The NAEA and ARLA have both ushered in their new presidential teams following the Propertymark annual general meeting and dinner at London’s Savoy hotel on Friday, including the appointment of Ian Westerling (pictured, right) as Vice President of NAEA.
Ian recently stepped down as Managing Director of Humberts after the ailing firm was sold to a travel company, and now holds a ‘special projects’ role at the company.
He is joined by Mark Bentley (pictured, left) of Birmingham agency Paul Carr who replaces outgoing President Katie Griffin, and Lauren Scott of Whitley Bay firm Trading Places (pictured, below) who is now President Elect.
As well as looking forward to meeting the fellow member agents, Mark says he also wants to work “with the Propertymark board in encouraging the government to move forward with their indicated intention to look to regulate the sector and to find a way to speed up the house buying and selling process”.
ARLA’s new team at the top is Peter Savage (pictured, left), who is now the organisation’s president, replacing Sally Lawson.
Peter has been ARLA president before during 2015/16 and is chairman of Oxfordshire lettings agency Simplify Housing, the website for which was offline when The Negotiator tried to access it. He also works as a consultant to overseas property companies seeking to break into the UK.
He now has the unenviable job of helping steer the lettings industry through what could be one of its most challenging and controversial periods after the Welsh and English tenant fees bans go live next year.
Peter is joined at ARLA’s top table by Phil Keddie, who is now its President Elect.
He runs a lettings firm called Sunshine Rentals in Exmouth, Devon and will be working alongside ARLA’s new Vice President Richard Selwyn, who recently joined Belvoir as its head of lettings in Welwyn and St Albans in Hertfordshire.
This is the second year of Propertymark’s modified electoral process, which changed last year from a nomination based vote to candidates being selected for the two roles of President and Vice President before then going to a secret ballot.