2023 Conference Speakers

Our Host – Jennifer Reoch

Jennifer is an exciting, award-winning television and radio presenter and past host of the PMAS conference. We are looking forward to Jennifer bringing her fun yet relaxing energy to our conference.

Session One – Everyone Can Help to Tackle Debt

Christine Convoy – Director, Dunedin Advisory

Christine is a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner (IP) with over 25 years’ experience in business services and recovery. She is currently founder and director of Dunedin Advisory Ltd, specialists in business advice, debt management and solutions, restructuring and insolvency. The firm cover the whole of Scotland with offices in Glenrothes, Dundee and Glasgow. They provide services to individuals, sole traders, partnerships, directors and limited companies – for those with financial issues requiring resolved and to creditors seeking to recover funds due. DA are the lead provider to the Accountant in Bankruptcy administering over 700 cases annually. The firm works closely with other specialist professionals and key institutions offering a full suite of business services and advice. Christine is on HMRC and other institutional panels taking IP appointments to recover funds for creditors and sits on various business committees. She is renowned for her practical, commercial and solution driven business approach.

Session Two – Insurance

Chris Cadwallender – Gallagher

Chris has specialised within the insurance market for more than 35 years. Initially working with major UK and US based insurers.  Chris has been a Gallagher Account Director for more than 15 years, working with many of the leading property factors in Scotland and managing agents in Northern Ireland. His focus is to support Gallagher clients through the challenges of a changing and complex property insurance landscape.

Dean Kressinger – Gallagher

Throughout his career, Dean has specialised in property and commercial insurance.  Starting work with HSBC Insurance Brokers, where he focused on sales and customer service looking after small businesses and property owners, he joined the Gallagher key accounts team in 2010.   His focus is to support his clients, harnessing his experience and specialist knowledge to help them navigate the often complex block insurance sector.

Alistair Halley – Sedgwick

Alistair is a Chartered Loss Adjuster, a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, an Executive Director in Sedgewick International UK with over 40 years adjusting experience. During his career he has been individually nominated by certain Insurers to handle, on a global basis, major losses travelling throughout Europe, Asia, the US and the West Indies with many losses in excess of £100 million also handling many of the largest losses in the UK.

Session Three – Cladding Update

David Reid – CEO, James Gibb Residential Factors

David Reid is CEO and a shareholder at James Gibb Residential Factors. He was formerly the Owner and Managing Director of Life Property Management Ltd, which was acquired by James Gibb in 2019. He has been a key influence in the creation of the largest property management business in the country following the acquisition of Speirs Gumley in June 2023. David has been working in the property management industry for 25 years with early career periods in the NHS and Legal & General. He is Past President of the Property Managers Association Scotland, 2018 to 2020, and was appointed a Director of The Property Institute, England in 2022, which is a reflection on the wealth of knowledge he has in the industry. He has established key relationships in Scottish Government and Westminster which assists in building knowledge and experience in the sector.

Amy Stuart – Head of Cladding Remediation Policy and Legislation, Scottish Government

Amy has worked with Scottish Government since 2007, and in the wider civil service since 2004. She has held several posts in this time, spanning areas including economic development, key sector skills and employability services, and currently leads the Cladding Remediation Policy and Legislation Unit.

Session Four – The Joy of Reading Deeds

Aaron Kane – Senior Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, BTO Solicitors

Aaron is a Senior Solicitor in BTO’s Commercial Dispute Resolution department. Aaron deals with a variety of contentious and non-contentious work across a range of areas for BTO’s commercial clients, including debt recovery, property litigation, insolvency litigation, and contract disputes. Aaron works closely with BTO’s portfolio of property factor clients on strategies for managing risks associated with managing extensive developments, and “provides clear, sensible advice on complicated matters” (property factor client testimonial).

Lucy Dunlop – Solicitor, Commercial Dispute Resolution Department, BTO Solicitors

Lucy Dunlop is a Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution Department at BTO Solicitors LLP. Lucy qualified as a solicitor in 2020 with Irwin Mitchell and has exclusively practised in civil litigation both there and latterly with Clyde & Co LLP. She has experience of conducting and appearing in cases within the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, and the Court of Session.

Session Five – The Way of The Productivity Ninja

Lyndsey Segal – Productivity Ninja, Think Productive

Think Productive is a global team of productivity experts and wellbeing champions who passionately walk the talk. Our work is unorthodox, innovative and impactful. We see a world where everyone practises ninja-level productivity and where playful, productive momentum is your default setting, instead of stressed and busy. Productivity Ninja Lyndsey Segal’s mission is to help people improve the way they work and learn; empowering them to work more effectively, happily and productively so they can have more time and energy for the things that matter. Traveling the country (and further afield) Lyndsey spreads our Ninja message with energy and enthusiasm.

Session Six – Repairs

Stewart Hamilton – Director, Allied Surveyors

Stewart is a Chartered Building Surveyor with 25 years post Chartered experience, providing advice and assistance on all types of buildings from residential to commercial, ecclesiastical to industrial. Clients include local authorities, private individuals, small businesses up to multi nationals, and of course Property Factors. Covering the whole of Scotland, previous employers have included a medium sized building contractor, private surveying practice and his own private practice before joining Allied Surveyors Scotland in 2014 where he currently heads up the Building Consultancy division.

Session Seven – EV Charging

Duncan Lead – Senior Business Development Manager, Pod Point

Duncan Lead manages the Multi-Tenancy Dwelling (MTD) team at Pod Point. He has worked in the industry for four years, with initial experience in the domestic sector before transitioning over to the retrofit route to market. Due to the increased demand in the MTD sector, Duncan was brought in to create the team and develop best practice for the installation of EV charge points, and associated infrastructure, across residential sites. He has a plethora of knowledge in this sector and is well-versed in the challenges that Factors typically deal with when it comes to implementing solutions for EV charging within a variety of developments.

Gordon McGregor – Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust

Gordon McGregor is a programme manager at Energy Saving Trust, an independent organisation working to combat the climate emergency by enabling business, organisations, and consumers to make greener, better choices. He has over 10 years of transport industry experience through working with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the private sector. He currently manages the low carbon transport loan and the electric vehicle infrastructure grant fund for Energy Saving Trust, on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Session Eight – How to Deal with Negative Feedback

Andrew Pain – Mental Health and TEDx Speaker

Andrew is a Mental Health and TEDx speaker, talking about men’s mental health, burnout, imposter syndrome, decision making and domestic abuse (as a lived-experience survivor). He was once a master-procrastinator, chronic worrier and victim of an abusive marriage (who also hated his job). He was a people-pleaser, he avoided conflict at all costs and his main goal in life was simply for everyone else to be happy: not exactly the kind of CV you might expect to see for a professional speaker! But following the breakdown of his marriage and loss of his business in 2009, he rebuilt his life and is now thriving as a dynamic, down-to-earth and entertaining speaker, on a mission to prevent burnout, to create decisive and resilient communities of people and promote gender unity. Andrew is now an accredited leadership coach with the International Coaching Federation, a professional speaker and member of the Professional Speaking Association, a TEDx speaker and alongside his professional work, is now involved in groups and charities where he advocates for men’s mental health and domestic violence victims.