21 Sep 2021 Edinburgh International Conference Centre 9.00 – 16.00 National Conference

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Lindsey Archibald

With ten years working in digital marketing, former TV Presenter and Journalist Lindsey Archibald created one of the largest social media content hubs for property professionals in the world. Each piece of content is tested within her own estate agency business to make sure it generates leads.

Lindsey now helps more than 150 agents worldwide to leverage their social media content, allowing them to build stand-out brands, positioning them as local experts, and ultimately generating leads that turn into clients.

John Boyle

Rettie & Co

John is a property economist and chartered surveyor. Over the last 18 years he has built up a wealth of experience from involvement at all stages of property projects, including major masterplans of new towns and suburbs. He sits on Homes for Scotland’s Policy Advisory Group and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 

Amanda Callaghan

Scottish Government

Amanda is currently Head of Private Housing Services Unit with over 20 years of experience in developing policy.

Rory Cowan

BKF & Co

Rory Cowan is a commercial and property litigator with over 18 years of experience. He regularly appears in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland handling a wide range of commercial and property disputes. Rory represents clients in high value commercial disputes including commercial contract disputes, corporate and partnership cases, professional negligence, insolvency, interdicts, boundary disputes and encroachment cases.

Alex Hegenbarth

Deputy Director for Policy and External Affairs, The Property Ombudsman

Alex has a background in political campaigning and local government. He has extensive experience working with a wide range of stakeholders from across the political spectrum to develop new ways of thinking to reach key goals and objectives.

Colin Maclachlan

Star of Channel Four's captivating reality TV drama SAS: Who Dares Wins and Channel 5’s Secrets of the SAS, Colin is an operator with over 25 years of security and risk related experience. He joined the army in 1989 and after nine years in the Royal Scots passed selection first time aged 23 into 22 SAS. Colin was fortunate enough to have been involved in some of the more high profile and daring missions of recent times. Only a handful of men have been involved in hostage negotiations, hostage rescue and been a hostage themselves and Colin is one of them.

Colin waded through stinking swamps in Sierra Leone in West Africa to hunt down the West Side Boys, a guerilla gang holding five British soldiers hostage. It was a mission so daring and dangerous they nicknamed it Operation Certain Death. The SAS recce teams secured the hostages' building and neutralised any West Side Boys prior to the main assault arriving and secured the prison building before the rest of the unit arrived wiping out the terrorists in 2000. He was also the first sniper on the scene when a hijacked Afghan flight with 180 passengers landed in London in the same year, sparking a stand-off that lasted four days and was the longest standing hostage siege on UK soil to date.

Four years later he found himself on the other side of a rescue mission after he was taken hostage in the Iraqi city of Basra. Blindfolded, battered and stripped naked, he felt a gun pressed to his head and heard them pull the trigger in what was a mock execution. Father-of-two Colin only survived long enough for British troops to rescue him because the terrorists who held him wanted to film his suffering in a propaganda video before they executed him.

Colin left the SAS shortly after doing an exchange programme with both Delta Force and Seal Team 6 and after doing security consultancy for the Saudi Royal Family, A-list celebrities and US media networks decided to fund himself through university where he attained a First Class MA (Hons.) in History from Edinburgh University and an M.Litt in Terrorism from St. Andrews University. He is now involved in TV, Book, Radio and Video Games and also does a lot with charity being involved as Ambassador for the Lee Rigby Foundation, Pilgrim Bandits and NSPCC. He has also founded his own charity Who Dares Cares which aims to link and support veterans as well as others that encounter stress.

Having had both an exciting and varied career, Colin is an excellent speaker on a wide variety of topics including resilience, teamwork, leadership, risk, motivation, conflict resolution, change management, negotiation and performance.

Charlotte McHaffie

Scottish Government

Charlotte joined the Scottish Government in 2002 and has been working on housing policy since 2008. She is currently leading the Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities Team within the Private Housing Services Unit.

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