About Us

About Us
SouthSide Property Management

Proud to be one of the leading agents in Edinburgh

SouthSide is a team of hardworking, driven and fully committed individuals. We respond quickly and work with our landlords and tenants.

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Our Team

Meet Our Team

Southside Property Management

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.

Meet Our Team

Departments

Department

Leah Birch, MARLA

Operations Director

Emma Ewen, MARLA, Cert CIH

Legal Manager

When did you join SPM?
January 2010

What are the main aspects of your role?
Legal requirements, Landlord acquisitions/investments and HR.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Keeping people legal and compliant!

Most interesting previous work?
Working with SouthSide has been more interesting than my previous jobs!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Travelling, days out with the kids and long walks with the dog.

Describe your dream home.
Country cottage

John Davidson, MARLA

Director

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.

Ione Paterson, Cert CIH

Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
Looking after the day to day management of a portfolio properties across Edinburgh. Welcoming new landlords onboard; whether they’re brand new to letting or have been doing it for years and have decided to handover management to Southside.

What is your favourite part of your role?
That no two days are the same!  Building long standing relationships with landlords and tenants whilst ensuring they have a smooth letting experience.

Most interesting previous work?
Working as a Cabana Hostess at a beach club on Catalina Island, CA, USA.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Travelling, going out for dinner, the gym and dog walks.

Describe your dream home.
Somewhere with a lot of land – the dream is to have a space to rescue horses, dogs, goats etc.

Lewis Collie

Property Manager

When did you join SPM?
November 2015

What are the main aspects of your role?
Helping landlords and tenants and managing compliance and maintenance to keep properties safe.

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

Most interesting previous work?
I’ve been at SouthSide for over 8 years in various roles and it is my most interesting work.

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

Describe your dream home.
A villa in Musselburgh

Katy Fitton, MARLA

Senior Property Manager

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?
Dealing with maintenance and learning new things relating to all different trades every day.

Most interesting previous work?
Head mixologist in a busy cocktail bar in the centre of town

What are your hobbies and interests?
Jet skiing, hill climbing and exploring new areas and towns.

Describe your dream home.
The bungalow from the Garfield movie.

Jack Middlemiss, MARLA

Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
Maintaining properties and keeping them compliant and also assisting tenants and landlords daily.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The variety of the role and continuing to learn and develop as property legislation changes.  

Most interesting previous work?
A management role at McDonald’s for many years while I was at university – Southside is far more interesting!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Sport – playing or watching. Mainly football and running but anything active and outdoors!

Describe your dream home.
A big house in the City Centre of Berlin – with access to a large garden

Anna Jones, MARLA

Senior Property Manager

When did you join SPM?
September 2020

What are the main aspects of your role?
Resolving maintenance issues for landlords and tenants and keeping their properties compliant and well maintained.  Also assisting the team where required.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I am excited to be given the opportunity to manage my own portfolio of properties and improve my skills and qualifications in this industry .

Most interesting previous work?
I managed and grew a portfolio of luxury short term holiday lets in Edinburgh City Centre.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Outside of work I like to enjoy travel,  dining and spending time with my family and keeping and eye on the latest trends in fashion, beauty, and interior design.

Describe your dream home.
My dream house would be modern, bright and spacious with a sunlit veranda and stunning garden just outside the city.

Ryan Ivory, Cert CIH, MARLA

Senior Support & Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
Being the main point of contact for tenants and landlords along with the management of HMO and residential properties.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Building good relationships with my landlords and tenants and providing a first class service on behalf of the company.

Most interesting previous work?
Cinema Manager.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Socialising with friends as much as possible.  My interests include Science, Property and Politics.

Describe your dream home.
A penthouse overlooking Manhattan.

Leighvi Collins, Cert CIH, MARLA

Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing properties across Edinburgh and the Lothians.  I am currently building a new portfolio, so my focus now is welcoming new landlords and tenants to SouthSide.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I enjoy building relationships with Tenants & landlords and the fact every day is different. It is a varied role and every day brings new challenges.

Most interesting previous work?
Managing 
Charity work for a children’s cancer charity in Australia where I got to see different parts of Sydney during this time.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Travelling, socialising with friends and family, Trying new places for food and drinks.

