Meet the Edinburgh Festival Lets Team

John Davidson

John Davidson - Director

jd@southsidemanagement.com

SouthSide was set up after John was unhappy at how other agents over charged 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. Read more..

John Davidson - Director

SouthSide was set up after John was unhappy at how other agents over charged 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 what has now become 14 open supermarkets in Scotland & England. John developed his work ethic from an early age working on his families beef & sheep hill farm near Moffat, before studying Business & Accounting at Edinburgh Uni. He funded himself at Edinburgh 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 directly 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 new born son.

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Emma Dick

Emma Dick - Business Manager

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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! Read more..

Emma Dick - Business Manager

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. Emma is currently working part time after the birth of her son.

"I am delighted to be involved with such an exciting and forward thinking company as Edinburgh Festival Lets. I have extensive experience in the property scene. I have been involved in Letting for many years and have a Paralegal qualification in Property Law which has proved useful in dealing with the technical aspects of Letting."

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Natasha Bonnello

Natasha Bonnello - Senior Property Manager

nb@southsidemanagement.com

Natasha is responsible for managing a portfolio of properties, liaising with her colleagues in marketing and finance to ensure a smooth flow for tenants and landlords. Read more..

Natasha Bonnello - Senior Property Manager

Natasha is responsible for managing a portfolio of properties, liaising with her colleagues in marketing and finance to ensure a smooth flow for tenants and landlords. A large part of Natasha’s role is that of property maintenance and undertaking regular inspections with Ross for her properties to keep on top of maintenance. Outside of work Natasha’s time is taken up with her puppy, making sure he behaves and refurbishing her own house which, after 2 years, is almost complete. Natasha is also the office film buff!

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Leah Birch

Leah Birch - Property Manager

lb@southsidemanagement.com

After graduating in 2013 with a degree in Event Management from QMU, Leah worked with another letting company in a varied role carrying out check-ins and checkouts, conducting inventories and working on reception before moving to SouthSide. Read more..

Leah Birch - Property Manager

After graduating in 2013 with a degree in Event Management from QMU, Leah worked with another letting company in a varied role carrying out check-ins and checkouts, conducting inventories and working on reception before moving to SouthSide. Leah started at SouthSide on reception and then quickly moved up to be Lettings Co-ordinator, dealing with applications and advertising. Leah has now taken on the role of Property Manager, looking after a portfolio of properties and is enjoying the challenge. In her spare time Leah likes to shop and go for dinner and drinks with her friends.

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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips - Property Manager

mp@southsidemanagement.com

Mark joined SouthSide in 2011 where he was initially responsible for viewings and inspections and excelled in that role. Now responsible for a portfolio of properties, Mark will be managing them for the long term and is continuously looking to make improvements Read more..

Mark Phillips - Property Manager

Mark joined SouthSide in 2011 where he was initially responsible for viewings and inspections and excelled in that role. Now responsible for a portfolio of properties, Mark will be managing them for the long term and is continuously looking to make improvements and inputs for the benefit of tenants and landlords alike. Mark has also project managed numerous property refurbishments for clients over the past few years and has a strong eye for detail. Mark has been involved with property the majority of his career and studied Estate Management at Heriot Watt. Originally from a dairy farm in Northern Ireland, Mark is a keen rugby player and is captain of Leith Rugby. When not working or playing rugby Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, and his daughter Ellie.

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Ryan O'Donnell

Ryan O'Donnell - Property Manager

ro@southsidemanagement.com

Ryan joined SouthSide in September 2013 and is very good at suggesting the right property for the right person and will always remember someone. Read more..

Ryan O'Donnell - Property Manager

Ryan joined SouthSide in September 2013 and is very good at suggesting the right property for the right person and will always remember someone. When not working he likes to spend time with his family and young children. Previously Ryan has worked in the financial services industry. Ryan’s hobbies include football, nuministics and changing nappies!

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Rachel Valentine

Rachel Valentine - Property Manager

rv@southsidemanagement.com

Rachel joined SoutSide in July 2014 as a Trainee Property Manager and now looks after our new properties. Rachel had never worked in the property industry before coming to SouthSide however she has taken to it like a duck to water. Read more..

