Avison Young appoints regional MDs for Glasgow and Edinburgh
Real estate services firm Avison Young has appointed Paul Broad and Stewart Taylor as regional managing directors in Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, following the retirement of the former RMDs, alongside three new RMDs for Leeds, Bristol, and Manchester.
With 20 years’ experience in the Glasgow market, and across Scotland, Mr Broad joined as a director and became a principal in 2022, before his appointment to RMD. He has successfully delivered several of Glasgow’s Grade A office and industrial development and letting projects, and is a recognised public sector advisor in Scotland.
Currently, Mr Broad is working closely with Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, local councils and commercial partners to help bring forward Scotland’s new innovation districts for high value and advanced manufacturing, as the Scottish economy transitions to net zero and a highly skilled workforce. He also leads Avison Young’s Scottish transactional team and Scottish strategic consultancy offer, as well as advising occupiers on how to ‘right size’ their office portfolios post covid.
Mr Taylor, brings a breadth of experience to Avison Young, in his role as RMD of Edinburgh and principal, land and development. He has over 25 years’ experience leading the transactions business at one of Scotland’s commercial practices, and across both commercial and residential sectors where he has acted for stakeholders on all sides.
He was involved from inception to completion in Quartermile, recognised as one of the most successful mixed-use regeneration schemes in Scotland, including the delivery of 500,000 sq ft of offices.
Mr Broad said: “My vision is to grow Avison Young’s Strategic Consultancy offering; building upon the shared ethos of collaboration and support, and in turn encouraging staff to be more entrepreneurial, thereby allowing them to progress their careers and grow their skills base.
“Investing in future talent is also high on the agenda, as well as pushing forwards diversity and inclusion across the industry by growing the Schools Programme and increasing the intake of apprentices and graduate surveyors.”
Mr Taylor said: “I’m excited by the opportunity that exists for Avison Young in Scotland. Supporting and leading the growth of the Edinburgh office and the wider business and ensuring my colleagues feel valued, are my main priorities. This will be achieved partly through the focused realisation of the potential that exists within projects and from existing clients.
“It is important that we bring the strengths of the firm to the attention of a wider audience, specifically the collaborative approach that is part of the Avison Young DNA; and the consultancy expertise that sets the business apart from many of our competitors.”
Nick Walkley, UK president, Avison Young, said: “These new appointments further strengthen Avison Young’s regional offering and reflect the confidence we have in our UK cities.
“As a business, we are all working with a shared ambition as the ‘people for place’, committed to building relationships and strategies to make a meaningful impact in the regions in which we work. We are very excited about the future of our regional offices.”