Introducing Your Expert Trainers
Location you live in: Edinburgh, Scotland
Where do you invest: Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow, Fife, Swindon, Edinburgh, Southport & London
What Strategies do you specialise in: Started out with simple buy to lets and social housing quickly progressing to HMO’s across a number of locations including a mixture of professionals, holiday lets and student tenants. In the middle of a global pandemic we opened an 11 bed Boutique Smart Guesthouse/ Hotel. We continue to add buy to lets and are negotiating on securing a warehouse
Career / Background before property Originally from Edinburgh and graduated from Aberdeen University 1998, I worked in corporate recruitment, then set up my own International recruitment company in January 2007 for it to stop generating any money in 2008 due to the global recession. That recession led to us to accumulate a large sum of debt (£80,000) with no plan to recover from it.
How & when did you get started in property etc: I had been buying property (not very well) for 10 years before learning how to build a portfolio like a professional. I bought my first property in 1998 and used all my savings to buy it. From there any investment property I bought was purchased using savings from my salary which was a long, laborious and painful process, I just couldn't work out how some people had so many properties – they must have had lots of money to start with?!?!
We invested in our property education in November 2008 and from there were buying on average 1 property per month. Within 12 months of starting to buy property properly we had created a secure monthly income and then 6 months later the horrible debt had been cleared.
You really don't know what you don’t know!
I’m passionate about showing people there is a way to turn even the most dyer situations into an opportunity by adjusting your mindset, surrounding yourself with people who are in a position you’d like to be in and to take action other people are not prepared to take.
I am an international trainer and speaker who has been the lead trainer for Robert & Kim Kiyosaki of Rich Dad Poor Dad, Martin Roberts from Homes Under the Hammer, Robbie Fowler’s Property Academy, Steve Backley and Roger Black’s Perform in Property for 10 years. I have trained hundreds of thousands of people to buy income generating assets in the UK property market during the highs and lows of recessions.
I understand the importance of education in many areas and have been trained by some of the world’s leading financial, mindset and entrepreneurial educators and influencers including Robert Kiyosaki of ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’, Nick Vujicic of ‘Limitless’, Brendon Burchard of ‘High Performance Habits’, Tom Hopkins of ‘How to Master the Art of Selling’, Blair Singer of ‘Little Voice Mastery’, and Jim Francis of ‘Sales Code’.
I have more than 11 years of experience speaking in front of audiences from intimate gatherings to big stage events with more than 7000 people at the National Achievers Congress and had global training engagements covering Europe, USA and Asia on topics including:
- Helping people identify their “Why”
- Financial literacy and how to take control of your future
- Overcoming adversity and fear to succeed as an entrepreneur
- Investing in property to create financial security and to give back
- Creating a powerful mindset for success and resilience
My ‘Why” are my boys and my Westies (crazy dog lady alert!)
Fun fact about you: I won the Junior Scottish Tennis championships when I was 16 years old