Trade association Propertymark has recruited two new staff including an estate agent to help lobby government departments and ministers on behalf of its membership.
The two new staff joining its Policy and Campaigns Officers are Eleanor Bateman and Faye Greaves.
Bateman is an existing ARLA members who has worked at housing association Orbit Group and before that as property manager at an estate agency in Gloucestershire.
Greaves has worked on a range of projects in policy and practice at both Chartered Institute of Housing and the Centre for Homelessness Impact. She has managed mediation and housing advice services and worked within the housing team of a local authority.
The expansion of the Policy and Campaigns team, under the leadership of Chief Policy Advisor Mark Hayward, follows heavy lobbying activity by Propertymark in recent months.
This includes the extension of the stamp duty holiday, business rate relief for the sector, the inclusion of commission in salary calculations for furlough, the speedy re-opening of the housing markets after lockdown and most recently, a reversal of Home Office plans for all adjusted Right to Rent checks to be repeated.
Nathan Emerson, Propertymark CEO, says: “This additional resource will propel our member-focused strategy forwards, ensuring that we continue to give our members a voice in all relevant issues with legislators across the UK.
“Expanding the policy and campaigns capacity further with staff of this calibre, alongside our existing policy and campaign expertise, will enable us to deliver more guidance, have an even bigger voice, and achieve more on behalf of members whether they are working in residential or commercial sales, lettings or auctions.”