Real Estate Balance in Edinburgh

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24 April 2024

06:00 PM

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, 9 Haymarket Square, Edinburgh EH3 8FY


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Real Estate Balance has been steadily increasing our programme of activities outside of London. We are delighted to invite members to our first event in Scotland on the evening of 24 April, kindly hosted by Shepherd and Wedderburn in Edinburgh.

This event will see wellness experts and real estate and associated sector professionals discuss sleep, nutrition and employee wellbeing alongside wider equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues relevant to the city and its property industry.

It will include a presentation by corporate wellness experts GiCa Nutrition on stress management - with a particular focus on the healthy sleeping practices, nutritional habits and lifestyle adjustments that employers can consider championing and providing access to.

Gill Grassie from GiCa will then join a panel discussion chaired by Helen Puttick, health reporter for The Times (Scotland), featuring property professionals from the city exploring how organisations can build an effective employee wellbeing ethos into their corporate culture, the challenges they may face and how they can be overcome, and broader topics relating to EDI in the real estate profession in Edinburgh.


Gill Grassie

Gill Grassie
Nutritional Therapist, GiCa Nutrition

Formerly a partner with a large commercial law firm, Gill’s health suffered through frequent colds, lack of sleep, poor diet and gastrointestinal issues. She decided she wanted a compete change of career, so trained as Nutritional Therapist and founded GiCa Nutrition Limited. 

Applying the techniques she learned has allowed Gill to optimise her own health, and through GiCa she is helping others experience a lifelong transformation in their wellbeing by making better nutrition and lifestyle choices. 

Dr. Caterina Fiegna

Dr Caterina Fiegna
Nutritional Therapist, GiCa Nutrition

Caterina is certified Nutritional Therapist based in Edinburgh. After obtaining a degree in Veterinary Medicine in Italy, Caterina moved to Edinburgh, where she obtained a PhD in Veterinary Science and undertook research in different academic settings.

Due to a combination of personal health issues and her long-lasting interest in complementary and integrative medicine, she then decided to explore the potential of nutritional therapy as a therapeutic tool to nourish the body and optimise health, looking beyond simple calorie intake. This was accomplished by completing a diploma with Distinction awarded by the College of Naturopathic Medicine and dedication to learning.

She believes that having a holistic approach, and restoring a natural whole-body balance, can positively influence the present and long-term health and wellbeing. Her academic training gives her a good understanding of the body's anatomy, physiology and research methodology. 


Helen Puttick

Helen Puttick
Health Reporter, The Times (Scottish edition)

Helen Puttick has been covering news in Scotland for 25 years. She worked as a health specialist for more than a decade and continues to provide well-informed insight and groundbreaking stories in this field. She is sought after as a commentator on heath and care issues across Scotland and beyond. Helen has been nominated for four Scottish press awards including Specialist Reporter of the Year. 

Ally Campbell

Ally Campbell
Partner specialising in Planning, Montagu Evans

Ally is an experienced town planner, having qualified in 2000. She started her career working for local authorities in development management teams, assessing planning applications, which has given her an excellent working knowledge of the development management process and relevant contacts within the local authority areas. 

Ally is experienced in working on large major developments throughout Scotland and delivering high-profile planning permissions, along with representing clients at the local development plan stage in order to unlock the development potential and value of their land. 

Morag Hutchison

Morag Hutchison
Partner employment law practice, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Morag is a Partner in Shepherd and Wedderburn’s employment law practice. She works with companies, partnerships, charities and public sector employers based in the UK and internationally on all areas of employment law. Morag also provides support to individual employees requiring employment advice. 

Murray Strang

Murray Strang
Managing Partner for Scotland, Cushman & Wakefield 

Murray is the Managing Partner for Scotland with Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest and most respected property advisory firms. With over 20 years of experience in a multitude of global real estate markets, including a 13-year stint in the Middle East, Murray has a strong track record as a business leader with a major focus on driving EDI implementation and progression. At Cushman & Wakefield, Murray is a proud champion of UNITY, supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community, their Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) and LEAD (Leading with Education and Awareness of Disabilities) group. Murray is also a Board Member of the Scottish chapter of LandAid, the property sector’s leading charity addressing youth homelessness.     

The themes that will be discussed on the evening are more relevant now than ever, with real estate being a highly competitive world that often demands irregular and extended working hours. 

However, employers are waking up to the link between lack of sleep and work performance. Not only does sleep deprivation affect productivity and motivation, absence and presenteeism, sickness and error rates, crucially, sleep loss can have huge impact on an organisation’s EDI efforts - as behaviours linked to sleep deprivation are proven to impact inclusive cultures.

A study on sleep deprivation in the workplace called Wake-up call found almost half of senior managers admitting that they found it more difficult to be mindful of their impact on others while leading on little sleep.

The conversation will also touch upon topics including progressing women in real estate and associated roles in Edinburgh, the representation of minorities and how our industry can contribute to social mobility.

Attendees will get the chance to ask questions of, and share their own experiences relating to wellbeing and work with, the panellists.

The formal part of the event will conclude with a short presentation about Real Estate Balance and our work, and a call to action for members based in Edinburgh and more widely to come together to develop a network to tackle issues pertinent to EDI in Scotland.

Everyone will then be encouraged to keep the conversation going over networking drinks and canapés.

If you would like to attend, please request a place using the button above and please do share with your colleagues who may also want to attend.