Step up from COO
New CEO for CKD Galbraith as profits rise
Pam Over is currently chief operating officer and leads the commercial property division. In January she will succeed Tim Kirkwood, who has led the firm for more than 20 years.
Mr Kirkwood will remain a partner with the firm and will focus on his portfolio of clients in the rural sector.
In the year to 1 April 2016, the firm’s revenues grew by 5.4% to just under £12m and profit to just under £3 million. It employs 236 staff in 11 offices across Scotland.
Iain Russell, chairman, said: “We are delighted to report our continued success as a multi-disciplinary, market-leading property firm.
“We have doubled our farm and estates agency income over the last year and have seen strong growth in the commercial division where only in the last few weeks we have completed significant international property investments in Edinburgh.
“We are delighted with Pam’s appointment as CEO. Her depth and breadth of career experience and commercial overview will provide energy and good judgement to the future development of our business.
“Tim has carried out the role of CEO for this firm, and its predecessors, for 24 years. Over that period the business has been developed from a modest Highland-based land agency practice to the national firm it is today.
“Tim has produced opportunity, employment, expansion and profit, all delivered with endless patience, good humour, deep intelligence, and a unique blend of wisdom and creativity.
“He elected last year to hand on the office of CEO in 2016, in order to provide continuity of business management and to allow a successor to build a new and broad-based executive team to take the firm forward.”
Mrs Over said: “I am absolutely delighted that the partners in the firm have given their support to my appointment and I have an extremely hard act to follow.
“Tim has – more than anyone else – been instrumental in the development and growth of the firm and is handing over the reins of an extraordinarily successful business. I am looking forward to the challenge of picking up the baton and continuing our growth.”
Mr Kirkwood said: “I have been very fortunate and privileged to hold the office of CEO for so many years in which the firm has become established as a successful national company.
“This is testament to the quality of personal service offered by staff across our offices. I remain committed to the firm and believe that the time is right for us to plan for the future. I look forward to working closely with Pam who has outstanding business acumen and the skill to lead the firm into its next phase.”
Photo: Tim Kirkwood, Pam Over, Iain Russell (contributed)