Online-only lettings agency Upad has bagged James Micklethwait, former head of product development at Rightmove, as an advisory board member.
Micklethwait (pictured, left) was responsible for a 100-strong tech team at Rightmove and headed up the portal’s product development. He left Rightmove in September last year after a two-and-a-half-year stint at the portal.
Before that he spent three years at broadcaster ITV and before that nearly eight years at the BBC.
“Since leaving Rightmove I have been drawn to areas where I believe technology has the greatest potential to change our industry,” says James.
“In my view, lettings is one of those areas and I am very impressed with what James and the Upad.co.uk team have achieved to date. I look forward to helping the company achieve its ambitious growth plans.”
James Davis, (pictured, right) CEO of Upad, says: “With our latest figures suggesting that over 90% of UK tenants now start their rental search online, optimising the digital customer journey is imperative. James has unsurpassed expertise in this field, specifically relating to property searchers.”
Upad, which was set up ten years ago by Davis, has also appointed a further big brain to its board – Eddie Holmes of PropTech Consult.
Holmes, as well as being an entrepreneur in his own right, has worked for James Caan’s Spire Ventures where he was instrumental in setting up Pi Labs, the venture capital platform responsible for helping fund and grow Russel Quirk’s emoov as well as start-ups Propoly.com and online mortgage broker Trussle, among others.