Our Team

Our Team

How are we Different?

SouthSide is a team of hardworking, driven and fully committed individuals. We respond quickly and work with our landlords and tenants. We are proud to be one of the leading agents in Edinburgh.

Our Team

John Davidson, MARLA

Director

Email: jd@southsidemanagement.com

SouthSide was set up after John was unhappy at how other agents overcharged in various aspects from tenant fees to “hidden costs” for letting so he started to manage his own buy-to-let properties whilst working for Lidl. At Lidl he was responsible for finding, negotiating, acquiring, obtaining planning consent, building warrant and licencing which resulted in building 14 open supermarkets in Scotland & England. John developed his work ethic from an early age working on his family’s beef & sheep hill farm near Moffat before studying Business & Accounting at Edinburgh Uni. He funded himself through Uni from his teenage business selling free range eggs and running his own business in America between terms at university, going door to door, selling educational books and software to families. This enabled him to buy his first two HMO properties in Edinburgh back in 2004 and has steadily built his own portfolio since. His passion and knowledge for commercial and particularly residential property is unrivalled and has helped clients maximise their investments. He thinks like a landlord and has very strong basic principles and ethics regarding property for both landlords & tenants which are at the forefront of SouthSide and his colleagues. John works hard but ensures he has enough time for his wife and his sons James and Harris. In addition to work and family commitments John also spends time coaching football at a local Primary School, volunteering as a Scout leader and helping young people in business as a Trustee on the Board of Directors at Canongate Youth, a charity providing support, recreation and training opportunities for 5-25 year olds.

Natasha Lang, MARLA, Cert CIH

Managing Director

Email: nl@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8010

When did you join SPM?
March 2011

What are the main aspects of your role?
Property & Portfolio Management, People Management, HR.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Working and speaking with a lot of different people and building relationships.

Most interesting previous work?
During my time at college (many years ago!) I had a part time job in a creche where sometimes I would host kids birthday parties in a bear costume.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Cooking and baking, having friends round for dinner and testing new meal ideas, seeing new places and going to the beach with the dog.

Describe your dream home.
A lot of windows/patio doors to allow a lot of sunlight and to open up and allow the garden to become part of the house.  A large country style kitchen that can fit a large table, at least 2 bathrooms and a wood burner.

Dewald Nel

Property Manager

Email: dn@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8007

Dewald joined Southside with a wealth of knowledge in managing property in Edinburgh. Before starting a career within the property industry, Dewald was a professional cricketer playing for Scotland, Kent and Worcester, for 13 years. He also set up a small coaching company which delivered coaching sessions throughout Scotland. Outside of work Dewald has a very busy household, with 3 kids under 5. When he has some spare time, Dewald enjoys playing golf, keeping fit and spending time with his family.

Leah Birch, MARLA

Operations Director

Email: lb@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8014

When did you join SPM?
January 2013

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing a portfolio of properties on behalf of our landlords, Operations Management and New Business.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Building relationships and being able to see all the different property interiors/styles, throughout Edinburgh.

Most interesting previous work?
Working at a special needs camp in America.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Travelling – especially city breaks, trying new foods and restaurants, making/experimenting with homemade cocktails then drinking them!

Describe your dream home.
Massive! Spacious, state of the art kitchen, great garden for having friends over for BBQs, within walking distance to the beach.

Andrew Anderson, MARLA

Senior Property Manager

Email: aa@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8015

When did you join SPM?
October 2017

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing safety certificates, Completion & Maintenance, Managing and Liaising with Tenants and Landlords.

What is your favourite part of your role?
HMO Management

Most interesting previous work?
Gas Analyst

What are your hobbies and interests?
Skiing, Football and Cycling

Describe your dream home.
Traditional build in Angus looking up to the glens with large glass front

Allan Wells-Jansz, MARLA

Property Manager

Email: awj@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8016

Allan joined SouthSide in December 2016 having worked for 2 years previously for a small local letting agency in West Lothian. Allan is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of the property industry further. Prior to working in the letting industry Allan worked in the Energy Industry as Green Deal Advisor for three years. Outside of Southside Allan loves spending time with his family along with playing and watching football on a Sunday.

Emma Winning, MARLA

Property Manager

Email: ew@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8008

When did you join SPM?
July  2017

What are the main aspects of your role?
Liaising with landlords and tenants, management of HMO properties and management of commercial properties.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Brining on new properties and getting them ready.

