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First ever Wrongful Termination Order granted

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New ARLA Propertymark President ‘honoured to be the first from Wales’ rises to the challenge ahead

Wednesday 02 September 2020

Angela Davey, Head of Lettings and Property Management at Peter Alan in Wales, takes over the reins as the new ARLA Propertymark President from 2 September, succeeding Phil Keddie, who had a successful extended term despite negotiating unprecedented times.

ARLA Propertymark is delighted to welcome Angela, who is honoured to take on the role and for being the first Welsh ARLA Propertymark President. She brings over 30 years’ experience, along with vital knowledge of working with Government and advising on the practical implications of regulation in the Private Rented Sector in Wales.

Angela started out in 1990 Royal Insurance Property Services, moving on to Peter Alan in 2003 as Head of Lettings and Property Management. Early in her career, she became an ARLA Propertymark member, progressing to becoming a regional representative for South Wales before joining the ARLA Propertymark Board.

Throughout her career, Angela has worked tirelessly raising the profile of ARLA Propertymark in Wales, advising Government on housing policy, and consulting for Rent Smart Wales on training for landlords and agents. Her election as ARLA Propertymark President continues that tradition, giving her a platform to make an impact across the whole of the UK.

Passing the baton

ARLA Propertymark, the Propertymark Board, and all the staff at Arbon House would like to extend their thanks to Phil Keddie for his achievements during his presidency. Phil made it his mission to champion small independent agencies, who he saw as the backbone of ARLA Propertymark, and ensure they got the most out of their membership. A key part of this was providing much needed support during several monumental changes to legislation, like the Tenant Fees Act 2019 and more recently the Electrical Safety Regulations.

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, this work ramped up further as the Government released new legislation to help tackle the crisis. The work during this period, providing crucial guidance during uncertain times.

Phil was also passionate about using his platform to give back to society, teaming up with NAEA Propertymark President Lauren Scott to drive Propertymark’s involvement in the Great Agent Sleep Out, raising over £66,000 to tackle homelessness.

Looking ahead, Phil is happy to be handing over the presidency to an industry expert and an ardent backer of ARLA Propertymark, in an important time for the organisation with regulation on the horizon.

Phil Keddie

Phil Keddie
ARLA Propertymark Past President

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I welcome Angela into the ARLA Propertymark Presidential Team. Angela brings a wealth of knowledge from her years in the industry, and her unique insight into how the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) will develop as we move towards a regulated industry in England will be invaluable, based on her experience with Rent Smart Wales.

 

Looking to the year ahead

Armed with her extensive experience, Angela is ready to tackle the key objectives for the organisation in the coming months, including ‘One Propertymark’ and RoPA. She is looking forward to working with all ARLA Propertymark members to help with the key issues they face day-to-day, such as the need for more support from Government for landlords, which has become particularly apparent during the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Angela Davey
ARLA Propertymark President

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Taking over the Presidency during a global pandemic, which has major repercussions for our industry and our members, is clearly a huge challenge but I am relishing the opportunity to make a real difference.

I am looking forward to bringing all parts of Propertymark together as one so that we can lead the field of regulated trade bodies. Another key objective is to use my experience to help bring forward regulation across the UK, ensuring that any new regulation is backed by vigorous enforcement.

I believe very strongly in central Government seeking to put in place dedicated housing courts across the country to ensure that justice can be given to both landlords and tenants in these unprecedented times.

Ensuring that our members' concerns are brought to the forefront and their support from us remains a priority for me.