Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers – 2019

You can expect to hear from the following guest speakers at our 2019 Conference.

Register here for your place at the event.


Annie Flint

Housing Research and Policy Consultant

Annie Flint is a housing research and policy consultant, an expert in tenement issues and co-author of many publications for owners including “The Tenement Handbook”,and “Common Repair, Common Sense”.She was a member of Glasgow’s Factoring Commission and regularly lectures on tenement legislation and the difficulties owners experience in carrying out repairs. Most recently, she was a major mover behind “Under One Roof Scotland” an online resource for flat owners in Scotland.


Andrew Bulmer, BSc FRICS FIRPM

Chartered Surveyor and CEO, Institute of Residential Property Management

Andrew is a Fellow of both the Institute of Residential Property Management and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Andrew is also part of the Scottish working party looking at accreditation for the sector and he will be sharing more about the launch of the new Scottish syllabus and how you can get involved.


Aileen Devanny

Chamber President of the Housing and Property Chamber


Mrs Aileen Devanny is Chamber President of the Housing and Property Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland which was established on 1 December 2016. Before the creation of the Chamber, she was President of the Private Rented Housing Panel (prhp) since 2010 and first President of the Homeowner Housing Panel (hohp) since 2012. She has been a solicitor for over 30 years and has worked in private practice and local authority, as well as being a former university law lecturer and external adviser on law courses for the Open University Validation Panel.  As well as being Chamber President, she is also a legal chairperson of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and legal chairperson of Scottish Charity Appeal Panel. She is a former member and chair of conduct sub-committees of the Scottish Social Services Council


John Barclay

Scotland Rugby 

John Barclay

John Barclay was born in Hong Kong in the Matilda Hospital on 24th September 1986.

After completing his education at Dollar Academy, John signed to play rugby professionally with Glasgow Warriors at the age of 17 and made his debut for the Scottish team in 2007.

He has gone on to represent Scotland on 71 occasions and captained the team to a famous Calcutta Cup victory over England in 2018.

At club level he has played for Glasgow Warriors and the Scarlets, with whom he captained to the Guinness Pro12 Championship, and he is now with Edinburgh.

John has been selected for the Scotland squad that are training in preparation for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year and is expected to be a key member of the senior leadership group aiming to play in his third Rugby World Cup.

John will offer an insight into the highs and lows of life as a professional athlete and the lessons he has learnt along the way.


Emily Stone

Assistant Project Manager, Energy Savings Trust

Emily Stone is an assistant programme manager at Energy Saving Trust. Working on the ChargePlace Scotland programme, Emily provides advice and direction to customers looking to complete charge point installation projects and manages a grant funding programme for public, domestic and private workplace charge points.

Previously, Emily has delivered a series of sustainable transport advice events to businesses and the public, including electric vehicle (EV) Roadshows, EV workshops for car dealerships, and Energy Saving Trust’s flagship Switched on Scotland forum, delivering ULEV sector information to Scottish businesses.


Stewart Hamilton

Director, Allied Surveyors Scotland

Stewart Hamilton is a professional, experienced and motivated building surveyor. Based in Glasgow and covering Scotland, with 25 years’ experience providing sound professional advice in a variety of sectors from commercial to residential, ecclesiastical to industrial, covering the full range of property types from industrial warehouses to listed buildings.

Other areas of expertise include insurance reinstatement valuations, bank monitoring, expert witness reports, building defects diagnosis, building survey reports, and contract documents. Having worked with and for various different organisations, he has built up a good working knowledge across a broad spectrum of construction related issues.


Rachel Irvine

Solicitor, BTO

Rachel is an up and coming solicitor in BTO’s Commercial Litigation team and is experienced in working with BTO’s property manager clients in a range of areas. She is currently advising clients on the increasing difficulties experienced with the growing Airbnb market and holiday lets in flatted developments which is creating, issues with commercial and residential waste, neighbour nuisances and property disputes.

Rachel’s advocacy experience involves regular appearances at Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland in actions of varying complexity and value. Rachel conducts evidential hearings, legal debates in court and is now developing an expertise in the evolving First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber, with first-hand experience of the Tribunal process and the many challenges which private landlords and property managers are now facing.


Lauren Currie OBE

Managing Director, NOBL

Glasgow-born, Lauren Currie was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity and design. She has also previously been recognised as one of the 30 women under 30 changing the world and featured in Management Today’s top UK business women under 35 (in 2017)

She is the London-based Managing Director of NOBL, who help leaders make change. They train organisations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviours, creating new market opportunities and cultural conditions.

Founded in 2014, NOBL is now a global change agency helping ambitious and compassionate leaders make needed internal changes in response to a faster, flatter, and more dynamic external environment.

Lauren is obsessed with helping organisations make the world a better place by making themselves a better place.


Register today for our 2019 Conference.