Most interesting previous work?
I was an Edinburgh Tour Guide for over 2 years.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Hill running, yoga and biking.

Describe your dream home.
My dream home would be a country cottage.

Chloe Thomson, MARLA

Property Manager

Email: ct@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8006

When did you join SPM?
May 2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Booking safety checks, liaising and general property management with landlords and tenants, managing and booking the routine property visits, arranging and managing maintenance.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Managing my own property portfolio and work involving Routine Property Visits.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Holidays with family, playing the saxophone, learning hands-on joinery/refurbishment work.

Angela McIntyre, MARLA

Property Manager

Email: am@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8009

When did you join SPM?
August 2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Liaising with landlords and tenants, managing safety and legislation compliance and maintenance, overseeing the letting and re-letting of properties.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Interaction with so many different people –  including landlords, tenants, contractors and colleagues.  I enjoy dealing with people from all walks of life.
Problem solving – each day comes with new challenges which keeps me alert.
Learning – this is not a stagnant profession and there are always changes, whether it be in the law or general practices.  I like to absorb new information and ensure I am well informed so I can do my job with proficiency.

Most interesting previous work?
From the ages of 18-22 I was a Senior Stewardess on Intercity Cross Country Trains working in the buffet car, first class and voyager coach on long train journeys, mostly from Edinburgh to Penzance.  I loved travelling up and down the country and meeting so many different people and hearing their stories. 

What are your hobbies and interests?
Going for walks in nature, we are lucky to have lots of places nearby such as the Pentland Hills and the reservoirs.  I love going to new places and seeing somewhere for the first time and exploring, it does not even have to be far away.
I also enjoy cycling, it’s great fun and it gets the heart rate up so a great way to try and stay fit.

Describe your dream home.
Plenty of space and daylight, huge windows and best of all a largish garden which is mature, green and has old trees and attracts wildlife.

Emma Ewen, MARLA

Legal and Investment Manager

Email: ee@southsidemanagement.com

Emma’s background is as a paralegal and office manager for a solicitor’s office and she joined SouthSide to look after the legal aspects. Emma is responsible for advising clients with acquisitions of property and keeping John right! Emma is proficient in the ins and outs of letting, particularly on the legal aspect.

Cat Dalrymple

Marketing and Festival Manager

Email: cd@southsidemanagement.com

Cat joined SouthSide in December 2013. Cat’s background include sales, recruitment, events and marketing and she is transferring these skills into a marketing role here at SouthSide as well as managing our festival lets and keeping John organised. We are always looking to improve the way we do business and Cat works closely with our landlords, tenants and the SouthSide team to ensure that we are continually improving our service and ourselves. Cat loves to travel and lived in the US, Slovenia and a number of cities in the UK before choosing to settle in Edinburgh having bought her first property in June 2012. Cat currently works part-time as a balance between work and her young family.

Peter Clements

Property Services Manager

Email: pc@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
January 2014

What are the main aspects of your role?
Propose, manage and complete property refurbishments.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The satisfaction of seeing something built that started as a proposed sketch come together to everyone’s satisfaction.

Most interesting previous work?
Voluntary work with youth groups and homeless charities.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Bikepacking, hill climbing and DIY.

Describe your dream home.
One with a good quality shed at the bottom of the garden with fast internet included.

Emma Onwe

Property Services Administrator

Email: ee@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
2019

What are the main aspects of your role?
Maintenance, Refurbishments, Admin.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Seeing the difference and improvements in properties after the renovations.

Most interesting previous work?I played various roles as an extra in a Netflix movie, it was so much fun!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Photography, web design and activities with kids.

Describe your dream home.
A log cabin in the woods with a proper fireplace and decent internet.

Eilidh Campbell, MARLA

Contracts and Processes Co-ordinator

Email: ec@southsidemanagement.com

Eilidh recently graduated with a Law degree from Edinburgh University and has joined the SouthSide team to keep us compliant and on top of our processes and procedures as well as looking after the office contracts. Eilidh previously worked for the inventory company before moving over to Southside for different experience. In her spare time Eilidh enjoys getting away as much as she can and spending time with family and friends.