Describe your dream home.
Somewhere by the beach with a large garden and kitchen for hosting dinner parties.

Rebekah Lansley, MARLA

Property Manager

When did you join SPM?
June 2019

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing a portfolio of properties across Edinburgh.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Building relationships with clients and continuing to expand my knowledge of the property industry.

Most interesting previous work?
Professional acting.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Acting, singing, dancing, plays and musical theatre.  If I’m not performing in a show, I’m rehearsing one.

Describe your dream home.
I would love to build my own house one day.  A lovely, peaceful area, very spacious, grand and traditional.  A walk in wardrobe is a must.

Georgia Krumins

Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?

Dealing with repairs, maintenance & general enquiries on behalf of landlords and tenants.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Going above and beyond to help with & resolve issues

Most interesting previous work?

Working at an estate agent’s and getting to visit all sorts of amazing houses

What are your hobbies and interests?

Enjoy spending quality time with family, going out with friends and baking

Describe your dream home.

A big bungalow near the city with plenty of space for farm animals

Lucy McKelvey (MARLA)

Property Manager

When did you join SPM?
March 2021

What are the main aspects of your role?
Managing a portfolio of properties and being the main point of contact for tenants and landlords. 

What is your favourite part of your role?
Continuously learning and broadening my knowledge within the property industry. 

Most interesting previous work?
Retail assistant at Sainsbury’s. 

What are your hobbies and interests?
Socialising with friends and traveling.

Describe your dream home.
Apartment in the south of France with a pool and beach nearby.

Peter Clements

Head of Property Refurbishments

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.

Katherine Davidson

Property Refurbishment & Projects Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
I manage the refurbishments of our property portfolio, from the initial assessment of the works required, through tendering and appointing of contractors, to managing the works through to completion.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I love seeing the change in a property once the works are complete.  Whether it is a simple bathroom upgrade or a full property refurbishment, it breathes new life into a property and provides the best accommodation for our tenants.

Most interesting previous work?
My previous career was in the food and drinks industry. I’ve created new chocolate bars and designed luxury whisky packs.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love spending time outdoors with my family, going for brunch and a walk. I also love travelling to new countries and experiencing new cultures.

Describe your dream home.
A restored period property in the countryside with original sweeping staircase, roll top baths, and a kitchen opening on to a south facing garden.

Cat Dalrymple

Head of People & Development

When did you join SPM?
December 2013.

What are the main aspects of your role?
People! Recruitment, Training & Events and Marketing.  I also manage our festival lets for visitors performing at the Edinburgh Festival.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I really enjoy the variety of my role and having the opportunity to build relationships with people involved in our business including landlords, tenants, suppliers, partner companies, festival goers and our growing team.

Most interesting previous work?
I worked in America during my university summers selling children’s educational books and software to families door to door.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I’m a real foodie so, eating out or home cooked meals with family and friends is always a favourite way to spend my time.  I also love to travel and see new places – one of my most memorable trips being to South Africa which, included a 2-day camping safari in Botswana, it was amazing.

Describe your dream home.
A chateau in the South of France with cosy log fires, great views, an outdoor pool and a large kitchen that opens onto a terrace.  Comfy beds and powerful showers are also a must!

Martin Bell

Property Improvement & Refurbishment Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
As part of the property refurbishment team I assess, propose, tender out to contractors, and manage work through to completion. The role also consists of assisting landlords with improving their properties energy performance in line with the Governments proposal of a minimum EPC rating of C from 2025.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Seeing a refurbishment project through to completion and the satisfaction it brings to all those involved.

Most interesting previous work?
Placement work within a care home.

What are your hobbies and interests?
As a season ticket holder at Hibs, I enjoy attending games at the weekend, also watching motorsport and socialising with friends and family.

Describe your dream home.
Located in a village, where everyone is neighbourly and gets on with one another.

Liam McHenery

Property Photographer & Videographer

When did you join SPM?
2018

What are the main aspects of your role?
Photographer and videographer.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The photography side. The process from taking the pictures to editing them is the most enjoyable part for me.

Most interesting previous work?
Projection mapping artist and designer, working in live outdoor events and shows.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to surf and try to go multiple times a week and I often go indoor rock climbing once a week.  Anything outdoors really.
I also love taking pictures when not at work, so if I can mix the outdoors and photography on a day off that’s a win.

