Propertymark has said it will be revealing more information about why its executive chairman Christopher Hamer resigned suddenly yesterday ‘in the coming days’.
The association’s senior team are otherwise tight-lipped about what has been going on at Propertymark.
But Hamer’s departure is the latest twist in a tempestuous few weeks that has seen NAEA Chief Executive Mark Hayward announce his retirement, ARLA Chief Executive David Cox leave the organisation ‘unwillingly’ and now Hamer’s departure.
Insiders have told The Negotiator that Hamer’s assertive management style have been ruffling feathers in recent months, as has his decision to support the departure of Cox, who is both well connected within government circles and popular with the membership.
A spokesperson for Propertymark said: “We can confirm that Christopher Hamer has decided to stand down as Executive Chairman of Propertymark once a new Chief Executive has been recruited. The Chair’s role going forward will be non-executive as the new Chief Executive will take on the day to day responsibilities of running the business.
Christopher has been in the role for 4 years and in that time has overseen the move towards creating a single Propertymark organisation. The Board would like to thank Christopher for his significant contribution to the organisation and wish him well for the future.”
Christopher Hamer’s departure leaves the management cupboard bare and many people baffled – he was appointed as a direct of Propertymark Ltd only four month ago.
And his resignation means there are only eight directors at Propertymark – Valerie Bannister, Nathan Emerson, Katie Griffin, Nicola Heathcote, Helen Herniman, Simon Wilkinson, John Paul and Richard Selwyn.
Hamer was also a key plank in Propertymark’s efforts to present itself as the leading organisation pushing for regulation of the industry and to make the right noises as government lined up the RoPA committee and its subsequent recommendations.
Hamer arrived from TPO in January 2016 initially as a special advisor and later to lead its board.
And it is also just six months since the Propertymark leadership made a chilly show of unity at its Centrepoint sleepover fundraiser in Stratford, along with over 100 agents and suppliers.