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Bruce Hare

Founder

Aberdeenshire native studied architecture at Dundee University and Urban Planning at Edinburgh University before forming JM Architects (JMA) and building a multi-disciplinary consultancy with over 500 people located in offices throughout the UK. Formed Duddingston House Properties (DHP) in 2000 based in London and Edinburgh following an MBO from JMA. DHP has focused primarily on commercial leisure and alternative developments in JV with Institutional Investors. In the last 15 years funded start-up companies in Retail Fashion and Design and remains an advisor and shareholder to several today. Lives between Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye.

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Taco van Heusden

Founder

Taco is a seasoned corporate financier, hard assets investor, and developer. Taco has had a 20-year career in financial services and real estate development, with a focus across investment, asset and development management. A strong business builder, he has participated in or led four start-ups. He has held C-suite positions for the last 7 years. He obtained a BSc in Hotel Administration and a MSc in Finance from Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and was blue chip-trained at UBS Warburg. He has worked as a transactional and operating partner, in both hospitality and real estate. Taco has transacted close to $10billion in financings and projects and raised substantial amounts of money from institutional investors and family offices in Europe and the Middle East.  

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Steven King

Steve has diverse business activities including:
• angel investment in technology start-up businesses as a Member of TRICAPITAL
• serving as a Non-Executive Director or Advisory Board Member for UK and European listed and private companies.
Steve is an experienced Managing Director and C-level executive in the private sector who has a successful track record of building scale-able and sustainable businesses in international markets.
In addition, Steve has a very broad range of skills, knowledge and experience in strategic reviews and due diligence for investment, acquisition and disposal.
Steve holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies and has participated in executive education at London Business School, Harvard Business School and the University Of Edinburgh Business School.

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Daniel Hillman

Is an experienced impact investor and entrepreneur, most recently as Director of Investments and Business Development for Waterfund, a private investment firm he helped create focused on solving global water scarcity through investments in technology and infrastructure. In this capacity, Daniel built and scaled a water desalination and distribution business in the Middle East and led venture capital investments within food and ag-tech companies in the United States. Prior to Waterfund Daniel worked at Hanson Asset Management in London, advising family offices on direct investments with a real assets focus. He also advises closely-held businesses in the UK and the US on implementing growth and M&A strategies.

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Stevie Jarron

From the fishing village of Port Seton, Stevie joined his father on his fishing boat. Stevie then joined the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and graduated from Heriot Watt University, leading to work at SEPA, with Habitat Enhancement and Emerging Issues specialties. Stevie returned to the sea as a research vessel skipper with SAMS and OEL Ltd. Since 2015, Stevie has built the consultancy Argyll Aquaculture Ltd to create and support a seaweed cultivation industry in Scotland. Stevie brings many years of practical seaweed farming experience in site selection, licensing, bespoke farm design, growing line deployment to harvest handling and product logistics. Stevie has led the industry in seaweed farm development at scale.

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Iain Matheson

Grew up on a croft and spent much of his early years learning about the sea. Educated at Lews Castle College gaining his inshore skipper’s ticket followed by Fleetwood Nautical College specialising in Nautical Science. Iain worked off-shore in the oil and gas industry followed by a period working on some of the biggest offshore renewable energy projects in the world. Iain then returned to Skye in 2017 and began his own local business venture fishing for lobster and shellfish and supplying local hospitality businesses. The business has now expanded within buying and exporting shellfish on the Island and worldwide.

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Radek Kotowicz

Studied Public Administration at WSPIA School of Law and Public Administration in Rzeszow taking his first steps in career as Public Officer at the District Police Headquarters in Rzeszow, Poland. Radek moved to the UK in 2012 to study Business and Administration at North Lindsey College. In 2014 joined Duddingston House Properties where he became acquainted with Financial Planning and Analysis through involvement in variety of Property Development projects across Scotland. Radek has a background in electronics and is a self-taught web developer. More recently he became interested in world climate change and took part in the University of Edinburgh’s programme for Climate Change Risk in Finance.

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Richard Brown

Richard Brown has an electronics background and when turning to accountancy, he discovered that there was a certain synergy in identifying and managing a research and development tax claim as one of the first major claims of its type in Scotland. It was in the same software company that he was an early adopter of a government Investment scheme and also provided the accounting due diligence for both Danish venture capital and a subsequent multi-million acquisition by a major North American company. With many years of ‘ground up’ consulting in various industry sectors including both the weird and the wonderful, Richard has a wealth of experience including a particular affinity with financial modelling.

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Grace Hare

Grace Kelly Hare was educated at Loretto school and studied Performing Arts at Northumbria University. Moved to Dubai in 2012 and built a career within Hospitality Operations Management. Relocated in 2020 and is currently based on The Isle of Skye, self-employed and managing various Community based ventures for UAE clients.

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Alan Mearns

Alan supplied the photographs for this website. A frequent visitor to Skye for many years before moving here 15 years ago, his passion is photographing this picturesque island. Living in Waternish he is ideally placed to document the project, and as a computer consultant for the last 30 years offers local IT support as well.