Rachel Valentine - Property Manager

Rachel joined SoutSide in July 2014 as a Trainee Property Manager and now looks after our new properties. Rachel had never worked in the property industry before coming to SouthSide however she has taken to it like a duck to water. Having worked as a secretary for a joinery firm in the past and more recently was the office manager at Edinburgh’s biggest bar, The Three Sisters, Rachel was well equipped to join our busy office and varied team. Being a lover of music, most of Rachel’s money and spare time is spent on tickets for various gigs and she is always planning her next music festival adventure.

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Clair Simpson

Clair Simpson - Property Manager

cs@southsidemanagement.com

Clair joined Southside in 2012 with 5 years experience within the property industry behind her. Clair has worked at the Quatermile development in Edinburgh, were she was part of the sales and marketing team for the entire developement. Read more..

Clair Simpson - Property Manager

Clair joined Southside in 2012 with 5 years experience within the property industry behind her. Clair has worked at the Quatermile development in Edinburgh, were she was part of the sales and marketing team for the entire developement. Clair has picked up invaluabale skills and is bringing with her this experience to Southside.

Clair's role in Southside is working alongside the Property Manangers to help ensure that our new landlords are kept up to date and to constantly monitor the marketing of our new properties to ensure that void period is as little as possible in order to reduce costs and make the most of their property. Since returning from maternity leave, Clair also now works on our short term and holiday lets outwith the festival period. In her spare time Clair enjoys relaxing with friends and family, socialising at the weekends and picking up a bargain in the sales.

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Daniel Briggs

Daniel Briggs - Senior Lettings Co-ordinator

db@southsidemanagement.com

Danny joined the team in April 2010 as the office junior, excelling in this role and other various tasks around the office. Danny is now one of the most expreienced members of our team and has a flair for matching tenants to the right property. Read more..

Daniel Briggs - Senior Lettings Co-ordinator

Danny joined the team in April 2010 as the office junior, excelling in this role and other various tasks around the office. Danny is now one of the most expreienced members of our team and has a flair for matching tenants to the right property. Danny is the Senior Lettings Co-ordinator for all Ryan, Rachel and John's properties as well as managing a smaller portfolio of student properties. Danny also holds viewings from time to time and deals with incoming enquiries. He is a man with strong ethics and always does what he says he is going to do. Originally from Yorkshire, in his spare time Danny spends time with his son Caiden.

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Ross Wynn

Ross Wynn - Inspections

Ross works closely with Natasha as property inspector, having retired from the fire service after 30 years’ service. With an eye for detail and a pragmatic approach, Ross has been an integral part of the team over the last two years Read more..

Ross Wynn - Inspections

Ross works closely with Natasha as property inspector, having retired from the fire service after 30 years’ service. With an eye for detail and a pragmatic approach, Ross has been an integral part of the team over the last two years, liaising with Natasha to ensure all is in order and to a high standard.

In his down time, Ross can be found playing tennis, hill walking and spending time with his family.

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Bruce Croall

Bruce Croall - Architectural Technician

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Bruce is SouthSide’s Architectural Technician where he produces the required drawings for any alterations to property under management and for refurbishments during and after acquisition. Read more..

Bruce Croall - Architectural Technician

Bruce is SouthSide’s Architectural Technician where he produces the required drawings for any alterations to property under management and for refurbishments during and after acquisition. Bruce's career in Architectural Technology began after he graduated from Napier University in 2000 and has a mixed background, with experience gained working for various companies, from a small building consultancy to a national house builder. In his spare time Bruce cycles around in circles on a 45 degree banking-track and is a multiple Scottish and British track cycling champion and is just 0.8 seconds slower than Sir Chris Hoy! .

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Tom Wynn

Tom Wynn - Adminstrator

tw@southsidemanagement.com

Tom works with Southside on a part-time basis and is a valuable member of our team assisting with all aspects of the office from booking in viewings, references and assisting short lets. Tom has over 34 years experience in customer service, Read more..

Tom Wynn - Adminstrator

Tom works with Southside on a part-time basis and is a valuable member of our team assisting with all aspects of the office from booking in viewings, references and assisting short lets. Tom has over 34 years experience in customer service, including working on a major Edinburgh construction project, communicating with a diverse range of people utilising his skills and experience to the fullest.Tom also looks after the facilities in the office and making sure all is in order.

