"Across rural Scotland we see many brilliant and diverse projects bringing together land-owners, land users and community. The Helping It Happen Awards draw together the good news and success stories and allow a celebration of all that is great about rural Scotland. I am delighted to be part of this year’s judging panel and to learn more of the work done across rural Scotland by many unsung heroes"
Ian McKee is the managing director and co-founder of GLM, a firm located in Edinburgh and Inverness. GLM is a full-service company. Our ability to appraise, design, construct, manage and operate sets us apart in the market giving clients a unique opportunity to engage with a professional adviser and facilitator who understands the challenges beyond the building. This comes from the experience we have building, managing and operating our own properties and those of our partners and clients.
With a focus on sustainable tourism through rural diversification, we specialise in the creation, reuse and adaptation of buildings and land where we bring to bear our sharp insight, imaginative design and effective implementation, ensuring the projects we work on stand proud and will stand the test of time. And, if we can do this with the lightest touch, doing more with less, then all the better!
Ian has delivered tourism and visitor facilities throughout Scotland and the UK and has advised on projects in Europe and the US. With a focus on the use or repurposing of heritage assets and their integration into a wider tourism strategy, a richer, more sustainable visitor experience is delivered. A lifelong cyclist and mountain biker, he is particularly interested in wilderness and adventure tourism and has advised both private organisations and public bodies on the development of related facilities. Keen to promote Scotland as the number one choice for adventure tourism, Ian is currently engaged in projects to provide for this growing market.
A chartered building surveyor, Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), of which he is a past Scottish Chairman and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).