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Zoopla launches ‘sales sector committee’ of leading figures to steer decision making

Portal reveals six agents involved in the board and the five people drawn from industry suppliers, Propertymark and Zoopla.

Nigel Lewis

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Zoopla has named the eleven industry figures who have been appointed to the portal’s Sales Advisory Board.

The names, who are from some of the UK’s leading estate agencies, are being brought in to bring ‘agents into the heart of the decision making’ at Zoopla and ‘maximise customer collaboration’.

These agents are Oliver Blake (pictured, below), MD of Your Move & Reeds Rains, who will chair the group along with Kate Randall (MD of TPFG), Ian Fry (National Operations Director, Connells Group), Lisa MacKenzie (Sales Director, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, Sharon Donaldson, MD of, Countrywide) and James Bunning, Managing Director (director, Arun Estates).

Nathan Emerson from Propertymark is also on the board, as is Ben Quinney from FocalAgent and Jamie Cooke from iamsold.

The move by Zoopla, which follows the formation of a similar ‘lettings board’ late last year, is perceived by some within the industry to be an attempt to counter Boomin’s decisoin in July 2021 to sign up leading agents to its ‘voice of the agents’ board.

Non-regulatory

Zoopla’s new ‘sales board’ is to be an independent, non-regulatory group to support the successful and sustainable growth of the residential sales market, while also ensuring vendors and buyers remain at the heart of all decision making.

This board will meet on a quarterly basis, with the first gathering having already taken place last month.

Zoopla is represented by its Chief Commercial Officer Andy Marshall, who is also Vice-Chair of the board, and Richard Donnell, Executive Director – Research.

oliver blake“The Sales Advisory Board represents a great opportunity for the industry to share a platform, debate challenges and opportunities to improve the moving process for consumers,” says Blake.

“In a post-pandemic environment we have seen advancements in technology and new ways of working which, if endorsed and encouraged by industries that influence the housing market, could lead to greater collaboration from agents, lenders and conveyancers, ultimately simplifying the process of buying and selling property.”

April 6, 2022

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