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Women fill key positions at Propertymark for first time

Newly elected Vice Presidents at both organisations are female too, another first for NAEA and ARLA.

Nigel Lewis

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have revealed who won their recent leadership elections following a secret four-week hustings.

Billed as an opportunity that “allows you to shape your organisation and to have your voice heard” the election was for both organisations’ Vice Presidents, whose role is to support the President and President Elect.

The elected Vice Presidents are Michelle Niziol for ARLA, who agents will recognise from BBC TV’s The Apprentice from last year, and Lauren Scott for NAEA.

It is the first time women have been elected to both positions at the same time. The new line up is:


Sally Lawson
Sally has 27 years’ experience in the lettings industry, and is CEO and Founder of the national lettings franchise Concentric as well as West Midlands lettings agency Lawsons. The two organisations merged recently.


President Elect
Peter Savage
A former professional drummer until the mid-1980s Peter then set up a property business in Spain, which he sold in 1990 and then returned to the UK. He now works as a consultant to an Essex lettings firm and a block management firm.

Vice President
Michelle Niziol
Until recently 35-year-old Michelle was best known as a founder of IMS, a mortgage, lettings and property solutions firm based in Oxfordshire. Then last year she appeared on BBC TV’s The Apprentice, where although Michelle didn’t win, she garnered a reputation as a “relentless workaholic”.

“We’d like to extend our thanks to Nik Madan, who has brought a great deal to the role over the last year; his deep understanding of the sector was instrumental in the launch of Propertymark,” says David Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark.

“I am pleased to welcome Sally to the role – she’s a highly experienced individual and is extremely committed to the industry, we are excited to have her on board.”


Katie Griffin
Following a distinguished career working for global property firm DTZ in London, Katie moved to join Devon agent Sawdye & Harris. Katie also sits on the advisory board of The Guild of Property Professionals.


President Elect
Mark Bentley
After ten years at General Accident Property Services, Mark joined Birmingham agent Paul Carr where he is currently a director. He is also a director of a local surveying firm.

Vice President
Lauren Scott
Laurent set up Newcastle estate agent Trading Places when she was 21 years old in 2007 and has led the business since, helping create one of the city’s best-known property businesses.

“David [Mackie, outgoing President] has brought great energy to the role, and we thank him for his hard work. Katie is an active member and is committed to raising standards within the industry, sharing best practice and nurturing future talent,” says Mark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark.

“I look forward to working with her more closely to drive awareness of our new consumer-facing focus as NAEA Propertymark.”


June 21, 2017

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