Danny Briggs, MARLA

Head of Lettings

Email: db@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
April 2010

What are the main aspects of your role?
Marketing of new properties, daily running of the viewings and booking system and managing our Let Only Service.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Creating an advert of a an amazing property and trying to do it justice!

Most interesting previous work?
SouthSide is my first job!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Spending time with my son, Caiden. Socialising with my friends and going for weekend trips away to explore.

Describe your dream home.
Somewhere big but not too big that you’d get lost – plenty of space to relax and a games room for some pool or arcades.

Tom Wynn

Administrator

Email: tw@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
February 2012

What are the main aspects of your role?
Answering the telephone, responding to email correspondence and landlord letters.

What is your favourite part of your role?
When a new landlord comes over to us after receiving one of our letters.

Most interesting previous work?
I worked on a project for a year moving work streams from two of our offices in England to our Edinburgh office.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Holidays, socialising and watching old 80s and 90s sitcoms and detective programmes.

Describe your dream home.
A small bungalow abroad with a sunny terrace, small swimming pool and bar.

Clair Simpson

Training, Enquiry and Feedback Manager

Email: cs@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
2012

What are the main aspects of your role?
Landlord feedback, tenant feedback and uploading property advertisements to the market.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Speaking with landlords and tenants.

Most interesting previous work?
My current job… feedback calls getting to speak with and understand different people’s needs and requirements (some people I’ve spoken with have had amazing experiences living and working abroad which I love hearing about!).

What are your hobbies and interests?
Swimming, shopping and watching reality TV.

Describe your dream home.
Detached, near a beach with a large garden.

Lewis Collie

Applications Co-ordinator

Email: lco@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8024

When did you join SPM?
November 2015

What are the main aspects of your role?
Processing applications, creating tenancy agreements and head of applications.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Hearing someone over the moon when they’re accepted for a property.

Most interesting previous work?
SouthSide is my first job.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Football, the gym, running and going out with friends.

Describe your dream home.
A villa in Musselburgh.

Amy Dickson

Applications Co-ordinator

Email: ad@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8017

When did you join SPM?
2016.

What are the main aspects of your role?
Processing applications, liaising with applicants and helping them find the right home and the landlords find the rent tenants.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Accepting applicants for new properties.

Most interesting previous work?
A nightclub on the West End. Great tips!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Going out and socialising with friends, AKA pubs! Live music & spending time with family.

Describe your dream home.
A large, modern flat down by the Shore with views of the sea.

Chelsey Milligan

Property Accounts Controller

Email: cm@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
February 2019

What are the main aspects of your role?
Processing Rent, Processing Invoices and Company Accounts.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Getting everyone paid on time.

Most interesting previous work?
Bar work abroad.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Reading, shopping and socialising.

Describe your dream home.
Open, bright and spacious.

Cameron Stringer-Millin

Utilities Co-ordinator

Email: csm@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
April 2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Notifying council tax and utility companies of tenancy changes.  Ensuring any bills for vacant periods within a property are paid correctly so our landlords only pay what they are responsible for.  Management of the weekly viewings schedule.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Being able to mark that any outstanding bills for a property vacant period are completed and there is no balance left to pay.

Most interesting previous work?
Prior to starting a career in the property industry I worked for several years in events and hospitality and in my heyday as a cocktail bartender I was able to make over one hundred cocktails by memory alone.

What are your hobbies and interests?
running, travelling and history.

Describe your dream home.
A three bedroom detached villa in a warm country overlooking the beach.

Mhairi Gilmour

Applications Co-ordinator

Email: mg@southsidemanagement.com

Phone: 0131 510 8020

When did you join SPM?
June 2019

What are the main aspects of your role?
Being the main point of contact for an applicant throughout the process. Ensuring all pre-tenancy checks are done for the landlord. Liaising between the Property Manager, tenants/applicants and the landlord, working to keep all sides happy.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Giving applicants the good news that they have been accepted for the property.

Most interesting previous work?
Teaching assistant or working at the bookies.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Games and pub quizzes, seeing friends and family and dogs.

Describe your dream home.
Somewhere cosy and homely but with lots of light and spaces for socialising, and by the sea.

Callum Dawson

Marketing Assistant

Email: cda@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
January 2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Property marketing, dealing with enquiries, front of house assisting customers visiting our office and being the first point of contact for incoming calls.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Advertising properties.

