Our Team

The Practice is committed to the continuous development of its staff. As a knowledge-based enterprise our greatest strength lies in the skills and abilities of those who work for the practice and it is this which will encourage clients to return-this is our ‘product’. It is therefore vital to ensure that staff continue to develop their abilities and build upon their existing skills. All staff regularly attend CPD seminars and courses.

David and Andy follow more strategically based subjects although both have recently been involved in CDM related programmes. Julie follows the horticultural interest of the business.

DWA is proud of its achievements relating to quality which include the continued upkeep of ISO 9001.

In addition to our primary resource, which is the expertise of our staff, we consider it a priority to ensure that we maintain our technical proficiency in order to provide the best service to our clients. We are committed to maintaining our competitive edge in the work that we do and as such ensure that the technical tools that we use are capable and up to date. We use Key Terra Firma ground modelling software to analyse and design topography and earthworks on a range of scales, the latest issues of AutoCAD, Corel draw for presentation purposes, and standardised Microsoft Office and Adobe application for ease and conformity in dealing with administration and correspondence. In addition we have a range of printing and publishing hardware and access to specialist printing companies, should additional presentation be required.

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Also available to the staff are the in house programmes such as Photoshop, In design, Sketch up, Illustrator and photographic stitching software.

The practice is registered with the Landscape Institute (Membership No 454). We are committed to maintaining our competitive edge in the work that we do and as such ensure that the technical tools that we use are capable and up to date.

DWA use Terra Firma ground modelling software to analyse and design topography and earthworks on a range of scales, the latest issues of AutoCAD, Corel Draw for presentation purposes and standardised Microsoft and adobe application for ease and conformity in dealing with administration, correspondence and project management through calendar and diary functions. All staff have a personal server account and email for direct access from clients.

Meet the Team

Andy McLatchie, Director


Andy McLatchie is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Director of DWA. Having worked for David Wilson Associates since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000, Andy worked his way up within the business and took over the running of the company in 2013. A specialist in environmental and landscape visual impact assessments, Andy is a key player in providing support for renewable energy schemes for the practice. He turns his hand to many Masterplans and Landscape Designs, but it’s most notably his recent work on Public Gardens and New Schools that have earned him high praise. Having worked with clients, companies and local authorities throughout the UK, it is Andy’s attention to detail and personal touch that impress.

Julie Spence, Director

BSc (Hort. with Plantsmanship)

Julie Spence is a Horticulturist, a Garden Designer and a Director of DWA Landscape Architects Ltd having worked with the company since 2005. Whilst growing and nurturing her family, she returned to college to follow her passion for horticulture, in her late thirties. After gaining an HNC in Garden Design at Langside College, she moved onto the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh where she obtained a BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship. She was also awarded an Endeavour Prize in recognition of her achievement whilst juggling working full time, travelling and busy family life. Since then, Julie has been involved in projects ranging from private homes to public spaces; mighty oaks to muddy ditches and continues to bring her passion and enthusiasm by the spadeful to each new opportunity.

Malitha Yatiwelle,Landscape Architect

Dip LA (Post Grad) BA Hons Landscape Architecture CMLI

Malitha Yatiwelle is a Landscape Architect with a specialist subject of Planning and Designing. He has worked in practices in London, Hull and Sheffield, as well as acting as a UK representative for companies in Luxemburg and his home country of Sri Lanka. Malitha has been working for the practice since 2012 and during this time has contributed invaluably to the office workload. DWA responded in kind helping him to attain his Chartership with the Landscape Institute. He always brings a creative flair to his designs having worked on a variety of projects, most notably large scale housing projects and new settlements throughout the country, and is very much involved in the production of our company artwork.

Abi Kennedy,Landscape Architect


Abi Kennedy is a Landscape Architect. She started working with the company under David Wilson Associates in 2000 following her graduation from Edinburgh College of Art. She steadily worked her way up in the business to Senior Landscape Architect and achieved her Chartership with the support of the company. In 2005, Abi swapped Lanarkshire for La France hopping across the Channel where she raised her family. She set up her own private consultancy and worked on many private gardens in France and Jersey, as well as some freelance work for DWA. In 2015, Abi moved back to Scotland and began working for DWA permanently. An expert at master planning and with an aptitude for artistry, Abi is designer with a full palette of skills.

Rory Spence,Landscape Assistant

Rory Spence is DWA’s Landscape Technician and general computer genius. With a background in the creative industry, Rory is adept at picking up the finer details whilst seeing the bigger picture. He can wrangle a revision into submission and is skilled at producing his own designs too. Ever the innovator, and having a natural talent with the various software and systems used, Rory is also responsible for much of the in-house graphics and programming. An artist in his own right, Rory enjoys writing, film-making and photography, with the juxtaposition of nature and industry a common theme.

Jenny Parry,Landscape Assistant

Jenny Parry is a Landscape Assistant dealing with revisions, some design work and site inspections. Jenny has a creative background in writing and theatre production, as well as experience working within local authority. She began working for DWA in 2013 in an Administrative role dealing with accounts, and returned to work after maternity leave in 2016 to take on this new role with aplomb. With an avid interest in plants and trees, she is currently studying Horticulture with the support of DWA to further her knowledge. When she’s not planting trees into drawings, she can be found planting them in her garden.

Mandy Simpson,Office Manager

Mandy Simpson is the unflappable Office Manager tasked with the maintaining the office policies and procedures, as well as keeping a watchful eye on the accounts. She also ensures that DWA is in line with our many external accreditations ranging from Health and Safety to Investors in People. Mandy previously worked as a Customer Services Training Officer for one of the leading private airlines for over 22 years. Based between Glasgow and Heathrow, she honed her organisational and customer service skills, and delivered courses throughout Europe, in Dubai, Mumbai and Las Vegas.

Sonia Muir,Admin Assistant

Sonia Muir is DWA’s Administrative ace; a key player in the organisation and day to day running of the office. From keeping the invoices in line and the accounts adding up, Sonia brings some sparkle to the numbers. A qualified beauty therapist with years of experience in retail management for some of the biggest industry names, she now works her magic on the various lines of communications with our clients, including the website. Sonia is often your first point of contact when calling the office, and guaranteed to brighten your day.