THE managing partner of Shepherd has been appointed chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland in the professional body’s 150th anniversary year.

Ian Fergusson, who heads a firm with a presence throughout Scotland, highlighted the importance of attracting talent to the profession as well as huge changes facing surveyors.

Mr Fergusson said he looked forward to “playing an active part in helping inspire the next generation of surveyors”.

He added: “Attracting new talent to the profession is one of our key drives, as well as continually reviewing how we fit our traditional professional services values into a rapidly evolving new world of mega-cities and connected economies through multiple media platforms.”