Manager at Standard Life Investments. Andy is a Chartered Surveyor graduating with an Honours Degree in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University in 1988.

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Calum S Bruce, BSc (Hons), MRICS

Calum Bruce, BSc (Hons), MRICS

Calum is a Director with responsibility for sourcing suitable investment and development opportunities.

 

He joined Ediston in 2013, from SWIP where he spent 9 years working on wholesale and institutional mandates in the UK real estate market. Calum was Fund Manager of the Halifax Managed Income Fund with responsibility for the development and implementation of Fund strategy and for managing a portfolio of direct and indirect assets throughout the UK. He made all acquisitions and disposals on behalf of the Fund.

 

Prior to this, Calum worked as an investment agent for property consultants King Sturge, advising property companies, private investors and institutions on investment sales and purchases.

 

Calum holds a BSc (Hons) in Estate Management from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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Graham Lind MRICS

Graham is Investment Manager at Ediston with responsibility for the asset management of properties held across all of Ediston’s investment vehicles and for the acquisition of investment opportunities. Graham has an agency and investment background with previous experience in advising institutions and property companies on the acquisition and disposal of retail investments, in particular retail warehouse assets.

 

Prior to joining Ediston in March 2015, Graham held the position of Associate Partner at Wilkinson Williams where he spent 4 years as an investment surveyor working in the retail warehouse sub sector, and before that, undertaking a similar role at Jones Lang LaSalle for 7 years.

 

Graham is a chartered surveyor and graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2004 with a MA degree in Property. He is married with 3 sons and is a keen sportsman.

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Murdo McIlhagger

Murdo McIlhagger, BLE (Hons), MRICS

Murdo is an Investment Manager with responsibility for acquisitions, disposals, and asset management of properties held across Ediston’s investment vehicles.

 

Murdo has an Institutional background in Fund Management with a focus on all sectors UK wide. His experience includes transacting both standing and development stock as well as asset management of a full range of commercial properties. Further experience includes Investment brokerage and Property Management.

 

Prior to joining Ediston, Murdo worked at Aberdeen Asset Management for 7 years where his role included strategy, acquisition, disposal and asset management on both discretionary and non-discretionary mandates. Before this Murdo was an Investment broker in the City of London with Jones Lang LaSalle.

 

Murdo holds an honours degree in Land Economics from the University of Aberdeen and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Neal Jamieson BSC (HONS) MRICS

Neal was appointed Director in January 2017 with responsibility for Ediston’s property development business. Neal has a Project Management background with a diverse experience of project delivery gained from previous consultancy, contracting and client-side roles.

 

Since joining Ediston in 2014, Neal has been responsible for the delivery of key asset management, refurbishment and development projects for the Ediston Opportunity Fund and Clydebuilt Limited Partnership.

 

Prior to joining Ediston in June 2014, Neal was employed by Corran Properties where he spent 3 years working on the Charlotte Square Collection projects, and retail and office development projects undertaken on behalf of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

 

Neal graduated from Heriot Watt University in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Building Surveying and is a Chartered Surveyor.

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Neelum Yousaf BAcc (HONs) CA MCSI

Neelum is Financial Controller with responsibility for statutory reporting for all investment vehicles, budgetary control and cash flow management, fund administration, accounting and client reporting.

 

Prior to joining Ediston in January 2015, Neelum completed her chartered accountancy qualification with a small firm in Dundee and then moved to Edinburgh. After a few years in private practice, she joined Keysight Technologies, a global electronic measurement business, as Senior Financial Accountant. Here she assisted the separation of the company from Agilent Technologies and was responsible for the reporting and administration for the UK and Argentina.

 

Neelum is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland and obtained her qualification in 2010. She also became a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment at the start of 2016. Neelum attended the University of Dundee at the young age of 16 and graduated with an Honours degree in Accounting.

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Niall D R McLean BSc MRICS

Niall McLean BSc MRICS

Niall is a Development Manager with responsibility for procurement and delivery of occupier-led projects. Prior to joining Ediston in 2011, Niall was a Development Manager at Macdonald Estates for 9 years, specialising in Retail led regeneration projects including the redevelopment of Stenhousemuir Town Centre and the former NCR Factory in Dundee.

 

In addition to retail, Niall has significant experience in the Student Accommodation and Commercial Leisure sectors. He was previously UK Property Manager for Deichmann Shoes responsible for the acquisition of new stores across the UK. Niall is a qualified Chartered Surveyor graduating with a Degree in Land Economics from the University of Paisley.

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Rankin Laing

Rankin Laing FCCA DipPropInv

Rankin has 18 years’ experience in real estate and is currently responsible for fund administration, client reporting, company structures, accounting, taxation, treasury, property appraisals and performance measurement and analysis. He is also a Director of Ediston Homes Limited.

 

Before joining Ediston in 2007, Rankin spent 6 years at Waterfront Edinburgh Ltd and, as Deputy Chief Executive, was responsible for finance and implementing the business plan. Prior to that he was at Standard Life Investments where he managed the finance team responsible for property assets of more than £6bn.

 

Rankin is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and qualified in 1996, receiving a Medal for Academic Achievement. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Property Investment from the College of Estate Management in Reading, completed in 2009. He won the Norseman Holdings prize for most outstanding student. He is married with 3 children and interests include cycling and generally keeping fit.

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Testimonial Gallery

“Ediston’s intensive and entrepreneurial approach to Asset Management is helping to deliver good results and enhancing the returns for the Europa/Ediston Joint Venture assets.  We like their approach to the management of real estate projects.”
Rob Sim, Partner, Head of Northern Europe, Europa Capital LLP
"The Ediston team are very active across the whole of the UK and we have worked together on a number of good opportunities over the last 6 years and are delighted to have been involved in the successes they have achieved"
Stuart Heslop, Regional managing Director, Real Estate Finance, Royal Bank of Scotland
“Ediston is a valued client of Santander. We are delighted to be working with this highly experienced and dynamic team of professionals. The business has gone from strength to strength and consistently delivers strong results, operating to the highest of standards.   We look forward to working with Ediston towards its future success.”
Nick Peet, Divisional Head - Real Estate Finance, Santander Corporate Banking