Our Team

Having started life as a fledgling firm almost 30 years ago, GLM has grown into one of the country’s most respected consultancies. Today, GLM is home to an experienced team of architects, building surveyors and project managers. What unites us is our ability to collaborate, solve problems and deliver.

Our Team

Ian McKee

Ian McKee – BSc (Hons) FRICS FCABE

Managing Director

Ian was one of the founders of the practice in 1995 and is its managing director. In 2016 he was the chairman of the RICS in Scotland.

Ian is a chartered building surveyor with a first class academic background and a keen eye for design. He is therefore proud to lead a team of architects and building surveyors. His interests are wide ranging from the technical to the strategic. Ian is well versed in the full range of the profession having performed the full range of building surveying duties in the course of his career including project management, major dilapidations claims, building condition surveys, building refurbishment and property management. He has a particular interest and specialism in the hotel and leisure sectors.

Whenever he can Ian escapes to the countryside on his mountain bike or cycling the mountain passes of Mallorca.

DAVID GIBBON

DAVID GIBBON – MRICS MCABE

Director

Forming the first chartered building surveying practice in Edinburgh in 1985, 11 years later David led GLM to independence with the office reflecting David's lateral thinking, interest and enthusiasm for design and conservation.

With over 45 years of experience in property and construction, and being one of only a handful of conservation accredited Building Surveyors in Scotland, David brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and inspiration to clients and the whole GLM team.

David always has at least one campaign on the go. Currently he is working with others in a concerted effort to improve the arrangements for the maintenance and repair of buildings in common ownership in Scotland. After 4 years of campaigning this topic is beginning to attract the attention of politicians of all parties in Scotland.

DAVID JOHNSON

DAVID JOHNSON – RIAS RIBA

Director

David joined GLM 22 years ago as a graduate from the University of Liverpool School of Architecture and subsequently qualified. He has matured to become one of the most experienced architects in his field in Scotland. Calm, unflappable, technically knowledgeable and having a deep understanding of the architecture of the past and present David is an accomplished designer who maintains the highest of standards. Although he has a strongly developed sense of design and an unwavering eye for what looks right, David is the opposite of a domineering architect. He will advise and lead when required but is always respectful of the client’s needs and ambitions.

He creates buildings that are open, warm and well-proportioned. Dedicated, passionate and unassuming, David gets things done and forms a strong bond of understanding and loyalty with clients.

Aythan Lewes

Aythan Lewes – BSc (Hons) MRICS

Director

After studying Building Surveying at Heriot Watt University, Aythan joined GLM as a graduate where he qualified and in due course became a key member of the team. In 2014 he decided to spread his wings and went to work, not in his native Cumbria but in Dublin where he had a senior role with an international engineering consultancy.

Since returning to GLM in 2018 Aythan has been appointed to the role of Commercial Director of the practice. As with every other member of the team this is a dual role because he is also an active building surveyor and project manager.

Aythan brings a rare combination of professional expertise and business acumen all delivered with an infectious enthusiasm that will help drive our business forward as we continue to grow and develop new opportunities.

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith – Dip BS, MRICS

Director

Having spent much of his career working across Scotland for Ryden, Gerry joined GLM in 2021 to establish their Glasgow-based business with a key focus on project management and commercial building surveying including dilapidations, due diligence and retrofit of commercial spaces.

Gerry’s particular expertise includes project management, pre-acquisition building surveys; condition surveys; and dilapidations instructions for all types of commercial property. Additionally, advising clients in aspects of planned maintenance, fabric repairs, construction and portfolio management.

Gerry joining GLM is a reunion of sorts having worked with David Gibbon at Povall Worthington back in the late 1980’s. When not advising clients or out on survey, Gerry can often be found on the golf course and is always up for a round!

Diane Roe

Diane Roe – ACMA CGMA

Finance Manager

Coming from a wide-ranging accounts background in the leisure, property development, marketing and housing association sectors, Diane has been a key member of the GLM team since 2013. As well as being a buoyant and supportive team member she excels at key performance measurement and analysis.

Diane also provides her expertise to building project management and has a good understanding of the complexities of tax as it applies to the construction industry. Projects that benefit from her financial oversight include where GLM undertakes the role of Construction Managers.

Diane is also an active member of the Edinburgh Businesswomen's Club and has been treasurer for a number of years. Her organisational skills come from supporting her energetic children while her dedication comes from her love of exercise!

Neil McAllister

Neil McAllister – MSc RIAS RIBA

Associate Director, Architect

Neil is GLM’s champion of design. His award-winning John O’Groats Inn and Kilchoan Chapel demonstrate his range and adaptability although they represent just a tiny fraction of his highly creative output. He combines a deep knowledge, love, and understanding of old buildings with a flair for creative new architecture.

