Adrian Jeakings, who has previous experience as president of the Newspaper Society, chairman of the News Media Association and CEO of Archant, has been appointed the new chairman of the National landlords Association (NLA).
Jeakings, who joined the NLA’s board of directors in June last year as a non-executive director, has replaced Carolyn Uphill, who had been chairman since July 2013.
During Uphill’s time as chairman she oversaw the growth of the organisation, with an increase of 16,000 paying members. In total the NLA now works with 81,000 landlords, up from 39,000 from 2013.
“Carolyn has been a fantastic Chairman, and the growth of the NLA during her tenure has been great to see,” said Jeakings. “I’d like to thank her for the all her hard work, and to praise her for the dedication and passion she has shown in standing up for landlords and championing the important role they play in providing much needed homes.”
He continued: “I too want to put our members at the heart of everything we do and my focus will be to ensure that they have the support they need to make a success of renting homes.
“I look forward to helping the organisation continue to grow our membership and to improve our strength in numbers, which I believe is crucial if we want to enhance our authority and better assert the landlord’s perspective to policy makers and in public debate.”
Uphill, outgoing Chairman, endorsed the NLA’s decision to appoint Jeakings.
She commented: “The private rented sector has witnessed a lot of change over the last 5 years. Chairing the organisation and watching it grow and develop in such turbulent circumstances has had its challenges, but has been a privilege and an honour.
“There will continue to be many challenges ahead, but I’m certain that under Adrian’s leadership, the NLA will continue to grow to support the needs of landlords across the UK.”