The Coulters team

Our approachable team have an unrivalled track record in delivering results across all kinds of Edinburgh property, including country estates and agricultural holding. They’re all experienced experts in their own fields. So much so that our partners have been involved in the development of best practice in the Scottish property market for many years.

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Ken Ireland
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Ken Ireland

CEO Executive
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Ken Ireland

Ken Ireland

CEO Executive

Having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in Edinburgh and worked on projects in Glasgow, London and Hong Kong, Ken is now focused on driving Coulters forward as a market leader. Outside the office, Ken is a touch-line dad and will be found watching his two sons playing rugby.

Margaret McPherson
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Margaret McPherson

Non-Executive Chairman Non-Executive
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Margaret McPherson

Margaret McPherson

Non-Executive Chairman Non-Executive

Mags is a business leader and strategist with experience gained in management positions at an international level. This experience is now put to good use in various non-executive director roles and by helping businesses from start-up through to growth stage. Mags loves to spend time at home in the Scottish Borders with friends and family.

Ben Di Rollo
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Ben Di Rollo

Director Executive, Estate Agency
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Ben Di Rollo

Ben Di Rollo

Director Executive, Estate Agency

Ben has worked in the property industry for almost 15 years, from developments right through to sales. Ben is focused on leading the brand and business development, ensuring Coulters is at the forefront of technology and customer service. Ben is an outdoors enthusiast, enjoying hiking, golf, kayaking and ski-ing when he is not at work or spending time with his family.

Angus Niven
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Angus Niven

Solicitor Legal
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Angus Niven

Angus Niven

Solicitor Legal

Angus enjoys the fast moving pace of transactions in the residential property sector. He is keen to lead the team in implementing new digital solutions for conveyancing to keep the company at the forefront of the industry. Angus enjoys watching rugby and reading.

Alastair Shepherd
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Alastair Shepherd

Partner Legal
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Alastair Shepherd

Alastair Shepherd

Partner Legal

Alastair has over 30 years experience as a qualified solicitor and has held a number of senior positions within the Scottish legal sector. Specialising in rural property work, Alastair is also a Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet and a Notary Public. Alastair is an author who has written books on war memorials and he enjoys spending time with his family and dog.

Lynne Scott
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Lynne Scott

Finance Manager Finance
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Lynne Scott

Lynne Scott

Finance Manager Finance

Lynne is an experienced finance manager and has worked with numerous leading legal firms in senior positions over the past 20 years. Lynne is playing a leading role in upgrading new practice management and payroll systems at Coulters. Outside of the office, Lynne is a treasurer and volunteer at the Edinburgh Arts Collective charity and finds her weekly yoga a must.

Ross MacKay
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Ross MacKay

Partner Executive, Legal
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Ross MacKay

Ross MacKay

Partner Executive, Legal

Ross is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading property solicitors and is the principal author of the Scottish Standard Clauses, now used nationally in the formation of contracts for the sale and purchase of residential property. Ross is a regular speaker at law seminars and has also chaired various Law Society of Scotland groups dealing with property law issues. With his free time, Ross enjoys long coastal walks with the family dog, a good book and the cinema.

Sylvia Irvine
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Sylvia Irvine

Legal Administrator Legal
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Sylvia Irvine

Sylvia Irvine

Legal Administrator Legal

Sylvia has a wide range of experience in residential as well as commercial property, litigation and private client. Sylvia prides herself on providing vital secretarial and administrative assistance to the conveyancing partners and enjoys countryside walks with her beloved Labrador at the weekends.

Louise Williams
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Louise Williams

Partner Legal
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Louise Williams

Louise Williams

Partner Legal

Louise has built up a loyal client following throughout her legal career and gained a first class reputation as an expert in residential property with extensive knowledge of the Edinburgh market. Louise aims to leave a lasting impression with clients and prides herself on her client care. Listening to Radio 4 is Louise’s guilty pleasure and sea food is a personal favourite, both cooking and eating.

