ACE Team

Ian Gray - Head of Sales & Director of Operations

Due to the continued growth of ACE Property we are delighted that Ian has agreed to move from the position of Sales Consultant to Head of Sales and Operations Director in a full time position. 

Former head of sales at a top ten Scottish law firm with over 30 years’ experience in the Edinburgh residential property market, Ian will be coming on board as a Property Sales Consultant and will develop our sales department, taking the lead on new sales instructions and ongoing client relations. We expect to see rapid growth, building on the considerable success since the launch.

Ian’s role as Operations Director will include responsibility for governance, customer service and client satisfaction, regulatory requirements, process management, people and service delivery in order to deliver an outstanding service to our clients whilst simultaneously delivering on the strategic plans and long-term forecasts of the business.

Alan Nash - Director

Having launched ACE in 2005 Alan has extensive experience in every aspect of lettings, sales and property management. Alan handles new business, sales and property development projects whilst overseeing the day to day running of the business. He is focused on growing the business by ensuring a reliable service. He communicates regularly with tenants and landlords alike developing relationships making ACE Property one of the most highly rated agencies in Edinburgh.

A keen sportsman, Alan enjoys tennis, golf and running whenever possible, with a young and growing family. Rugby is however where his passion lies. A former Watsonians FC Captain and Scottish age grade player, Alan is never far from the touchline. Alan also enjoys travelling, socialising with friends and long walks with his dog Cooper.

"Living in Edinburgh we are spoilt for choice with an abundance of quality properties. The professional, family and student markets are well catered for and the tourists that Edinburgh attracts make our city a fantastic place to work and live. Stuart and I pride ourselves on our personal service and aim to keep it that way as we continue to grow the business through fantastic client relationships and referrals."

Stuart Johnston -Director

Stuart has a Bsc (Economics & Accounting) from Edinburgh University and took further professional qualifications in becoming a qualified company secretary (ACIS). He worked as a Company Secretary in the financial services industry before forming ACE Property with Alan in November 2005.

Stuart has built up his own private portfolio over the years, and has considerable experience in managing properties. However Stuart specialises in the accounts and legal side of the business, looking after all the accounting, financial and regulatory issues related to the day to day running of the business.

Stuart enjoys all sports, particularly rugby, he loves to travel and keep fit, The daily morning bacon rolls don't help, however!

Michelle Dakers – Office manager

Michelle is in her seventh year with ACE, having started her career in Property Management working for an estate agency in Edinburgh. Having progressed through the various aspects of that business, she switched careers into Financial Services working for one of Edinburgh’s larger insurance companies.

Some years later, following the acquisition of one husband, two children and a career break, Michelle re-entered the Property Management industry, managing the office of a regional RE/MAX franchise where she was responsible for managing the day to day business and which soon became three offices.

On joining ACE, Michelle looked after all new tenant applications & lease signings; however following expansion of the business Michelle’s main role now is assisting with the financial side of the business supporting Stuart. Michelle is also responsible for the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, Landlord Registration and processing new business.

In her spare time Michelle enjoys participating in zumba classes, socialising with friends and following her husband and daughters in their sporting pursuits.

Wendy Mackay – Property Manager

Wendy has worked in the property industry for 14 years. She gets great satisfaction from her role as no two days are the same and she enjoys a challenge. Wendy is vastly experienced in dealing with day to day maintenance, rentals, and refurbishments, whilst also specialising in Insurance work, factoring and HMO regulations.

Wendy is a hands on type of person and ensures that she sees any repair job to completion and strongly believes that good communication is a key factor in keeping our landlord and tenants happy.

Wendy enjoys going to the gym, holidays and eating out with family and friends.

Charlie Leask – Property Manager

Charlie joined ACE in 2015 having graduated from the University of West Scotland obtaining a BA in Business Studies while gaining early experience with a large Edinburgh lettings firm. He has taken on a roll which offers him a chance to work in all aspects of the lettings industry adding to his existing personal experience renovating and letting properties, showing a clear passion and interest in the field. Charlie is kept busy taking care of viewings, inspections and dealing with repairs.

Charlie’s ambition is to become a full time landlord and property developer in the UK and abroad.

In his spare time he enjoys walking, drinking too much coffee and spending time with his family.

Dewald Nel - Property Manager

Dewald has joined our Property Management department and we look forward helping him transition from professional sport to the working world.

Dewald is an ex-international cricketer with over thirteen years of professional sports experience. He graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a degree in Leisure Management before embarking on a cricket career. With a vast amount of knowledge setting up and running businesses Dewald joins ACE during an exciting period of growth.

Amie Phillips – Property Administrator

Amie has worked for a number of letting agencies in Edinburgh picking up invaluable experience in a number of different roles within different departments. At ACE Amie is mainly office based and focuses on the referencing of new tenants, preparation of the leases and organising the company diary.

Megan James- Property Administrator

Megan brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having previously worked at other Edinburgh agencies. Skilled in dealing with repairs and maintenance along with referencing, new tenant enquiries and daily office tasks Megan helps with the smooth running of our head office.

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