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.