At the age of 18 Jocelyn began the long process of restructuring the family’s property holdings by developing and managing a portfolio of 25 rental properties in his native Scotland.
Taking this experience with him, he joined the Edinburgh office of Knight Frank International where he worked for 5 years negotiating sales and marketing high-end residential real estate from $250,000 to $7 million.
Shortly after the break-up of the USSR and always eager for a new challenge, Jocelyn simultaneously helped to found a business trading soft commodities and developing regeneration projects in the transitional economies of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe – particularly Russia, Belarus, Romania and Azerbaijan. Jocelyn successfully launched four UK government-funded projects in the fields of agriculture, forestry, textiles, land and real estate acquisition working between US, Ireland, Central Europe and the UK.
Jocelyn moved to France in 2000, managing to combine his experience of international property and his love of writing with the Agora Group, as a contributing editor and International Living’s country manager for France and Central Europe. As such, Jocelyn helped many overseas clients to identify and purchase properties in Paris and France as well as participating in global conferences, real estate and investment tours – always happiest pioneering roving-editor adventures to some of Europe’s wildest frontiers such as Serbia and Albania.
When an opportunity to work in undervalued land development in Central America came up in 2005, Jocelyn made the move across the Atlantic working in real estate and resort development in Nicaragua and Panama. Having decided to make his base in Panama, Jocelyn went on to establish the Panama office of a successful UK creative design agency specialising in all aspects of real estate marketing. Within the last 2 years, the company has developed a unique interactive sales tool for developers, housebuilders and realtors now being used successfully worldwide.