After graduating from Reading University with a BSc in Land Management, Evelyn joined Savills plc in 1988, initially based in the Brechin office before moving to the Rural Agency Team in the Edinburgh office in 1995. Evelyn was appointed as a Director of the business in 2014 and has recently been appointed Head of Rural Agency for Scotland and is also Chair of the Rural Business Development Board in Scotland. As such, she has responsibility for the budgeting and financial reporting for the Scottish region to the plc accountants and developing and implementing strategic business plans.
Evelyn has experience of a wide range of rural properties, including country houses and castles, and specializes in the sale and purchase of commercial farms and both residential and sporting estates throughout Scotland. Evelyn works closely with agency colleagues across the UK and in particular with the London offices and the foreign desks who specialise in looking after international buyers with an interest in Scotland. Recent high profile sales have included the sale of South Logiealmond (2018), Tulchan Sporting Estates Limited (2017), Fettercairn Estate (2016), Loch Choire (2015) and Cluny Estate (2014).
Evelyn was co-opted onto the Board in the autumn of 2018 and brings diversity to the Board from a number of angles. Although not a rural landowner herself, through the course of her work acts on behalf of a wide array of Scottish landowners and therefore has an extremely good understanding of landownership and the issues that might affect them. She is also able to provide direct insight into the perception of owning land in Scotland from “the outside”. Evelyn is passionate about rural Scotland and believes that a balanced and diverse board will deliver rigour and energy for the benefit of its members and as a result represent and support Scotland's landowners, large and small to best effect.
Having been brought up on the family farm in Fife, Evelyn also has both practical experience and a sound understanding of rural life. She now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three teenage children and when time allows her interests include tennis, walking, bridge and cooking.