‘A good opportunity to challenge myself’

Daniel Stinson is a Graduate Quality Surveyor and The Gleeds Global Challenge Charity Champion for the Edinburgh office. The event that he has organised is a 14-mile walk through the Pentland Hills Regional Park, a long beautiful trail that takes approximately 8 hours to complete.

It is a big move, going from quality surveyor to event chief organiser

It all started a few months ago when Corporate Communications Director, Michelle Melvin, came to our office to launch the Gleeds’ Global Challenge. As the only graduate in the office, I decided to put myself forward as a Charity Champion, I saw it as a good opportunity to get more responsibility and challenge myself.

And has it been a challenge?

I have never organised an event for so many people, so it’s definitely well out of my comfort zone, but I quite like that. It has definitely been a good experience.

Was choosing an activity easy?

We considered a few ideas, like a night time cycle through Edinburgh, but after a few meetings with the office staff we narrowed it down to the 14-mile walk through the Pentland Hills Regional Park. We opted for this one because it’s something everyone in the office can get involved with, on the same day.

So people in the office reacted well to the idea?

They have been very committed, they’ve cleared their diaries for the entire day to take part in the event. Now our main obstacle is the weather, Scotland can be very cold at this time of the year, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather holds for us.

Tell us about the charity you are supporting.

The charity we picked is St Columba’s Hospice, an independent charity that provides support and care for those with life-limiting illnesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We picked this charity in memory of our friend and colleague, Donald Rae. This charity cared for him in his final weeks and it is our way of thanking them and remembering him.



Julian Barlow

Julian Barlow
PR Consultant