Tom enjoys hill walking on his days off and spending time with his Granddaughter on a Wednesday and Thursday when not in the office. .

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David McLeod

David McLeod - Inspections

David works as a Property Inspector alongside Ewa and viewings for Danny and Clair. David retired after over 30 years in the financial sector, holding a variety of roles and latterly managing a large training department. Read more..

David McLeod - Inspections

David works as a Property Inspector alongside Ewa and viewings for Danny and Clair. David retired after over 30 years in the financial sector, holding a variety of roles and latterly managing a large training department.

When not at work he can be found on the golf course either playing or coaching children through the Club Golf scheme, or working on his own handicap, when not on holiday. .

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Mark Youngson

Mark Youngson - Viewings and Inspections

Mark works at Southside on a part time basis doing viewings. he has been with Southside for a matter of months and shows a real flare for what he does. When he's not working at Southside he is a self employed driving instructor. Outside of Mark's work like he is a Ice Hockey Fanatic.

Amy Goodwin

Amy Goodwin - Viewings & Lettings Co-ordinator

Amy started with SouthSide in July 2013 on reception. Having previously worked in the financial sector and previous to that in hospitality, Amy has loved combining her organisational skills with her customer service skills. Read more..

Amy Goodwin - Viewings & Lettings Co-ordinator

Amy started with SouthSide in July 2013 on reception. Having previously worked in the financial sector and previous to that in hospitality, Amy has loved combining her organisational skills with her customer service skills. After 3 months on reception Amy took on the responsibility as a letting co-ordinator, making sure properties are re-let as quickly as possible as well as processing applications. Being a great people-person, Amy also likes to hold viewings so she can meet potential tenants and see the properties herself and viewings have now become the main focus of her day-to-day role. When she is not out and about, Amy also assists the lettings team in the office and trains new team members. In her spare time Amy likes to spend time with her friends and family and also enjoys long distance running.

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Pauline Kennedy

Pauline Kennedy - Property Accountant

pk@southsidemanagement.com

Pauline joined SouthSide at the beginning of September 2013 and is responsible for the property accounts managed by Mark and Ryan. Previously employed in an accounting capacity with a local chartered surveyors firm Read more..

Pauline Kennedy - Property Accountant

Pauline joined SouthSide at the beginning of September 2013 and is responsible for the property accounts managed by Mark and Ryan. Previously employed in an accounting capacity with a local chartered surveyors firm, Pauline is thoroughly enjoying the new role and the challenges it brings! If not at work, Pauline can be found visiting family in the Scottish Borders, watching telly, socializing with friends in Edinburgh, window shopping or sleeping until lunchtime (at weekends of course!).

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Margaret O'Malley

Margaret O'Malley - Accounts

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.

Agnes Piskorska

Agnes Piskorska - Property Accountant

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Agnes previously worked with Princes Streets Suites as receptionist/finance administrator and joined SouthSide at the end of November 2013 to look after purchase ledger entries and to ensure all invoices are processed. Read more..

Agnes Piskorska - Property Accountant

Agnes previously worked with Princes Streets Suites as receptionist/finance administrator and joined SouthSide at the end of November 2013 to look after purchase ledger entries and to ensure all invoices are processed. Agnes also sends the Rental Statements to all Landlords on a monthly basis. In her spare time Agnes likes to spend time with her two sons and her family and friends enjoying the beautiful landscapes that Scotland has to offer.

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Melissa Richardson

Melissa Richardson - Property Lettings Secretary

mr@southsidemanagement.com

Melissa started at SouthSide in November 2013 having previously worked in retail along with gaining a degree in business. Melissa began her SouthSide career working on reception helping with general enquiries Read more..

Melissa Richardson - Property Lettings Secretary

Melissa started at SouthSide in November 2013 having previously worked in retail along with gaining a degree in business. Melissa began her SouthSide career working on reception helping with general enquiries, booking in viewings and processing rental payments but is moving up the ladder quickly. Melissa is now the property lettings secretary, handling leases, utility transfers and co-ordinating maintenance works and communal works. In her spare time Melissa enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her friends and family.

