Iain McDowall (Chair)

Iain is a recently retired Chartered Surveyor with 33 years of experience in the areas of Property Asset Management, Facilities Management, Property Advice, and Valuation and Rating, who has built successful relationships with public and private sector stakeholders.

Over the course of his career as a Chartered Surveyor in the Civil Service, he has work with all aspects of the built environment. He has worked with all ages, styles and types of housing, both public and private sector. In addition, his work involved all types of commercial property, including offices, industrial and retail as well as properties offering redevelopment opportunities and specialist science facilities.

In the later part of his career, as Director of Estates at Royal Parks, he gained insight into the value to the wider public of public open space and open green space in any built environment and the challenges of dealing with the variety and often conflicting stakeholder groups and objectives.

For the last nine years, he has worked as a senior manager representing organisations to the wider public and developing contacts with stakeholders across the public and private sectors. In roles at the National Measurement Office and at Royal Parks, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction of estates within the wider organisation and had to see the “big picture” when committing funds. Moreover, he has experience working with the third sector, having worked in the successful transition of Royal Parks from an Agency of government to becoming a charity in 2017. He has also worked as a lecturer at Napier University.

He currently serves as a trustee for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, having been a “Fellow” since 1983, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).