After gaining a degree in architecture he went on to acquire an MSc in Architectural Conservation from Edinburgh College of Art. Neil combines a creative and a highly logical mind. He can quickly grasp the essence of a client’s objectives and is always striving to create something of beauty whatever the brief and budget.

Neil represents Scotland on the committee for the Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association (EASA) celebrating religious buildings across the UK.

Neil likes to go on holiday with no destination in mind and his curiosity invariably takes him to interesting places with unique and diverse architectural features.

Antonio Cabello

Antonio Cabello – MRICS

Associate Director, Building Surveyor

As a senior, established member of GLM’s team, Antonio’s experience and methodical approach bring an assurance of quality to our most complex projects. With a strongly professional ethos he can be relied on to keep a firm grip on cost and quality control.

A native from Spain, Antonio came to Edinburgh in 2011 moved by his passion for Building Conservation after several years of practise as a professional qualified in Spain. For someone from a quite different cultural background, Antonio’s understanding of, and feeling for, traditional Scottish building technology and design would put many a native to shame.

He achieved his MRICS Status working for the National Trust for Scotland before joining GLM. Antonio is actively involved in building bridges within both Spain and the UK professional bodies.

In 2020 Antonio gained his RICS Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor status and is actively working to support others to become Conservation Accredited.

David Ralph

David Ralph – RIAS, RIBA

Associate Director, Architect

David qualified as a chartered architect while working at GLM. With multiple demanding projects under his belt, David brings design flair, attention to detail and a steady sensible approach to the projects he works on. He is particularly fluent in the creation of 3D CAD models and Building Information Modelling while capturing the imagination of clients and colleagues alike with his quick sketches to bring the vision to life.

David trained at Edinburgh University, but grew up in Bahrain and has worked in the Alps so there is something supranational in his approach and thinking. From this multifaceted background David has developed an expertise in the fields of high end residential, tourism and leisure including the planning process for leisure developments in England and Scotland. Clients find David quietly reassuring and competent and intensely loyal to them and their projects.

When not working, David is often found on beaches or ski slopes, depending on the season with his trusty companion MacRalph! Look out for Mac on our social media channels!

Jaime Alberdi

Jaime Alberdi – MSc ARB COAM RIBA

Project Architect

Jaime joined GLM in 2021, with over 10 years of broad experience in construction management, conservation and design. He has worked on a variety of projects within Scotland, including surveying and adaptation of listed buildings for restoration, and refurbishment and extensions of residential properties.

Jaime has a passion for conservation which saw him study an MSc Architectural Conservation degree at the University of Edinburgh, now he is an active member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) where he assesses planning applications for listed buildings and conservation area consents. Early in his career Jaime worked as the Principal Architect in restoring the 17th Century Monastery of Comendadoras of Santiago in Madrid.

Originally a Spanish Native, Jaime now lives in Edinburgh with his fiancé and child. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, cooking and exploring Scotland.

Neil Dickson

Neil Dickson – MRICS

Senior Building Surveyor

After graduating from Northumbria University in 2013, Neil, originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne, headed across the globe to New Zealand keen to gain experience and to fulfil some of his passion for travel. He was involved in the diagnosis of leaky buildings and subsequent repairs gaining fantastic problem solving and people handling skills.

From this background Neil has spent the past four years at GLM immersed in a wide range of surveying, project management and contract administration roles on the basis of which he passed his APC, becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor in the summer of 2019 much to the delight of the whole team. At GLM he has found himself involved with some fascinating conservation work which has fired his interest in historic buildings.

Neil is blessed with excellent organisational skills and a pleasing but firm manner to go with them.

Eilidh Walker

Eilidh Walker – MRICS

Chartered Building Surveyor

Eilidh joined in 2020 as a Chartered Building Surveyor. Prior to this, Eilidh studied an Honors Degree in Building Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University. Following her studies, Eilidh went on to spent 5 years working in the corporate sector with one of the largest multi-disciplinary consultancy firms in Scotland, based in the Highlands. Here, she completed her professional training attaining her RICS Chartered status.

With a large geographical coverage, expanding over the Highlands and Islands, Eilidh’s skill set is broad to accommodate many requirements whether it be a pre-acquisition building condition survey, detailed design through to defect diagnosis, rectification, and Contract Administration. Additionally, Eilidh is a qualified Energy Assessor who can produce Energy Performance Certificates. As a native Gaelic speaker and active crofter from the Hebrides, she has an in-depth understanding of rural communities and environment whether it is the built or natural environment.