Tara Willis
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Tara Willis

Associate - Operations Operations
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Tara Willis

Tara Willis

Associate - Operations Operations

Tara has been involved in the residential property sector for over 20 years. She understands the importance of company values and service levels to ensure the smooth running of the offices. When time allows, Tara likes to cook and combines this with a love of socialising with friends and family.

Amanda Kerley
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Amanda Kerley

Client Experience Manager Estate Agency
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Amanda Kerley

Amanda Kerley

Client Experience Manager Estate Agency

Motivated by great client feedback, Amanda is responsible for Coulters customer-centric focus. Previously the head of personal shopping at a leading fashion brand, Amanda is passionate about the power of client experience and market leading service. Amanda finds time to practice yoga and mindfulness, a perfect antidote to her busy lifestyle with three children.

Nicola Simpson
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Nicola Simpson

Associate Director - Purchases Estate Agency
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Nicola Simpson

Nicola Simpson

Associate Director - Purchases Estate Agency

Nicola’s experience has been developed over years spent working within the Edinburgh property market. With an in-depth knowledge of the sector, coupled with enthusiasm and a personal approach, Nicola prides herself on her ability to understand the clients’ needs to help them achieve the best possible outcome in sales and purchases. Keeping fit is Nicola’s passion and she achieved her first Ironman last year.

Tom Edwards
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Tom Edwards

Associate Estate Agency
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Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards

Associate Estate Agency

Tom left London and a successful career in financial technology in 2016 to return to Edinburgh and focus on a passion for property. Building lasting relationships with clients and exceeding their expectations is a highlight of the job for Tom, who enjoys walks around Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside with his family and dog.

Victoria Mackie
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Victoria Mackie

Sales Manager Estate Agency
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Victoria Mackie

Victoria Mackie

Sales Manager Estate Agency

After completing a business degree in Aberdeen, Victoria joined Coulters where she manages the sales team. Victoria enjoys building relationships with clients and working across the business to learn and develop her skills. Weekly yoga is a must after a busy day at work and Victoria also enjoys the outdoors and hill walking.

Danielle Valaitis
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Danielle Valaitis

Client Administrator Estate Agency
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Danielle Valaitis

Danielle Valaitis

Client Administrator Estate Agency

Danielle joined Coulters in early 2018 after working in the non-profit sector for a number of years and obtaining her degree at Queen Margaret University. Danielle is highly organised and efficient and enjoys being the first point of contact at Coulters. Danielle enjoys spending the majority of her free time with her family as well as partaking in annual charity fundraising efforts.

Emma Robertson
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Emma Robertson

Paralegal Legal
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Emma Robertson

Emma Robertson

Paralegal Legal

Emma joined Coulters as part of the merger with Morton Fraser’s residential property team. Emma has a broad range of knowledge and experience covering sales, purchases and transfers of titles. Providing expert support to the legal Partners, Emma also loves to carry out research. Outside of the office, dancing is Emma’s main passion and she teaches Highland to youngsters.

Jayne Rowney
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Jayne Rowney

Paralegal Legal
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Jayne Rowney

Jayne Rowney

Paralegal Legal

Jayne joined Coulters in 2015 and has enjoyed a legal career of over 30 years, supporting partners and running her own cases across all aspects of conveyancing. Jayne enjoys delivering a high standard of service and building relationships with clients. At the weekend, Jayne loves seeking out bargains at antique fairs and markets.

Rhona Wilson
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Rhona Wilson

Legal Administrator Legal
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Rhona Wilson

Rhona Wilson

Legal Administrator Legal

Rhona joined Coulters as a Legal Administrator in 2016, bringing 20 years of experience in the property and legal sector to the business. Rhona is a highly organised and reliable member of the team, supporting the legal Partners in delivering industry leading service. With two younger sons to keep family life busy, Rhona particularly enjoys swimming and walking with the whole family.

