Having read Mathematical Sciences at Edinburgh University in 1984, Alan graduated and joined the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in Aberdeen. All types of property were valued from footpaths to commercial estates.
In 1990 Alan joined Scottish Amicable as a Portfolio Manager to run 1/3 of the life fund’s property portfolio. Recognising that property strategy (being in the right sector at the right time) was key to successful fund management, Alan established the strategy for the property business and later contributed to the all asset strategy for Scottish Amicable Investment Managers Ltd. Quickly moving into the investment side and winning the confidence of his peers, Alan won the property pension fund of Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund in open competition, who remain an investor with Keills today.
Alan has held a number of directorate positions and sat on the executive board of Aberdeen Property Investors. In 2004 Aberdeen sold the business to Arlington Property Investors and Alan ran the Glasgow office prior to his departure in 2005. Alan was invited to join Noble Group, a boutique investment bank in Edinburgh and London where he established the core client base of high net worth investors and pension funds, now with Keills.
In October 2008, Alan led the management buy-out of the Noble property fund management business, moving it to Glasgow and creating Keills. Since that time Keills has raised over £20m from various investors and developed its strategy of RPI investing.
Alan has represented clients and investment managers alike on industry forums including the Investment Property Forum and Alan continues as a committee member of one of MSCI/IPD’s consultative committees. Alan is a keen hill walker, and enjoys retreating to the Argyll coastline and to Keills, the inspiration behind the company.