Sophie McLaren

Sophie McLaren

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Sophie joined GLM in September 2018 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant and gained her MArch in Advanced Architectural Design in 2021. As an architect in the making Sophie outclasses many with a multiple of her years of experience.

Sophie's Masters project saw her analysing neglected areas of Glasgow and the impact of the motorway being built overhead - in turn looking beyond the immediate building and gaining greater understanding of the role an individual aspect plays within a landscape.

Her creative and artistic design skills have made her a valued asset to the practice as she supports the senior architects and also leads on small residential projects. Sophie is also a talented artist taking interest in a variety of themes, her artwork is showcased through the GLM office imagery on the "Contact Us" page.

Lilli Marshall

Lilli Marshall – MA (Hons)

Marketing Assistant

Lilli joined the team in 2021 having graduated from University of Edinburgh with a first in Business Management. Having been raised near Tain, Lilli brings a connection between two of the key GLM locations. Her warm outgoing personality, direct style and passion for quality combine to influence the buoyancy of the team and support us in reaching out to clients, past present and future.

Working with GLM’s experienced team of architects, building surveyors and project managers, Lilli’s main task is that of communication: ensuring that GLM’s vision and services are communicated in a clear, consistent and attractive form.

Out of hours Lilli can usually be found making the most of the outdoors, she enjoys wild swimming and refers to herself as a 'fair weather cyclist'.

Helen Beresford

Helen Beresford – MSc (Hons) MArch

Senior Architectural Technologist

As a passionate and gifted Technologist, Helen brings to GLM a wealth of experience at the sharp end of design having helped deliver projects across the UK. With a particular interest in heritage buildings and focussing on initial surveys and intricate and sensitive detailing, Helen fits right in with the team.

Alongside working with us at GLM, Helen completed a Masters in Architectural Conservation gaining accreditation from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Her thesis examined Collective Conservation of Theatres in Edinburgh, in which she earned a distinction. Prior to this, she blended her studies with gaining experience in Architecture projects in both city and country scapes.

Helen describes herself as a Flâneur, enjoying exploring vibrant cities and meeting the people that inhabit them.

Bradley Mutter

Bradley Mutter – ACIAT

Senior Architectural Technologist

Brad joined GLM in the summer of 2021 as an Architectural Technologist. Brad brings a wealth of experience in the detailing and implementation of modern construction. He particularly enjoys turning creative sketches into reality through well thought through solutions that keeps the essence of the concept design and ensuring it stands the test of time . Brad is passionate about technical design and is always keen to learn about and put forward new methods of construction. When not working on projects Brad can often by found camping in his TentBox!

Fionnghal Caldwell

Fionnghal Caldwell – ACIAT MSc

Architectural Technologist

Finn joined GLM, as an Architectural Technologist, having completed his Masters in Architectural Technology and Building Performance at Napier University in the summer of 2021. With a degree from Robert Gordon University as an Architectural Technician and the addition of his sustainability expertise, Finn adds to the Net Zero & Sustainable Construction experience within the wider team. Finn’s main interests within the built environment are Sustainable Building Design, Building Energy Performance, Innovative Material use including Timber, Prefabrication and Retrofitting.

Ailsa Innes

Ailsa Innes

Part 1 Architectural Assistant

Ailsa joined GLM as Part 1 Architectural Assistant on placement from the Glasgow School of Art, MacKintosh School of Architecture in 2021. Ailsa brings a passion for community focused design, creating a sustainable future and communicating a place through the built and natural environment. Ailsa is working on a variety of GLM projects with a particular focus on managing the site phase of a studio apartment development.

In addition to her role at GLM, during the 2020 pandemic, Ailsa co-founded the thinktank Work In Progress where we seek to create representation through community led initiatives through design.

Finn MacMillan

Finn MacMillan – MA (Hons)

Assistant Building Surveyor

Finn joined GLM for the summer of 2021 and has continued his role while back finishing his final year studying Building Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University. Finn brings a broad educational background to his role at GLM having worked with Historic Environment Scotland, as a Stonemason on St Mary’s Cathedral (amongst others), and a First Class degree in Architectural History from Edinburgh University.

Along with an insightful and ongoing understanding of sustainability issues, Finn brings all of this along with infectious enthusiasm to his work supporting the rest of the team on surveys and projects.

Angus Lawrie

Angus Lawrie

Assistant Building Surveyor

Angus joined GLM in September 2021 as Assistant Building Surveyor to satisfy the placement element of his third year studying Building Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University. Angus brings with him enthusiasm and passion for the built environment alongside a desire to gain the practical experience to add to his knowledge built up at university. When not working with the team at GLM Angus plays rugby for Edinburgh Accies and enjoys getting out and about in rural Scotland.