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Cat Hulme

Cat Hulme - Marketing & Festival

ch@southsidemanagement.com

Cat joined SouthSide in December 2013 and, like John, spent her university years running her own business selling educational books and software door to door to families in the US and UK. Cat’s background include sales, recruitment, events and marketing Read more..

Cat Hulme - Marketing & Festival

Cat joined SouthSide in December 2013 and, like John, spent her university years running her own business selling educational books and software door to door to families in the US and UK. 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 will be working closely with our landlords, tenants and the SouthSide team to ensure that we are continually improving our service. 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.

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Peter Clements

Peter Clements - Property Service Manager

pc@southsidemanagement.com

Peter has come to SouthSide with nearly 30 years experience in the Construction Industry. As the Property Service Manager he works closely with all the Property Managers ensuring the continued upkeep, refurbishment and development of our portfolio of properties. Read more..

Peter Clements - Property Service Manager

Peter has come to SouthSide with nearly 30 years experience in the Construction Industry. As the Property Service Manager he works closely with all the Property Managers ensuring the continued upkeep, refurbishment and development of our portfolio of properties. When Peter is not at work or at home with his family and feet up in front of the television he is often found in the outdoors, walking or cycling in the hills and living under canvas in some wild place! Either that or at the bar talking about wild (and often wet) trips!

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Derek Dougan

Derek Dougan - Viewings & Inspections

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Derek joined the SouthSide team in December 2013 having previously worked in customer services. Derek is a keen traveller and relocated to California in 2012 where he organised and ran a children’s summer camp in San Francisco during the summer months. Read more..

Derek Dougan - Viewings & Inspections

Derek joined the SouthSide team in December 2013 having previously worked in customer services. Derek is a keen traveller and relocated to California in 2012 where he organised and ran a children’s summer camp in San Francisco during the summer months. Derek enjoys keeping fit – his hobbies include football and regular trips to the gym.

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Jennifer Syme

Jennifer Syme - Reception

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Jennifer joined SouthSide after spending 2 years in Australia studying HR and working in a debt collection agency. Prior to this Jennifer had a varied career, some of her roles include an administrator for Virgin Media Read more..

Jennifer Syme - Reception

Jennifer joined SouthSide after spending 2 years in Australia studying HR and working in a debt collection agency. Prior to this Jennifer had a varied career, some of her roles include an administrator for Virgin Media for 4 years, a Training and Development Administrator for 5 years as well as previously working in administration roles for Marie Curie, Bank of Scotland, Tarmac Roadstone and Ferranti’s. Jennifer now works on our busy reception desk taking enquiries by telephone, email and as the main point of contact for customers and visitors to our office. Outside work, Jennifer is very social and likes to spend time with family and friends whenever she can. ×

Lynne Hinton

Lynne Hinton - Reception

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Lynne is originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders but has lived in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Lynne loves to travel and has also spent much of her time island hopping around Fiji, inter-railing around Europe Read more..

Lynne Hinton - Reception

Lynne is originally from Hawick in the Scottish Borders but has lived in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Lynne loves to travel and has also spent much of her time island hopping around Fiji, inter-railing around Europe and has also enjoyed many trips to America. Before working with SouthSide Lynne worked in the hospitality industry and moved to Edinburgh about a year ago. She is very close to her family and was delighted to be “Best Man” at her brother’s wedding in 2013. Lynne now works on reception with Jennifer and is one of the first faces you’ll see when you come into the SouthSide office. ×

Robert Redpath

Robert Redpath - Reception

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Robert starting working with SouthSide in May 2014 and works closely with Mark Phillips as Property Inspector. Robert also spend over 30 years in the fire service and since retiring has undertaken various jobs such as landscape gardening and working at a training consultancy. Read more..

Robert Redpath - Reception

Robert starting working with SouthSide in May 2014 and works closely with Mark Phillips as Property Inspector. Robert also spend over 30 years in the fire service and since retiring has undertaken various jobs such as landscape gardening and working at a training consultancy. These days however, when he’s not inspecting properties Robert likes to spend his time keeping fit through cycling, hill walking and occasional golf and five-a-side football. Robert is a very dependable part of the team who is always willing to lend a hand when it’s required. ×

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