Q&A with Ross Wilson, Head of East Agency

Following his appointment as a Director and Head of East Agency, Ross Wilson spared a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer a few rather interesting questions about himself and his new position within DM Hall.

What attracted you to your new post?

The strength of the firm as one of Scotland’s leading chartered surveying firms whilst being presented with the opportunity of heading up a young & dynamic team and the opportunities/challenges which this presents. Logical step in my career.

What is the best book you have read and why?

Don’t read much, recent reads however include Apple Tree Yard and A Girl on The Train

What is the best holiday you have been on and why?

Honeymoon, Mauritius. Quality time together post wedding reflecting on life so far whilst simultaneously contemplating what the future would hold.

Have you had a hair-raising encounter you would like to spill the details about?

I have had too many hair-raising encounters being an enthusiast in motorsport and In my younger years not knowing when to bite my tongue!!

Tell us something not many people know about you…

Won the Scottish Karting ‘Rotax’ Championship (ASKC) in 2005 followed by The Scottish Glenvargill Caterham Academy Championship in 2006 in its inaugural year.

Apart from being in property (of course!), what did you want to be when you grew
up and why?

F1 Driver, worldwide travel, adrenaline and lifestyle. Fallback position if I wasn’t involved in property would be owning an exploration Company running your own bespoke world tours.

Who is / are your musical idols and why?

Chris Martin from Coldplay – great musician being a pianist, guitarist, song writer & vocalist. Phenomenal energy levels and never fails to perform.

If you could be MD of a company, which one would it be and why?

With the exception of being MD of my current employer DM Hall it would be trading as a sole practitioner building, developing and managing a diverse property portfolio.

What’s the best thing about working in property?

They say variety is the spice of life. Life as a surveyor is certainly diverse and varied. Working for a national multi-disciplined firm you are not sector specific. I have disposed of a variety of properties over my relatively short career ranging from a former bus drivers roadside toilet, to high street retail investments, to trading night clubs to large affluent housing sites 100+ units. The cut and thrust of deal making, meeting new people from different backgrounds and skill sets with varying objectives and attitudes to risk. Analytics – understanding the pro’s / cons, weighing up and valuing both upside and downside risks, processing and rationalising thoughts to reach a conclusion. Bringing parties together to transact and the Summer Golf / Social aspects and events.

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