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Exclusive: New Propertymark CEO job spec excludes estate agents from applying

Trade association says it wants someone with wider experience other than just insider knowledge of the industry.

Nigel Lewis


At the same time Propertymark said goodbye to ARLA boss David Cox on Friday it was quietly briefing London recruitment firm Saxton Bampfylde with details of the kind of person it hopes can be found to fill the new CEO role, The Negotiator can reveal.

Surprisingly, Propertymark says it wants someone who does not have a track record in the industry – which in part explains Cox’s departure – but will need to have an interest in property and a track record in regulation and professional membership bodies, and help drive up profits and turnover.

“The successful candidate will be a dynamic, communicative and commercial leader, capable of leading the organisation towards ‘one Propertymark’, capitalising on opportunities to bolster its position as a leader and voice of authority in the sector,” the briefing document says.

“Candidates will bring substantial experience of strategic leadership at a comparable scale to Propertymark.”

The document also suggests that Propertymark is unifying into one organisation because both it and the industry faces an extremely challenging few years as the effects of Covid, the soon-to-implemented Code of Practice, a property regulator and Brexit bear down on agents and the housing market.

“Central to the future success of Propertymark is an ambitious programme of transformational change, which will see the organisation building on its strong foundations to shape the future culture of the organisation, and ensure the highest standards are met internally and externally, with the consumer at the heart of everything it does,” the document says.

“Operating in a fast-evolving sector anticipating a number of significant legislative changes Propertymark has the chance to consolidate its position as the industry-leading body, by capitalising on the opportunities such changes will bring.”

The successful candidate will report into Propertymark’s chair Christopher Hamer, be paid a competitive salary depending on their experience, implement the organisation’s thee-year strategy and be based in at its offices in Warwick and London.

The new candidate is expected to announced in September or October.

Read the brief in full.

July 27, 2020


  1. Well the closing date for applications is the 4th of August, so a week for Alison Platt to get her application in. But big questions remain; – Why is there such a hurry to fill the vacancy and why have Mark Hayward & David Cox left so suddenly, creating a succession vacuum? Given the NAEA Propertymark laud themselves as the ‘thoughtful, professional and regulatory arm’ of the real estate profession, they seem to be doing a really good impression of a circus act.

    With real estate in a state of flux, and the pandemic changing the way all verticals of business are conducted, there has never been a greater need for someone who can see what is going on, what the future holds and can de-risk the organization, and get the rank and file to believe in the NAEA’s vision, at the same time modernising and growing the membership.

    For me real estate is now another data and technology industry, we see over 50 proptech companies a month, if the NAEA wants to be credible and survive, its head should have the greatest knowledge around where ‘traditional agency and proptech agency join’ and who will be the winners and losers.

  2. Doesn’t need to have a track record in the property industry? To lead an organisation that is 100% about property? This is madness!! David Cox had proven himself in the lettings arm but was denied the opportunity to prove himself in the new role. Just by looking at the posts relating to his leaving ARLA, it is obvious that he was very popular among its members, aside from his many achievements there, he brought a certain friendliness to an otherwise starchy old boys club. In my mind Christopher Hamer (who I personally find to be unapproachable and unfriendly) has made a huge mistake.

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