Murray was appointed as the Managing Director of Fusion Assets in March 2014, although his involvement with the company stretches back many years. While working for Scottish Enterprise he was responsible for setting up the company in 2006 and was one of the original Board members, prior to joining Wilson Bowden Developments.
With over 25 years’ experience in planning, regeneration and development in both the public and private sectors, Murray is one of Scotland’s most experienced and respected regeneration professionals and a regular conference speaker.
Murray specialises in the complex area where the public sector interacts with the private property market, using his experience and knowledge of both sectors to unlock development opportunities through innovative financial mechanisms and joint venture structures. Under his guidance, Fusion Assets became the first organisation in Scotland to finance a development project through SPRUCE – a new urban regeneration loan fund established by the European Investment Bank and Scottish Government. Previously while working for North Lanarkshire Council he was responsible for developing the successful £73 million Tax Incremental Financing model for the Ravenscraig steelworks site – one of the first TIF schemes approved in the UK.
Ronnie Smith has been the Chief Executive of Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL) since the company was set up in 2002. LESL is an Enterprise Trust, primarily involved in providing business and economic development services to the public sector and is probably best known for its role in delivering the Business Gateway services in Lanarkshire. The company is a regular supplier of advisory and other sub contracted services to a number of other public and private sector bodies including Innovate UK, Scottish Enterprise and Cooperative Development Scotland.
Previously, Ronnie was Managing Director of Hamilton Enterprise Development Company for 10 years and before that served in Local Government for over 12 years, latterly as Head of Economic Development at East Kilbride District Council. Prior to that he worked in the construction sector and ran his own business.
A graduate of both Glasgow School of Art and The University of Stirling, he was a founder member of The Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce. Ronnie also serves currently on the Board of New College Lanarkshire and is Chairman of the Hamilton International Sports Trust. He holds several other board positions as a non executive director.
Des Murray is the Assistant Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council with responsibility for Enterprise and Housing Resources. This includes all planning and regeneration activity, housing management, investment, new build and repairs as well as having wider project responsibility for social care capital works.
Des has almost 30 years experience, working across local government and public / private partnership sectors in a range of business and commercial development, strategy and operational service delivery activity.
He started his career in 1988 in Finance Services, from which he then moved to the construction industry, providing support to a range of commercial and public sector organisations across the UK before ultimately returning some 25 years later to his home council of North Lanarkshire.
In recent times, he has led the successful business transformation of the repairs service for Scotland’s largest local authority landlord and is a key advocate of the role of technology in transforming services.
Councillor Michael Coyle took up his position within North Lanarkshire Council in 2007. He serves on a number of key Council Committees dealing with resources and development, and is particularly focused on the regeneration of town centres, supporting local communities and local businesses. In addition to his commitments within the Council, he is involved in a number of external organisations and is a substitute member of Airdrie Police Board and a member of Airdrie Arts Committee.
Walter Dunlop is a qualified Chartered Surveyor with over 27 years experience of the UK construction and property industry. Formerly an equity Partner of Mackenzie Partnership and a Director with the global construction company Davis Langdon (an AECOM Company) with responsibility for leading the Banking Tax and Finance Fund Monitoring and Construction Business Recovery Team in Scotland. Walter has developed a considerable track record in the field of property finance and investment across a variety of sectors and has gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key issues that drive the development process from both a public and private sector perspective.
Scott Duguid qualified as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor in 1974 and spent the first 12 years of his career as a Surveyor in Local Government . Since then he has worked in Private Practice throughout West Central Scotland carrying out Valuation and Development work . He is currently working as a Consultant Valuation Surveyor dealing with valuations of all types of commercial and industrial property. Amongst other outside interests he is a Past President of Dalziel Rugby Club and still retains an active interest as Corporate Convener for the Club.