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.
Ian McKee – BSc (Hons) FRICS FCABE
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 – MRICS MCABE
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 – RIAS RIBA
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.
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.
Helen completed a Masters in Architectural Conservation in 2021, gaining accreditation from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Her thesis examined Collective Conservation of Theatres in Edinburgh, in which she earned a distinction and the ESALA architectural conservation prize. 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.
Gerard Smith – Dip BS, MRICS
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 – ACMA CGMA
With a wide-ranging accounts background in the leisure, property development, marketing and housing association sectors, Diane has been a key member of GLM 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. Where GLM undertakes the role of Construction Manager on a project, Diane's financial oversight is invaluable.
Diane has been an active member of the Edinburgh Businesswomen's Club for many years and is currently treasurer. Her organisational skills come from supporting her energetic children while her dedication comes from her love of exercise!
Eilidh Walker – BSc (Hons) MRICS
Chartered Building Surveyor
Eilidh joined us as a Chartered Building Surveyor. Prior to this, Eilidh studied an Honours Degree in Building Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University. Following this, 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 attained her RICS Chartered status.
With a large geographical coverage, expanding over the Highlands and Islands, her skill set accommodates 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.
Lilli Marshall – MA (Hons)
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. Further, she brings experience of working in luxury hospitality to GLM's team environment to uphold our focus on a high-quality service.
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'.
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's curiosity invariably takes him to interesting places with unique and diverse architectural features.
Colin Callum – BSc (Hons) MRICS
Senior Chartered Building Surveyor
Based in our Inverness office, Colin joins GLM with 10 years of experience as a building surveyor. Colin graduated with a BSc (Hons) Building Surveying degree from Robert Gordon University and went on to work in the commercial property sector, providing a full complement of services and gaining his chartered status in 2016.
Colin is experienced in all aspects of building surveying, as well as project management, contract administration, building pathology, statutory consents, pre-acquisition reporting and regularly advises clients on dilapidations. He also has a keen interest in heritage buildings, sparked from his involvement volunteering and on a trainee placement with the National Trust for Scotland during his studies. As such, Colin will get involved with most of GLM’s projects from private residential, to conservation and commercial, which will benefit his continuing professional development.
When not working, Colin and his young family are out and about with the dog, or he’s playing golf, football and the guitar.
Sophie McLaren – MArch
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 innately multi-talented, as an artist she takes interest in a variety of themes. Her artwork is showcased through the GLM office imagery on the "Contact Us" page.
David Ralph – RIAS, RIBA
Associate Director, Architect
As a chartered architect, David brings design flair, attention to detail and a steady sensible approach to his projects. He is particularly fluent in the creation of 3D CAD models and Building Information Modelling while capturing the imagination of clients and colleagues alike, his quick sketches truly 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, diversification, agritourism and masterplanning. As such David is very experienced in 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!
Michael Spreull – BSc MRICS
Senior Chartered Building Surveyor
Michael joined GLM in 2022, following his relocation from London. Having started his career in Building Surveying down in London, he spent time working for a large multi-disciplinary consultancy firm where he gained his professional qualification becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor.
Following this, Michael joined a smaller consultancy as a Senior Building Surveyor and enhanced his range of experience to include project and professional surveying work. Michael is experienced in: project management; design, specification and contract administration; dilapidations; building surveying and refurbishment works. At GLM, Michael hopes to gain more experience in rural surveying and supporting other team members through their APC qualification.
Moving to Scotland has allowed Michael to make the most of the great outdoors, he enjoys cycling and is always up for a game of golf.
Jaime Alberdi – MSc ARB COAM RIBA
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 at the University of Edinburgh, he has been involved with the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) assessing 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. He enjoys playing basketball, cooking and exploring Scotland.
Bradley Mutter – BSc (Hons) MCIAT
Senior Architectural Technologist
Brad joined GLM in the summer of 2021 as an Architectural Technologist and has since been promoted to Senior Architectural Technologist.
Brad is working towards achieving his professional qualification, and qualifying as a Chartered Architectural Technologist (MCIAT).
