Lynne Boyd and Ian Macdonald were two Tulloch stalwarts whose long connections with the company came to a close this year and leave with our gratitude, while our seasoned former site manager John Philip will find himself in plenty of hot water in 2021.
Sales director Lynne, completed 35 years as an employee in May but this autumn she retired to start a new life with partner Julian in their beloved Lanzarote.
Ian, latterly commercial manager, racked up 29 years of service before the long-distance commuting up and down the A9 saw him opt to stay closer to his Glasgow home. “There is never a right time to leave”, admitted Lynne, “but we’ve been going to Lanzarote for eight years and we see our future there.”
The first homes she sold for Tulloch were at Silver Birches, Balloch, near Inverness, when a two bedroom semi-detached bungalow sold for only £29,750 – changed days indeed!
Lynne adds: “We started off in sales using Tippex and typewriters before Neil Cameron gave me my first Tulloch computer. Building specs in those days had no such thing as integrated appliances – the design simply left space for a washing machine, fridge and cooker.”
Ian Macdonald started off as a quantity surveyor in Tulloch’s then Stirling office. He recalls: “My first big challenge was in 1992 at Earl’s Court, our development in the grounds of Aberdour Castle in Fife.
“When I joined Tulloch the advertising campaigns emphasised ‘quality’, which was the company ethos and I’m pleased that has carried on right up to the present day in terms of design, specifications and workmanship”, he stressed.
Chief executive George Fraser said: “We greatly appreciate the combined 64 years of outstanding service given by Lynne and Ian. We extend our best wishes for the future.”
On a different note, our seasoned former site manager John Philip is busy resolving a programme of legacy issues to allow Suds (sustainable urban drainage systems) ponds at an array of past Tulloch Homes sites to transfer into Scottish Water’s control and ongoing maintenance responsibility.
It keeps him busy five years after his original retirement from the company he first joined 37 years ago.
John, who lives just outside Forres with his wife Doreen, admits: “I enjoy my continuing Tulloch involvement, it gets me out and about.
“I still cover for site managers at several developments, which keeps me up to speed on what’s happening.
“The Parks, the last development I site managed in 2015, has progressed and is looking impressive. The company, I’m pleased to say, continues to go from strength to strength.”
Suds ponds are a key challenge befitting his vast experience. Some ponds, stretching back 20 years, require to be formally handed over to Scottish Water and John’s role is to liaise with the agency to ensure a smooth transfer.
Chief executive George Fraser said: “John’s continued involvement is greatly valued. His insight and experience are important in his relationship with Scottish Water as he works to complete the handover programme.”
Help is at hand if you are looking to buy a Tulloch Home, but don’t have a large deposit.
If you are eligible for the Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build Scheme, you could receive assistance of up to 15% of the purchase price of a new Tulloch home.
Help to Buy funding - for completions before March 31, 2019, is available on all Tulloch homes up to £200,000.