Shaughan Baynard
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Shaughan Baynard

Client Advisor Estate Agency
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Shaughan Baynard

Shaughan Baynard

Client Advisor Estate Agency

Shaughan has a great understanding of clients needs, having gained experience previously in the property sales and lettings sectors. Driven by achieving great results and delivering excellent service to clients, Shaughan is also a fitness trainer and has gained qualifications in personal training.

Kat MacDonald
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Kat MacDonald

Senior Solicitor Legal
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Kat MacDonald

Kat MacDonald

Senior Solicitor Legal

Kat specialises in all aspects of residential property and has gained experience of high value and complex transactions working for a mixture of corporate and residential clients throughout her career. Kat prides herself on building positive client relationships and meeting the individual needs of each client. Kat enjoys spending time with her young daughter and visiting art galleries in her spare time.

Denise McKenzie
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Denise McKenzie

Head of Sales and Purchases Estate Agency
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Denise McKenzie

Denise McKenzie

Head of Sales and Purchases Estate Agency

Denise brings a wealth of experience previously working for both family run Solicitors and Estate Agents to corporate industry leaders. Denise is motivated by delivering excellent service and achieving a great result for the client, be it the best sale price or securing a home for a lower cost than expected. Denise enjoys the outdoors and especially running. She owns a working cocker spaniel, a registered Therapet who visits local hospitals.

Elaine Anderson
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Elaine Anderson

Senior Paralegal Legal
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Elaine Anderson

Elaine Anderson

Senior Paralegal Legal

Elaine joined Coulters in 2018 and brings over 20 years experience to the team. Calm, collected and extremely dedicated, Elaine’s skills compliment Coulters, enabling her to build lasting relationships. Exploring Edinburgh on foot is a passion of Elaine’s, who is also an avid bookworm and enjoys spending time with friends over good food and wine.

Ailsa McCreath
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Ailsa McCreath

Legal Administrator Legal
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Ailsa McCreath

Ailsa McCreath

Legal Administrator Legal

Ailsa has worked in various legal firms in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders as well as in-house with Marie Curie. Her can-do attitude and work ethic make her an asset to the team. Alisa also takes part in various fundraising activities for the Debra Ann School of Dancing where her youngest daughter dances.

Catherine Staig
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Catherine Staig

Paralegal Legal
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Catherine Staig

Catherine Staig

Paralegal Legal

Catherine loves to deal with clients and build relationships. Her excellent communication skills and calm approach to problem solving make her a real asset to the team. Catherine brings over 20 years experience in residential property transactions and enjoys spending time with her family and beloved granddaughter, often heading to Biggar at the weekends to relax.

Sophie Duns
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Sophie Duns

Associate Director - Sales Estate Agency
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Sophie Duns

Sophie Duns

Associate Director - Sales Estate Agency

A North Berwick native, Sophie has been instrumental in setting up Coulters’ East Lothian office. Sophie has a passion for working with people and prides herself in offering customer service to the highest standard whether carrying out appraisals or advising clients on the best marketing strategy to achieve optimum results. Sophie keeps active with circuit training, running and walks with her dog Nala.

Joanne Cruickshank
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Joanne Cruickshank

Director - Legal Legal
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Joanne Cruickshank

Joanne Cruickshank

Director - Legal Legal

Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and has held a number of senior positions in leading property firms. With a particular interest in strategy, management and staff empowerment, Joanne hopes to help maintain the high standards at Coulters. Joanne enjoys spending time with family, beloved grandchildren and two golden retrievers.

Sam Bonnar
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Sam Bonnar

Finance Assistant Finance
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Sam Bonnar

Sam Bonnar

Finance Assistant Finance

Sam has an exceptional background with high profile law firms and brings over 20 years experience as a skilled legal cashier to Coulters. Sam works across all areas of finance to ensure the needs of clients, partners and staff are met. Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and holidays.