Who we are and what we do.

Who we are

Whiteburn is a small creative team of property and building professionals based in Edinburgh. Between us we have over 100 years of industry experience.

Originating from a Dundee family property investment and management base, Whiteburn has evolved into a diverse property development group, working with private and institutional investment partners on a range of commercial and mixed use projects.

We are award winning residential developers and house builders.

What we do

We retain the best elements of what went before and turn previously unloved buildings and challenging sites into great places for people to live, work and play. We have a proven track record of delivering award winning, desirable and financially sound developments.

As developers and investors, we’ve built outstanding new office buildings and re-modelled end of lease offices to re-create modern workspaces and restaurants; and designed and implemented urban masterplans.

Today we’re focussing our energies on creating and delivering new homes for sale. It might sound simple but we design our homes to suit their location. We like to take on the challenge of brownfield sites, renovating historic or listed buildings, to create sympathetic and interesting places to call home.

Whiteburn Projects is responsible for the delivery and construction of our exciting pipeline of new build homes in Fife, Borders and central Scotland.

Our team

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Dale Strachan

Chairman

Dale is a former commercial property partner of Brodies and is well acquainted with the Whiteburn team, having acted on the SoCo project in particular – one of the more challenging site assemblies undertaken in the Old Town.

He brings a wealth of property, legal and negotiating experience to the Whiteburn board, having been steeped in some of the largest and most complex commercial transactions on both sides of the border, for such clients as Telereal, Morgan Stanley, British Steel/Corus/Tata/Ravenscraig Limited, Land Securities Trillium and Gazeley and Hallhill Developments.

Dale remains a member of the Law Society of Scotland and a Writer to the Signet, as well as a member (and former Secretary) of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, which actively engages in sharing best practice and values in real estate matters on both sides of the Atlantic.

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John Shepherd

CEO

John is a chartered civil engineer, with over 35 years’ experience in construction, development and asset management in London, overseas and Scotland.

As Whiteburn’s main shareholder and CEO, he is responsible for setting the group’s strategy, securing finance and laying the foundations for new development projects.

John was Chairman of Northern Housing Company Ltd. (a Dundee-based housing charity and part of the Hillcrest Group) from Sept 2010 - Nov 2017. Northern Housing owns/manages over 800 mid-market rental properties in Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh.

He is a former Chair of the Scottish regional judging panel of British Council for Offices and is a member of the judging panel for the Saltire Society Housing Design Awards.

He is an active member of the Scottish Property Federation and sits on the Heritage Liaison Group.

In his spare time John is an adventurous traveller and walker of Belle.

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Eve McCurrich

Managing Director

Eve is the Managing Director of Whiteburn Projects Ltd.

Eve is an MRICS qualified Quantity Surveyor with a wealth of experience managing the delivery of a variety of projects across the UK, Dubai and Poland.

Eve has spent nearly 20 years working in residential development, working for Taylor Wimpey, and being key in delivery of Calderwood for Stirling Developments.

Eve is responsible for the expansion and delivery of our residential business. Eve strongly believes that the ethos of good design and customer service will ensure that Whiteburn will stand our from the crowd.

Eve is the vice chairperson of the Scottish Property Federation’s Residential Investment and Management Committee and is a member of St. Andrews University Court.

In her spare time Eve loves getting outdoors and walking her springer spaniel Baxter.

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Roger Bainbridge

Director

Roger is responsible for the design and delivery of Whiteburn’s expanding residential pipeline and the identification of new development opportunities.

Roger studied Architecture and went on to work in private practice in the UK and Germany before embarking on a career in property and house building. In this time he has worked with award winning home builders in senior technical management positions, working on large residential projects including the 2014 Commonwealth Game Athletes’ Village and ‘Polnoon’ in Eaglesham, the first implementation of ‘Designing Streets’ in Scotland. He is passionate about creating sustainable developments that are great places to live, work and play in.

Roger sits on the Homes For Scotland Small Builders Group and has collaborated with the Scottish Government to develop their Designing Streets agenda.

In his spare time Roger is a qualified rugby referee and active member of Stirling County RFC. He likes cooking and eating and to work it off he is a keen road cyclist and walker of his Tibetan Terrier, Che.

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Charlie Bain

Project Manager

Charlie started his career as a joiner, working in various locations around the world, including France, USA, Japan, and Bahamas. In 2003, he joined Graham Construction as a manager, and has since worked in management positions for Lovell Partnership, FM Construction and more recently Cala Homes. Charlie has a passion for delivering high standards of workmanship.

In his spare time, he is a keen Hearts FC supporter, attending all home games with his sons and was for many years a Hearts FC youth coach and scout.

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Susie Burns

Accountant

Susie joined Whiteburn in January 2018 as Accountant to the Whiteburn group. As a qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Susie has many years’ experience, starting with graduate accountancy training in practice in London. Once qualified, Susie spent the next 5 years working for small/medium businesses as a Financial/Management Accountant before moving to RBS in Edinburgh, where she spent the last 13 years working as a Reporting Accountant.

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Ian Thomson

Consultant

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Ian has a wealth of experience providing financial advice for companies such as KMPG & General Accident Property Services. Most recently Ian was Finance Director, then Managing Director at Taylor Wimpey East & West Scotland, where he developed a complete understanding of the residential development process from start to finish.

In recent years, Ian set up his own consultancy, and it is under this banner that he assists the Whiteburn team, delivering finance and project management services on residential and mixed use developments, as well as on business planning, financial reporting and strategy.

Ian is also a Trustee and Non Executive Director of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee and member of CHAS.

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Anna Grant

Office Manager