Describe your dream home.
This would have to be a place that looks over the ocean . So I could head to the beach and go surfing or head to the countryside anytime to relax.  It would have an outdoor kitchen with plenty of space for friends and family to come over.

Jen Cross

Executive Assistant

What are the main aspects of your role?

Assisting the Director and wider team in all areas such as diary and file management, research, travel arrangements and event organisation.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Being able to help the team in as many areas as possible to make their work lives easier where possible!


Most interesting previous work?

Arranging large scale, multiple venue events as an Events Manager.


What are your hobbies and interests?

Football and travelling all over Europe watching football.


Describe your dream home.

Villa in the sun with a swimming pool.

Calum Wilson

Business Investment and Development Executive

What are the main aspects of your role?

Liaising with new landlords to arrange property appraisals, assisting with the search & acquisition of properties, & keeping our new landlord information packs up to date with the latest legislation.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Researching all the new properties we take on & reading up on new legislation.


Most interesting previous work?

Before starting my apprenticeship at SouthSide, I worked in a call centre for a few months (It wasn’t very interesting)


What are your hobbies and interests?

Watching American football – both college & professional level


Describe your dream home.

A beachfront villa somewhere warm or a tree house in the jungle

Danny Briggs, MARLA

Head of Lettings

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

Lettings Co-ordinator

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.

Leah Miller

Property Manager

What are the main aspects of your role?
Providing support to the Property Management team, assisting with answering any queries from tenants or landlords and keeping our admin system organised and updated.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I really enjoy interacting and corresponding with landlords and tenants and finding solutions that all parties are happy with.

Most interesting previous work?
I worked in my village hotel as a waitress/receptionist.

What are your hobbies and interests?
 My hobbies include reading and writing. I love all different genres of books and would love to have something of mine published one day.

Describe your dream home.
Historical with lots of character, house plants, high ceilings and a huge library

Nicole Scott

Property Lettings Assistant

What are the main aspects of your role?
Answering phone call from tenants, landlords and customers. In addition to this, I help with emails, responding to enquiries and greeting visitors that come to the office.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Getting to learn new things and interact with different people, I also enjoy the variety of my days and how they are different in their own ways.

Most interesting previous work?
Working within hospitality and going to different venue and events.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Photography, going out with friends, and going to concerts/gigs (my favourite so far has been a tribute band for The Smiths). I also volunteer at a youth group sometimes.

Describe your dream home.
Big pink mansion with a bar

Lodan Khair

Property Lettings and Management Apprentice

What are the main aspects of your role?
Taking calls regarding tenant applications, reviewing documents and accepting applications.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Every day is a new day and a new challenge.  I really enjoy letting people know when they have been accepted for a property they are interested in – the reaction is different and unique every time.

Most interesting previous work?
Working in my family-owned car rental business, I learnt so much about different cars and models and I also got the opportunity to drive different vehicles to new destinations.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy horse riding and do this weekly.  I also enjoy drawing and driving, with no specific destination in mind. I like eating too hehe!

Describe your dream home.
My dream home would be an old-fashioned detached stone mansion that is fully refurbished on the inside with an island kitchen, sauna and flat rooftop so I can sit up when it’s nice weather.  It would also have 4 stables so I could have horses.

Scott Singh

Keys, Customer Service and Lettings Assistant

What are the main aspects of your role?
Processing applications, dealing with applications queries, creating PRTs for new tenants and communicating with colleagues to complete the application process.

What is your favourite part of your role?
When tenants find the right property for them and finally make the move.  It’s a great feeling knowing you were part of the team that helped that happen.  I also enjoy working in a central location, it’s a great part of town. 

Most interesting previous work?
When I was younger I had a job where I got to travel a lot and see new places across the north of Scotland which, was interesting.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I play rugby for Musselburgh RFC and enjoy watching Hibs play at the weekends.  I also like socialising with friends and trying new things as much as possible. 

Describe your dream home.
My dream home would be a big penthouse by the sea with a games room, swimming pool, bar and other luxuries but most importantly a home filled with happiness.

Ben Forbes

Property Lettings and Management Apprentice

What are the main aspects of your role?

In the applications team, I mostly communicate with applicants once their application has been accepted. Normally, I accept applicants, handle new property applications, and complete necessary checks prior to the start of their tenancy.

