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Zoopla names Lettings Advisory Board members - selected to drive sustainable growth in the lettings market

21st September 2021

Zoopla, the UK’s most comprehensive property destination, is pleased to announce the members of its Letting Advisory Board, as well as unveiling its purpose as it seeks to bring agents into the heart of decision making at Zoopla and maximise customer collaboration.


An independent, non-regulatory group, the board aims to unite leaders and influencers from across the sector to support the successful and sustainable growth of the lettings market, while also ensuring renters and landlords remain at the heart of all decision making. 


The Lettings Advisory Board will take place on a quarterly basis, with the first board taking place last Thursday, September 16th. 


Comprising eleven influential figures, the board has been fortified to provide a cross-section of views from across the property lettings sector. 


Michael Cook, National Lettings Managing Director at Leaders Romans Group will Chair the board and lead the representation of the estate agent community, while other representatives include: 


  • Kevin Day,  Head of Lettings (Central and South) Connells Group 

  • Eric Walker, Managing Director at Martin and Co (South & Scotland) 

  • Hannah Gretton, National Lettings Director of LSL Property Services plc

  • John Paul, CEO of The Castledene Group and Director of Propertymark


To ensure the wider industry is represented, the remaining places on the board are held by: 


  • Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association

  • Kristjan Byfield, Co-Founder of The Depositary and 'base property specialists'

  • Russell Humphrey, Founder of the Humphrey Group

  • Ben Quiney, Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder of FocalAgent


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


Michael Cook, National Lettings Managing Director at Leaders Romans Group and Chair of the Lettings Advisory Board said: "We are excited to take an important step towards ensuring our industry better reflects those who work within it – which is what this board represents. The end goal will see greater customer collaboration through direct communication with our agents, who now have a dedicated and formal space for their voices, thoughts, and experiences to be heard. I am very proud to chair this group.”


Andy Marshall Chief Commercial Officer at Zoopla and Vice-Chair of the Lettings Advisory Board said: “We all have a collective responsibility as portals, estate agents and as a wider industry to create a successful lettings market that delivers for both consumers and the businesses that operate within it. We’re very pleased that such a distinguished group have joined us on the board and together; we aim to not only find practical solutions to address the challenges letting agents face, but also unlock new ideas and opportunities that will influence the ongoing success of the industry.”


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