Cuppa Catch-Up with… Sam Collings

We saw Sam, our Business Development Manager, enjoying the June Summer sun so we took the opportunity to ask him a few quick questions. Here’s what he had to say…

What's your background and what do you currently do in your role?

I have done many interesting and varied roles in the past, all within Financial Services, ranging from mortgage underwriting to agricultural asset finance. My current role within LPS Scotland is to help support our clients and develop our overall business. 

This comes at a very interesting time, with so many changes in the industry here in Scotland. I’m really keen to understand from our existing clients and industry bodies on how we can best support agents, landlords and tenants.

What’s the most interesting role you have done in the past?

Undoubtedly agriculture asset finance, such a varied industry with lots of characters and stories! Interestingly at that time, it was very similar to the Private Rented Sector with lots of change mainly driven by EU laws and regulations.

If you had one piece of advice for landlords, agents and tenants, what would it be?

Keep up with the changes in regulation. With so much change happening in the future it’s essential all landlords, agents and tenants understand their changing responsibilities and embrace the change.

What are you most proud of?

Completing the Edinburgh “full” marathon. After 20 years of enjoyment doing no exercise, I thought I would join a gym in 2009 and 12 months later, decided that it would be a good idea to do a marathon. Never again! Although I did enjoy the last 100 metres.

Where would your home be, if it could be anywhere?

That’s a great question. I’ve been to so many places in the past it would be really difficult to pinpoint one location, however the essential criteria would be next to the sea and on a golf course!

Cuppa Catch-up with… Daren

We spotted Daren, our Head of Tenancy Deposit Protection, waiting for his venti triple espresso macchiato in the coffee stand queue and took the opportunity to ask him a few quick questions…

What are you most proud of?

That would definitely be setting up The LPS Scotland, and growing it to where we are now. I’m proud we’ve been able to build a valuable scheme in partnership with our clients.

What's one piece of advice you would give landlords, agents and tenants?

Communicate with each other. A friendly relationship always minimises the risk of problems at the end of the tenancy. Plus it will be much easier to agree a way forward, should any deductions need to be made to the deposit.

Can you tell us one thing people don't know about you?

I was once a landlord at a pub which was featured on a famous comedy sitcom! I say famous – it was a spin-off from Only Fools and Horses called The Green Green Grass. It followed ‘Boycie’, who’d headed to Shropshire for a new life - somehow it lasted for four series!

Where would your home be, if it could be anywhere?

Edinburgh! Of all the cities I have visited my favourite by far is Edinburgh. I love the old buildings and there is so much for the family to do.