Most interesting previous work?
Before starting my apprenticeship at Southside I worked at Scotmid.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Watching football (Liverpool FC and Aberdeen FC), music festivals, socialising with friends and going to the gym.

Describe your dream home.
A villa in Ibiza with a Toby Carvery in the downstairs kitchen.

John Sime

Property Visits and Viewings

Email: info@southsidemanagement.comm

Prior to joining Southside, John worked in an admin/health and safety role for a local steel fabrication company. Prior to that John enjoyed a long (36 year) career with BT in a senior management role before taking early retirement in 2016. Away from Southside, John is an occasional taxi driver and away from work, John is a football coach at Bonnyrigg Rose (since 2007) and spends as much time as possible at Gullane Golf Club either playing or caddying.

Michela Marah

Operations Assistant

Email: mm@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
March 2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Key management, helping Property Managers with tasks and notifying tenants of visits.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I like helping Property Managers and learning new aspects of their job.

Most interesting previous work?
I used to work in a clothes shop

What are your hobbies and interests?
Drawing, learning piano and handing out with friends and family.

Describe your dream home.
A big modern house with a pool, in LA

Rebekah Lansley

Head of Reception and Keys

Email: rl@southsidemanagement.com

Rebekah joined SouthSide in June 2019 as part of an apprenticeship scheme and is enjoying gaining knowledge in the property industry. Before joining SouthSide, Rebekah studied both Acting and Musical Theatre. When Rebekah is not at work, she can be found performing in some of Edinburgh’s biggest theatres.

Dominik Sapinski

Lettings and Accounts Assistant

Email: ds@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
May 2019

What are the main aspects of your role?
Assisting with reception, helping the accounts department with contractor invoices and dealing with the applications email correspondence.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The wide variety of tasks and responsibilities.

Most interesting previous work?
Assistant at (once upon a time) the best seafood restaurant in Scotland – Sea Food Temple.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Fitness, Reading and Zoology.

Describe your dream home.
A simple ‘hobbit house’ (roof has vegetation growing out of it) – nowhere near any other houses.

Margaret O’Malley

Senior Group Accounts Controller

Email: mo@southsidemanagement.com

Margaret joined SouthSide on a part time basis in accounts helping with the project invoices, ensuring they are correct and making sure our contractors are paid on time. At the start of each month Margaret is at her busiest period transferring all of our landlord rents and keeping track of the company expenses.

Pauline Kennedy

Property Accounts Controller

Email: pk@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
September 2013

What are the main aspects of your role?
Reconciling rent payments, producing landlord statements and chasing arrears.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Finding the middle ground that suits everyone!

Most interesting previous work?
Bar owner – 80 hour weeks!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Family, G&Ts and holidays.

Describe your dream home.
On a small private island, sipping G&Ts and wondering if the water is warm enough to take a dip!

Victoria Little

Property Accounts Controller

Email: vl@southsidemanagement.com

When did you join SPM?
October 2015

What are the main aspects of your role?
Processing rents and statements, checking and chasing arrears and processing invoices.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The sheer variety the role provides.  There’s always something interesting and different each day.

Most interesting previous work?
Stock controller – lots of maths and creative thinking involved.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Reading, long country walks with my family and margarita movie nights.

Describe your dream home.
Cosy brick home with a large garden and a real fireplace.

Derek Dougan

Head of Property Visits

Email: info@southsidemanagement.comm

When did you join SPM?
November 2013.

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing and creating our online forms system. As Head of Property Visits I organise property visits & keeping a record of all visits that happen. I arrange and carry out all physical viewings with accepted tenants.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Meeting and helping people, and the mixture of roles I have.

Most interesting previous work?
Trainee sky dive instructor in Tokyo.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Football, supporting my team – Rangers. Eating out, going on holidays and making memories.

Describe your dream home.
A large house with a swimming pool and tennis court, also with an underground train link back to my home town.

Feliciano Sole

Property Visits and Viewings

Email: info@southsidemanagement.com

Feliciano arrived in Edinburgh from Italy in 2013, after 4 years in the hospitality industry he joined Southside in April 2017. Feliciano studied Business Economics in Italy is currently studying Business Management here in Edinburgh. In his spare time he enjoys going mountain climbing and watching live music with his partner Marta.