Ramsay joins GVA James Barr as Forgie to wind down

Alasdair RamsayInvestment ‎agent Alasdair Ramsay (left) has been appointed as a senior director by commercial property adviser GVA James Barr to play a pivotal role in leading and growing its Glasgow office.

As head of Deloitte Real Estate in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and of Drivers Jonas before that, Mr Ramsay brings 28 years of experience in commercial real estate to the role. He joins GVA James Barr in September.

At the same time chairman of GVA James Barr, Eric Forgie will wind down from the business after nearly 40 years. He will initiate a smooth handover and transition of key client accounts with Mr Ramsay and the 120 strong staff based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Mr Forgie said: “The past couple of years have marked a transformational period, and a new chapter for this business. The strategic merger of James Barr with GVA in 2013 set out our platform for major growth. It up-scaled us to the tune of £11m in annual revenue, making it one of Scotland’s largest and leading real estate advisors.

“As we move into the next phase of growth, I am sure Alasdair’s experience in both corporate and capital markets will make a significant contribution across the business and I look forward to working with him.”

Mr Ramsay will join Bilfinger GVA’s senior ranks as one of 10 regional senior directors throughout the company’s network of 12 offices around the UK, each with the responsibility of leading their respective UK offices.

His wider remit will entail working alongside Keith Aitken, who as well as heading the business in Scotland is fellow RSD to its 60-strong Edinburgh team, to strengthen the over-arching business in Scotland.

Mr Aitken said: “We’re delighted to appoint Alasdair and look forward to welcoming him into the fold here at GVA James Barr. Alasdair’s arrival, with his first class reputation and expertise within our market, only adds to our growing capabilities north of the border. This key appointment also sets down a marker for our next phase of growth.

“We have big ambitions. That is to become Scotland’s leading advisor of choice. Our newly established Anglo-German alliance with Bilfinger has allowed us to invest in our UK business. The same association has helped us secure international blue-chips, including BASF in Paisley, as clients.”


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