Ian Austin

Job title: Director, Head of Department

Department: Utilities, Energy & Infrastructure

Location: Edinburgh & Castle Douglas

Tel (Edinburgh): 0131 449 1151

Tel (Castle Douglas): 01556 512 151

Email: IA@drrural.co.uk

Key areas of work:

  • Planning & Development contract and sale negotiations
  • Wayleave, Servitude and 3rd party Access negotiations
  • Utility Claims
  • Energy and Renewable contract negotiation

Also experienced in:

  • Compulsory Purchase
  • Agricultural Landlord & Tenant
  • Sales & Lettings
  • Valuations
  • Strategic Business Consultancy

Professional background:

Ian is the head of the Utilities, Energy and Infrastructure Department. Ian joined D&R in August 2015 becoming a Director of the business in August 2018. Ian practices across Scotland but with a particular focus to the Central Belt and his home area of Dumfries and Galloway where he heads up the Castle Douglas office.

Ian completed his studies at the University of Aberdeen where he gained a First-Class Degree in Property and Finance. Having been brought up on the family Beef and Sheep farm near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway, he returned to the area and completed his professional training.  Ian is a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), RICS Registered Valuer and a Fellow of the Central Association for Agricultural Valuers (FAAV) having won the President’s Prize for the highest mark in the Scottish CAAV exam in 2013. Ian is also a past President of the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuation Association (SAAVA) and Past Scottish Chairman of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Outside of work

Ian enjoys traveling and hiking having been to Base Camp Everest, the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro and the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. He also enjoys a day’s game shooting or watching a good movie.