What is your favourite part of your role?

Working with different individuals every day makes the job fun, but I also enjoy being someone who an applicant can trust.

Most interesting previous work?

Before working at SouthSide, I was a Crew Trainer at McDonald’s in Edinburgh.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I have always been interested in architecture and urban planning but never decided to pursue them as a career. I want to do something in life that people will remember.

Describe your dream home.

My dream home would be a Spanish Revival mansion, in a nice neighbourhood not too far from a city.

 

Evan Donnelly

Lettings and Management Apprentice

Zoe Murray

Lettings and Management Apprentice

What are the main aspects of your role?
The main aspects of my role are to verify and upload applicants’ documents and to assist prospective tenants with any questions they may have regarding a property or our application process.

What is your favourite part of your role?
Assisting prospective tenants through the application process and helping with their queries.

Most interesting previous work?
I previously worked at an afterschool club where I created fun activities for the kids to do outdoors.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I have always had an interest in music and I occasionally perform acoustic sets and gigs, and open mic nights.

Describe your dream home.
My dream home would be a blue Volkswagen camper van where I can travel around the beaches of Australia.

Mike Porteous

Routine Property Visits

What are the main aspects of your role?

Property Viewings and Visits.

What is your favourite part of your role?

The variety of my role means that I learn something new every day.

Most interesting previous work?

Teaching community IT classes in Mombasa, Kenya.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Drawing, painting and watching and playing sport.

Describe your dream home.

A luxury treehouse with a games room, a sauna and a slide.

 

Derek Dougan

Head of Property Visits

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 physical viewings with prospective 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, 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.

Sam McIntosh

Property Visits and Viewings

What are the main aspects of your role?
Viewings, Routine Property Visits and anything else the day brings.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The interaction between clients and colleagues.

Most interesting previous work?
Doing some presentation work for BBC Radio when David Bowie died.  Since then, I have been interviewed a couple of times and provided information for a couple of shows regarding Bowie.

What are your hobbies and interests?
My interests are very varied however I am a lifelong David Bowie/music fan and have an extensive collection of Bowie memorabilia and music.

Describe your dream home.
Something large and rambling with themed rooms, a cinema, a music room and some grounds.

Chris McBride

Property Visits and Viewings

What are the main aspects of your role?

My role is predominantly checking tenant safety, while seeing the progress and quality of the property in relation to any problems.  Also helping with viewings and other administrative property related duties.

What is your favourite part of your role?

The unique and differing conversations with tenants on a day-to-day basis.

Most interesting previous work?

A player for Cricket Scotland.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Cricket, among many other sports. I am big into the gym and love a good night out.

Describe your dream home.
A modern country home with land for a small farm holding in The Highlands.

 

Dominik Sapinski

Property Accounts Controller

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

When did you join SPM?
April 2013

What are the main aspects of your role?
Accounts, Non-Resident Landlords, Payroll.

What is your favourite part of your role?
I enjoy reconciling the accounts for the business.

Most interesting previous work?
I worked in local government dealing with grants for Scottish museums and art galleries which was interesting.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy walking and visiting castles and historic sites.

Describe your dream home.
A castle by the sea.

Victoria Little

Senior Property Accounts Controller

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. I also help and support the Accounts team.

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.

Chelsey Milligan

Property Accounts Controller

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.

Malcolm Ray

Accounts Assistant

What are the main aspects of your role?
I assist with all incoming funds from tenants and landlords as well as preparing the Monthly Rental Statements (MRS) and invoices from local suppliers, ensuring they get paid on time.

What is your favourite part of your role?
The variety of tasks on a day-to-day basis and the fast paced environment.  The camaraderie is a big part of the job too…team work is a must!

Most interesting previous work?
Manager at a Rock bar/restaurant with live bands playing daily.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I am very passionate about cooking as I find being able to create a beautiful meal from a few simple ingredients is very rewarding.  I also love sports (mostly football and international rugby union) but almost all of my free time is spent with the three most important people in my world; my beautiful 1-year old daughter, my partner, and my bulldog Leila.

Describe your dream home.
A big Gothic or Edwardian style Casa Royale on Lake Como with its own vineyard.  That’s the dream.