About Us

Acknowledging the growing number of infrastructure developments and the need for developers to engage more effectively with landowners, Blackhall & Powis commenced trading in 2017. The business was established to support energy and infrastructure providers to assemble rights in land and other consents for their projects. Over the years we have grown steadily to accommodate the demand. Now we are one of the few consultancies fully focused on representing developers and acquiring authorities.

Meet Our Team

John Hillis
Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with over 12 years’ experience. Self-employed providing property advice to energy, utilities and infrastructure providers. Immediate past Head of Land and Communities at Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Plc. Chairman of the Rural Professional Group Board of the RICS in Scotland. Commercially Endorsed Powerboat Skipper.
Catriona McLachlan
Catriona McLachlanBsc(Hons) MRTPI PIEMA
Catriona comes from a west coast farming and crofting family. She has been responsible for the delivery of land assembly strategies and robust land agreements across a variety of energy projects. With a background in Environmental Management, she has also delivered planning and environmental support for a number of energy developments. Catriona is a Chartered Town Planner, holds a Practitioner membership with IEMA and is working towards her MRICS qualification.
Nigel Fraser
Nigel FraserBLE (HONS) MRICS
Chartered Surveyor, Land Agent and Estate Manager with over 20 years of experience. Formerly a partner within a national firm of property consultants. Particular expertise in renewable energy generation and rights over land. Partner in his families’ holiday business in Inverness-shire, a farmer, owner-operator of a micro hydro scheme, café, tea plantation and Chairman of a conservation organisation.
Laura Mills
Laura MillsBSC (HONS)
GIS professional with over 12 years’ experience. GIS and Data Manager at Blackhall and Powis, providing maps, plans and GIS support. Previously worked with SSE Renewables Developments UK Ltd. as GIS Analyst. Detail-oriented, highly organised and professionally certified in use of industry standard ArcGIS suite of software.
Karen Carr
Karen CarrBusiness Operations Supervisor
With over 18 years administrative experience and 8 years as an office manager, Karen provides core services to the business and provides support to our clients. Supervising business operations including accounts, finance and marketing, Karen is more than capable of keeping our HQ and team in order.
Bill Roberston
Bill RoberstonConsultant
Bill supports the Blackhall & Powis team as a consultant. Experienced in all aspects of land agency work through 27 years within Scottish and Southern Energy Estates and Wayleaves and a further 15 years in Private Practice. In addition to securing land rights for infrastructure projects Bill supports clients in the negotiation of Injurious Affection Claims. Called on by SHE Transmission to participate in Port Ann / Carradale Emergency in March 2013. Bill ensured the Emergency Team continued to have access to site by managing Landowners and Occupiers.
Iain Wright
Iain WrightBSc(agri) PGdip(FBOM)
Iain started out life on a dairy farm in South West Scotland and is still involved in farming in the area. Iain’s agricultural background enables him to understand both our client’s and landowners requirements. With strong negotiation skills and experience in the Renewable Energy Sector Iain supports clients in project development and construction. He is also the owner of his own turbine, solar and biomass installations at his property in Wigtownshire.
Philippa Cliff
Philippa CliffBSc (Hons) MSc MRICS
Philippa completed a degree in agriculture before retraining as a chartered surveyor and land agent. She has over 11 years experience of land and property management across a range of asset types. She has been involved in the development of renewable energy schemes for clients, with a particular emphasis on the land consents and commercial terms required to enable the development.
Phil Mellor
Phil MellorBSc MSc PhD
Geographer and GIS professional with 6 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors having previously achieved an MSc with distinction in Geographical Information Science. Phil also received a PhD for his research investigating the renewable energy potential of vacant and derelict land in Scotland. He is adept in spatial problem solving with a strong comprehension of ESRI ArcGIS software.