Propertymark has announced that Mark Hayward, who for the past seven years has headed up the NAEA, is to stay on at the trade organisation after stepping down from his position as Chief Executive.
The announcement appears to be in preparation for the organisation to become a single entity under the Propertymark name, although the organisation’s spokesperson would not confirm or deny this when asked.
But such a plan was unveiled in July. “When Propertymark was established it was always intended that we would become the single voice to represent the interests of the property industry continuing to recognise the particular business requirements of sales, lettings, auctions and commercial transfers,” a spokesperson said at the time.
Hayward, who has an unmatched contacts book at governmental level, is to delay his retirement for a year to support Propertymark’s recently-arrived CEO Tim Balcon.
The two will work to restructure the policy and external affairs activities and ensure the different disciplines across Propertymark are represented equally and effectively across the UK.
“I am delighted that Mark has agreed to stay on for a further 12 months, this will ensure continuity of support to our members at this unprecedented time,” says Balcon (left).
“Mark’s experience will be invaluable in the transformation programme and will give us time to ensure we get the right calibre and experience within the team to build on our work with industry partners, stakeholders and authorities across the UK.”
On July 21st David Cox, who headed up ARLA as its chief executive, quit and later joined Rightmove but to date his former role has not been filled, ARLA’s president Angela Davey has taken over some of Cox’s duties.