Brad brings a wealth of experience in the detailing and implementation of modern construction, with an interest in modular design and design detailing. 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 hiking Munros and camping in his TentBox!
Finn MacMillan – MA (Hons) BSc (Hons)
Graduate Building Surveyor
Finn joined GLM for the summer of 2021 and has continued his role with GLM post-graduation from 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 –
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. After a very successful year working with GLM, Angus is continuing working part-time whilst undertaking his fourth year studies.
Angus brings with him enthusiasm and passion for the built environment alongside a desire to gain the practical experience to complement his knowledge built up at university. When not working with the team, Angus plays rugby for Edinburgh Accies and enjoys getting out and about in rural Scotland.
Wesley Lyster – BSc (Hons)
Wesley joins GLM as a Graduate Building Surveyor, having worked both as a freelance building surveyor and technical building consultant following his graduation in July 2020. Wesley was awarded the University Class Medal as the top performing student in his cohort, now he is beginning his journey of theory application and gaining practical experience as he works towards his professional APC qualification.
Working at GLM aligns with Wesley's interests in retrofit and architectural conservation, adding to our passionate team. In his spare time, Wesley enjoys reading, playing guitar and is a big fan of DC Comics and Marvel movies
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, and has since returned back to her studies whilst working part-time for GLM. Ailsa is passionate 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, showing her capabilities across multiple contexts including the masterplan for a leisure and tourism development and the conversion of a castle into exclusive venue.
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.
Wesley Ming Chi Leung – BA (Hons)
Part 1 Architectural Assistant
Wesley joined GLM as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant in July 2022. Wesley was raised in Hong Kong and came to the UK to study architecture at Newcastle University, and has since graduated with a BA (Hons) in Architecture.
He describes himself as curious yet humble, and enjoys working with people in a team environment.
Now that he is based in Edinburgh, Wesley is looking forward to exploring and appreciating the city, alongside pursuing his hobbies of photography, hiking and cycling.
Taylor Davison – BSc (Hons) MSc ACIAT
Joining the Architectural Technologist team in October 2022 - Taylor has a passion for architectural conservation and historic buildings. This places her at home at GLM!
Taylor studied at Edinburgh Napier University and graduated as an Architectural Technologist, she then went onto follow her passion for conservation by undertaking an MSc Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, she has gained experience on a variety of projects involving historic buildings and their reuse.
Outside of work Taylor enjoys reading, photography and drone flying - we look forward to getting some of her shots on our social media!
Felicity Fairclough – BSc (Hons)
Part 1 Architectural Assistant
Felicity rejoined GLM in August 2022, having completed her undergraduate Architecture degree at the University of Bath. Felicity brings a passion for working towards the country's carbon goals, minimising waste and enhancing sustainability across the built environment as well as solid, practical skills that are applicable as she works on projects ranging from feasibility to site delivery.
Whilst on her Part 1 experience Felicity hopes to gain more experience working within multi-disciplinary teams whilst also learning more about the practical application of retrofit, combining her interest in adaptive reuse and retrofit with design theory and industry examples. We will have Felicity with GLM for the next year, after which she will go back to study her Masters degree. In this time, she hopes to be able to travel and visit friends in their home countries – she has already ticked the USA off this list! Otherwise, Felicity will be enjoying being at home in Edinburgh with family: reading, baking and gaming.
Shirley Park Murray –
PA to the Directors
Shirley is a familiar face to GLM, she rejoined the firm in 2022 as the PA to the Directors. With a background as an experienced office manager and PA, Shirley's management of outlook and calendar are truly unrivalled. She has worked in a diverse range of industries, including asset management, wealth management, property and communications, thus, her skills and connections are a true asset to the team.
Beyond her main role supporting the directors, Shirley is passionate about wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. She has recently undertaken a Level 7 Wellbeing and Resilience Programme.
Shirley admits she is a complete foodie, she loves trying new restaurants and also growing her own vegetables at home. Shirley is lucky to live in a semi-rural area with lots of beautiful walks surrounding, this is perfect for walks with her crazy cockapoo Finn!