The Team

Lesley Baxter

Practice Manager

With a background in finance and experience across a range of businesses, Lesley supports all aspects of our practice administration and is responsible for the day to day management of our finances.

Lesley also takes a lead role in our long term contract with The Scottish Parliament, providing support on the project management of the contract and ensuring all key performances are measured and reported.

Methodical and conscientious, Lesley oversees our Practice Procedures and Standards and keeps a close eye on our sustainability agenda within the office, managing and encouraging the re-use and recycling of materials wherever possible.

Michael Doherty ARB, RIAS, RIBA

Senior Associate Architect

Mike has been with the Practice since 1995 and brings a wealth of experience to the practice, spanning both public and private sector projects and across a diverse range of projects

He is responsible for the coordination of all technical, contractual and legislative matters in the office and ensures that the practice keeps abreast of these by regularly attending RIBA seminars and accredited courses across the industry, sharing his knowledge with the wider team and mentoring our less experienced staff.

Mike was project Architect for the restoration of the Coach Houses at The Haining in Selkirk, receiving the EAA Conservation/Regeneration Award for this as well as a Civic Trust Commendation.

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Nicola Hall ARB, RIAS


Nicola has been with the Practice from when it first established an office in Canaan lane in 1993 and is an experienced Architect and skilled designer.

Her early experience on interior projects for the National Galleries and National Museums of Scotland provided a solid foundation for larger and more complex projects. These have ranged from new housing and offices, to major office and factory refurbishment projects and a range of interior projects including spa, hotel and cafeteria.

She has a keen interest in the adaptation and re-use of existing buildings and the integration of new contemporary design within traditional buildings.

Nicola is responsible for mentoring the new trainees, overseeing our Scottish Business Pledge and supports our local primary and secondary schools in the promotion of STEM subjects.

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Martin Lambie


Martin Lambie is a qualified Architect and joined Leeboyd in 2019, having over 10 years’ experience working in a range of practices, including Richard Murphy Architects and practices in London, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. In previous employment he gained valuable and varied experience on a range of projects ranging in scale from large commercial developments to crafted domestic work. These included post-graduate student housing, an education building for ARU, the £9m award-winning Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, and most recently taking a lead role in the £4m Galeri Caernarfon Cinema Extension. Martin is highly skilled in 3D modelling, presentation and CAD software and has experience in the delivery of projects using BIM (Haymarket H5 Office) and with BREEAM environmental assessment (H5, ARU Phase 2, Holyrood Postgrad and Justice Mill Lane). He is supporting the development of BIM within the practice and also has a keen interest in sustainable design and adaptive re-use of buildings.

Joao Lima

Senior Architect

Joao is a senior Architect, with a strong technical and project management skills. He has worked with Lee Boyd since 2008 taking a lead role in our long-term contract to the Scottish Parliament. He is highly organised and skilled in project management. His strong technical skills are evident in his ability to maintain the design intent through to the execution of the works on site, through careful detailing and specification.

He supports the management of our CAD systems and is leading our development of BIM capabilities within the offices, as well as our CPD programme of events and training. In addition to his excellent English communication skills, Joao is fluent in Portugese, Spanish and French.

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John Mackenzie


John has been a director since 2001, having joined the practice in 1997. He is an experienced Director and architect and oversees the financial management of the practice as well as leading our sustainability agenda.

The majority of his work has involved the restoration and reorganisation of existing buildings, involving the coordination of complex solutions to meet changing use. He has lead a team of consultants providing design services under a framework for The Scottish Parliament and has developed expertise in designing high levels of security required for such public buildings.

John is managing the implementation of BIM standards within the office utilising Revit software, all in line with PAS 1192.

John also has extensive experience within the residential sector, working for both Housing Associations as well as private developers and at a smaller scale in the management of a number of residential projects for private clients. He has excellent technical skills and ensures the quality and execution of projects is maintained.

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Kelly Minion

Architectural Assistant (with Conservation Expertise)

Kelly undertook her Architectural Training in Australia and supplemented this in Scotland with a Masters in Architectural Conservation. This has led to her involvement in many of the refurbishment and conversion projects undertaken by the practice, including conducting historical analysis and material surveys used as supporting information to feasibility studies.

She joined Lee Boyd in 2005 and has supported a wide range of projects including many of our community projects and work with the University of Edinburgh.

Kelly took responsibility for our refurbishment of Charlotte Chapel, in Edinburgh, managing this complex project on a day to day basis and throughout construction, proving her capability as an able and capable project designer.

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Louise Rarity


Louise’s qualifications and training were in Furniture & Product Design where she gained a Master of Design from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006. During her time with Leeboyd she has used her skills and knowledge of the design process to support to a broad range of projects, managing all aspects of the interior design, from the selection of materials and furniture to the detailed design of bespoke elements. She has a particular interest in upholstery with a keen eye for detailing of upholstered elements.

She has excellent project management and communication skills and has experience of working for clients within both the public and private sectors. Louise also creates the 3d visuals for our projects, which are used for client presentations, fundraising, advertising and marketing.

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Alan Thomson


Alan has been a Lee Boyd Director since 2001 and is responsible for the design and coordination of a variety of exciting projects. He is an experienced Director and leads the resource and quality management within the practice.

He is a talented designer, with a design approach suited to the restoration and reorganisation of existing buildings, bold and contemporary new build, often in difficult contexts and the coordination of complex solutions to meet changing uses.

Alan has worked successfully with many of the major funding bodies on a range of public projects and has considerable experience working with communities, congregations and project stakeholders to promote consultation and collective responsibility

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