Meet The Team

Richard Gilliland

About Richard


Richard is a founding director of Gilliland Neilson Brown as well as Managing Partner of our associated Chartered Accountancy practice, Gilliland & Company.

Along with other professional partnerships that we work with, Richard firmly believes in and promotes this co-operative approach to ensure that the client experience is objective and professional. Richard has extensive experience within property, leisure and entrepreneurial sectors and in addition, has a number of Board appointments within successful, privately-owned Scottish companies. He is a family man whose interests are many and varied, a keen football supporter and a knowledgeable art collector.

Ailsa  Brown

About Ailsa

Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

With 35 years’ experience in financial services, Ailsa is a Chartered Financial Planner, and a holder of the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate.  She is a past Regional Chair of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers and the Women’s IFA Group, strongly supporting the principle of professional independent advice.

Ailsa’s wealth of financial planning experience is put to good use advising a small number of clients on their day to day financial needs, with a particular focus on investments and technical pension planning.  She also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee who oversee the portfolios of funds used for clients’ investments.

She has varied interests away from the office, including being a keen gardener, particularly of vegetables.  Holidays are usually spent cycling in the UK and Europe, and when not in training for the cycling holidays, she enjoys playing the clarinet, and is working slowly towards her Grade 7 exam.

Steven Mason

About Steven

Director & Chartered Financial Planner

Steven joined the firm in late 2014 and was appointed as a Director of the business in 2017. He started out in Engineering, through the family business, and progressed to achieving a PhD from where he launched a company based on patents he invented for a 3D display that did not require glasses.

After seeing the light, he changed careers to move into Financial Services, and with his Academic and Engineering background quickly achieved Chartered Status, and has since progressed to Fellowship of the CII, picking up various awards for meritorious achievement along the way.

Steven has expertise in areas such as Pensions, Investments, Inheritance Tax, Long Term Care and Cash Flow Modelling.

Outside of work he is a keen snowboarder and golfer.

Alan Woods

About Alan


Alan is also a founding director of the business, which we feel is crucial in demonstrating the continuity and stability of our organisation. Like Richard, he combines this role along with his duties as a Partner with Gilliland & Company, whom he joined in 1992. Alan services clients across a wide range of businesses including property, IT, professional practices, PR, and the licensed trade. Alan is a keen sportsman, from cycling to skiing, as well as possessing an excellent knowledge of and talent for music.

Karen Blaney

About Karen

Financial Adviser

Karen joined Gilliland Neilson Brown in August 2014 as an Administrator, bringing with her extensive experience in the world of protection. Since then, Karen has successfully completed her Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and has now been promoted to Financial Adviser within the company. Karen is currently working towards Chartered Status, and when she is not studying, her interests include reading, spending time watching her children playing tennis and rugby and attending the gym.

Paul Cruickshank

About Paul

Senior Administrator

Paul joined Gilliland Neilson Brown in October 2014 as a Senior Administrator, bringing with him considerable experience in the Financial Services profession. A particularly well qualified administrator, holding the Diploma in Financial Services, Paul is able to assist clients with information and support when their adviser is unavailable and has quickly built up the trust of clients and professional connections alike.

His interests include football, fitness and movies and is a keen, but useless, golfer.

Kayleigh Smith

About Kayleigh


Kayleigh joined us as an Administrator in April 2019 bringing over 11 years financial services experience.  She deals with portfolio reviews, fund switching and all general administration duties within the office.

Her interests include watching live motorsports, attending live music concerts and travelling to new places whenever she gets the chance.  She also volunteers at a local Dance School every Saturday morning.

Stuart MacPhee

About Stuart


Stuart joined the firm in September 2018 as a Paraplanner having built up valuable experience in other financial service companies. After graduating with an LLB in Law (Hons), Stuart decided to go down the financial advice route by first completing a Msc in Investment and Finance, before moving on to the professional exams that will enable him to obtain his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning from the CII, which he hopes to complete by the end of 2019. Following this Stuart hopes to move onto providing financial advice and achieving Chartered status with the CII.

Outside of work Stuart likes to keep active, regular attending the gym as well as playing golf at his local club. Having recently started Skiing, Stuart is looking to progress his skills in the hope of one day getting down the piste without falling.

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